Mayor Adams Offers Very Bad Advice to New Yorkers

By Larry Keane

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U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams was elected to get his city back on a path to safety. He’s instead continued down the path of his predecessors to punish law-abiding New Yorkers. He’s failed to turn the focus and resources towards those that commit crimes and hold them to account.

The result is crime surging and Mayor Adams’s recent “big announcement” was a nationalized gun control plan that will do little in his city.

Mayor Adams is facing the likelihood that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down New York’s restrictive “may issue” pistol permitting law, his plan is to instill fear overconfidence. He told the media, “We should be very afraid. I’m very concerned.”

The Stakes

New York is one of just eight “may issue” states that restrict concealed carry permits to law-abiding gun owners based on the whims of bureaucrats. New Yorkers must first prove they have a “good enough” reason before a government agency allows a permit to protect oneself outside the home. This differs from other states where if a firearm owner who passes the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) verification and applies for a carry permit, the state “shall issue” the permit.

States with “may issue” restrictions are ripe for corruption. California and New York – specifically in Mayor Adams’s New York City – are prime examples of why the law should be struck down. In 2016, federal prosecutors uncovered a pay-to-play scheme within the New York Police Department’s licensing division where workers were paid thousands of dollars to rubber-stamp carry permits. Four officers connected to the scheme were arrested.

The corruption is disgusting enough but the right of law-abiding Americans to carry a firearm shouldn’t be left to arbitrary whims and inconsistent decision-makers. The landmark 2008 U.S. Supreme Court Heller decision recognized the pre-existing right of Americans to own and possess firearms for self-defense. The court will shortly rule on New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen challenging New York’s “may issue” law in the coming weeks.

False Forecasting

Mayor Adams likely sees the writing on the walls. Make no mistake, a Supreme Court ruling that strikes down NYSRPA v. Bruen is a good thing for law-abiding New Yorkers and Americans protecting themselves and their families. The prospect of “may issue” laws falling, though, has national gun control groups, President Joe Biden, New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul and Mayor Adams scared.

At a press conference, the mayor was asked about the imminent ruling. The city, despite his new leadership, is still facing an ongoing crime spike and violence.

“This is a significant issue for our city: it is the right to carry. After what we saw what the Supreme Court did on abortions, we should be very afraid,” Mayor Adams said, referring to a pending gun rights case. “In a densely populated community like New York, this ruling could have a major impact on us.” He continued, saying, “But we should all be concerned.”

The mayor is flat wrong. No greater example exists than the recent Brooklyn subway attack, where one individual targeted innocent New Yorkers left defenseless by New York’s strict gun laws.

Mayor Adams isn’t offering protection against criminals, given the two-year surge in criminal violence in New York City and across the country that has seen prosecutors go soft-on-criminals, often releasing to them commit additional crimes and the rise of “defund the police” policies and law enforcement stretched thin by resignations and retirements. This was the exact reasoning raised by Supreme Court Justices during the case’s oral arguments in November 2021.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh questioned New York’s solicitor general about why the discretionary law should stand. “Why isn’t it good enough to say I live in a violent area, and I want to be able to defend myself? With any constitutional right, if it’s up to the discretion of an individual officer, that seems inconsistent with an objective constitutional right.”

Justice Samuel Alito asked, “How many illegal guns were seized by the New York Police Department last year? All these people with illegal guns, they’re on the subway, and they’re walking around the streets. But the ordinary, hard-working, law-abiding people I mentioned, no, they can’t be armed?”

The former U.S. Solicitor General arguing for permit applicants and NYSRPA told the Court, “At the end of the day, I think what it means to give somebody a constitutional right is that they don’t have to satisfy a government official that they have a really good need to exercise it or they face atypical risks.”

Words vs. Actions

Mayor Adams campaigned on getting tough on crime and returning safety to his city’s residents. His actions have shown the opposite. He claimed while campaigning that he himself would carry concealed on the job and forego the mayor’s private security detail. Those are both false as he later admitted. Instead of focusing on the criminals committing violent crimes and holding them to account, he’s parroted a gun control agenda that was more likely pulled from President Biden’s false talking points.

“The problem we’re facing is a problem that is hitting our entire nation right now and that is why it is a national response,” Mayor Adams recently said. “We need a national response to this issue.”

Instead of focusing on “a national response,” the mayor should focus on criminals in his city. If he’s not going to follow through on those promises, New Yorkers are right to want to arm themselves for safety and security. He shouldn’t be concerned about their Constitutional right to do so.


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G-man

Well I guess if the criminal has no responsibility to obey the law I guess neither do we if that is the only way we can protect ourselves, constitution gives you that right to protect yourself not some a hole who was unelected

Arny

SHALL NOT INFRINGE !

Cruiser

When he was campaigning, I knew he would be just another disappointment,
but the people weren’t listening. Being a COP only qualifies you for one thing, being a COP. I know exactly who Adams is, he became a COP as a means to get into political office. I worked with a guy like that, he wanted to become a “City Administrator.” He didn’t want a career in law enforcement.

Captn John

Adams is a democrat, just a black version of DiBlasio

john

Here is a example of the problem there is a video of this attack in NYC the guy is black period! The police report this happened a month ago Adams you should be ashamed and quite today. Police described the suspect as a male with a dark complexion, athletic build and short dark hair. He is believed to be 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.  Police have released video of a man who they say attacked a street food vendor in Times Square with a milk crate and traffic cones earlier this month in hopes that the… Read more »

swmft

focus on criminals in ny??? police prosecutors, mayors office procurement for city , just starting getting government in order would fill every jail on the east coast

john

Adams now how did that happen because NY it is a democratic run cesspool that is equal only to California.

Russn8r

“Our ATF partners.” ~Larry Keane, NSSF

buzzsaw

The ATF is “partners” kind of like the Mafia is “protection.”

Russn8r

NSSF has a history of anti-2A leadership, including Stephen Sanetti, Ruger’s right hand man who pushed assault weapon bans and magazine limits.

BigJim

Bill Ruger douchebag.

Russn8r

May corrupt, self-serving, treasonous douchebag Bill Ruger rot in hell cleaning Satan’s “gun”.

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Ope

That crazy SOB is so unqualified and just plain ignorant why do NY’s even tolerate it ? He needs to walk the streets and ride the subways without his armed security a couple days.

john

He needs to become a victim like so many citizens of NYC let him catch one in the head. Democrats the party that deceives I have often wondered if NY elections are on the up and up.

Ope

For that to happen would be true justice. Politics in NYC is and always has been corrupt. Voter and election fraud is all they know.

glockster68

yes he does…but even then he would push gun control because he is getting paid by Bloomturd and every other anti freedom zombie group out there.

JSNMGC

What did that guy do for a living before he became mayor?

Ope

He was a cop with NYPD.

john

Elected by race not by his record or views on crime if that was so the jails would be filling up. The fact is Adams is returning criminals back to commit more felonies against NYC residents.

That is the democratic plan of action at this point it’s very clear what their policies on crime are.

JSNMGC

I guess he’s just a bad apple.

I hear there are only a few.

swmft

there are so many worms in that apple that it is rotten to the core

Ope

I think he was more selected than elected. Affirmative action at its worst. We’ve come to expect no less from them blue state politicians. Red states for the most part will continue to shine .

john

It painfully obvious when the President of the United States appoints women because they are Black then says that to the world. Whos The fu -king raciest now the democrats promise the minority % of the population whatever they are hoping for then they fail to deliver.

Russn8r

Oh joy. Then he MUST be pro-gun, right?

3l120

When he was running for office, he said he would carry and not use a protection detail. Seems to have changed his mind on both.

Sisu

31120, I’d like to see the source for those claims. Regardless, I expect the claims are accurate. Adams is a gross representation of all which is wrong with affirmative action; and that skin tone does not matter – a human POS is a human POS irrespective of their skin tone. Also, Adams is all which is wrong with “professional policing”. … End “police forces”, they are nothing but “standing armies” beholden to their unions which in turn pander to (and fund the campaigns of / deliver union votes to) morally corrupt politicians. Arm the law abiding populace, and again commit… Read more »

JSNMGC

“‘Yes I will, number one,’ Adams told the FAQ NYC podcast when asked if he’d pack a firearm as mayor.
‘And number two, I won’t have a security detail. If the city is safe, the mayor shouldn’t have a security detail with him. He should be walking the street by himself.’”

https://nypost.com/2020/01/30/eric-adams-says-he-will-carry-his-own-gun-if-elected-mayor/