‘It’s dumb’ – New York Daily News

Mayor Adams criticized gun rights advocates on Friday, as well as their argument that “good guys with guns” save lives, saying simply that their position on the issue is “foolish.”

“It’s not about Jesse James and the Sundance Kid, who can draw faster, you know?” she said, responding to a reporter’s question about the pro-gun argument. “For those who claim that if all the bad guys have guns, let’s equalize it by making all the good guys have guns, that’s so silly.”

In recent days, Adams has expressed grave concern about an impending Supreme Court decision that could lead to the repeal of a longstanding state law that requires gun owners to have a license to carry a concealed firearm. The situation, Adams said, should make New Yorkers “very scared,” predicting that repeal of the law would have a “major impact” on New York City, which has battled violent crime mightily in the last two years. .

The lawsuit, which is now in the Supreme Court, was brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. That group argues that the state’s concealed firearms licensing law violates the Second Amendment because it limits people’s right to bear arms.

The court’s decision is expected in the coming weeks. It will come after a recently leaked preliminary court ruling revealed that it intends to overturn its Roe v. Wade, which has given women the right to have an abortion for nearly 50 years.

Adams argues that repeal of New York’s concealed carry law would inflame an already dire situation regarding violent crime and the proliferation of weapons, especially handguns, in New York and other major cities.

Fighting street crime has prompted Adams to make it his administration’s top priority. And while shootings have dropped slightly recently, they are still much higher than they were before the pandemic.

Adams has credited himself with police removing more than 2,500 illegal guns from the streets since he became mayor, but blamed the courts for not setting bail high enough for defendants who might pose a danger. if they were released. In a city as densely populated as New York, he argued that the proliferation of more guns, which are also legal, would not help matters.

“Some of these shootings that we’re seeing, people are in dispute because someone cut them off in the street. People are in dispute because someone got upset on the subway. People are in dispute over the silliest things,” said Adams, a former NYPD captain. “There’s a tendency for people to think, if they have a gun, why have it if I’m not using it? That’s just the mentality of carrying a gun. We have to clean our streets of weapons from good guys and bad guys so that we don’t have this violence.”

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