Democratic New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams told CNBC that dealing with rising gun violence in the United States means tackling the handgun crisis in the country.
“We have ignored the handgun crisis that primarily affects black, brown and poor communities,” said the Brooklyn Borough President. “We tackled the assault weapons, but we didn’t deal with the handguns. It was a big mistake. Let’s stop the flow.”
In order to stop the handgun movement, Adams told “The News with Shepard Smith” that law enforcement agencies must cooperate at the federal, state and municipal levels to share information and focus on traffickers. guns and illegal gangs.
Adams took his own advice on Monday and met with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to denounce gun violence amid increasing shootings across New York City. Lawmakers unveiled a bipartisan bill to tackle the illegal transfer of firearms across state lines.
There have been 803 shootings in New York City this year, and they are up 28.9% citywide from 2020, according to the latest NYPD data.
Adams told host Shepard Smith that if he becomes mayor on day one he will focus on the communities that have normalized lawlessness and work to improve the quality of life for residents.
“We’re going to use precision policing, focus on these gang members and really partner with our local district attorneys, so that we can stop seeing this revolving door criminal justice system, where people commit crimes with guns and they’re out the next day, it’s just unacceptable and it’s really damaging the quality of life in our city, ”Adams said.