In a move that surprised no one, New York City Mayor Eric Adams called for a “national” gun control response after a would-be mass murderer opened fire on a crowded subway train last week.
Adams is only the latest mayor of a major American city to deflect blame for rising crime onto guns and the federal government’s supposed inaction.
“The problem we’re facing… is in our entire nation right now. And that is why… we need a national response to this issue,” Adams told CNN. The mayor bragged about how the NYPD had been able to confiscate 1,800 guns in the last three months but called on the ATF to continue to assist those efforts.
“There are so many things we could do to assist the cities across America… to make sure we’re a safe place for our residents,” he concluded.
After NYC subway shooting, @NYCMayor calls for a "national response" on gun control.— Young Americans for Liberty (@YALiberty) April 12, 2022
Gun control doesn't stop violence. It leaves law-abiding people defenseless. If you want to deter criminals, pass constitutional carry. pic.twitter.com/OQPh6EeXXq
Adams’ call for national support comes just a few days after President Joe Biden announced a final rule aimed at banning homemade firearm kits. As GunsAmerica reported at the time, the new rule would:
- Ban kits that allow an unfinished receiver to be turned into a firearm
- Require gun dealers to serialize all firearms they obtain
- Redefine the term “frame or receiver” to incorporate split-receiver firearms like the AR-15
- Force gun dealers to retain all gun sale records and turn them over to the ATF when they go out of business
Biden also nominated U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach to become director of the ATF.
A lone attacker opened fire on a crowded New York City subway train last week after releasing smoke grenades. He fired 33 shots from a Glock 9mm handgun, which he purchased in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011. The gun reportedly jammed as he was trying to unload three extended magazines.
Ten people suffered gunshot wounds while at least another 13 were injured from smoke inhalation or other causes. So far, no one has died.
Adams is only the latest in a long line of mayors to blame their city’s rising violence on firearms. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, former New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, and former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms have all done the same.