New York City Mayor urges parents to search children's bags, other weapons

New York City Mayor urges parents to search children's bags, other weapons

After Tuesday s school massacre in Texas, New York City Mayor Eric Adams struck a different tone than the Democrats who focused on gun-control laws after Tuesday s school massacre in Texas when he said the key to stopping shootings starts in the home is to prevent shootings in the home.

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The mayor spoke at a press conference Wednesday about gun laws, but used the majority of the briefing to urge parents of schoolchildren to search their children's bags and rooms for firearms, ammunition, and other weapons. He said he doesn't want to blame them or the children for violent incidents, but that parents were a missing piece in the efforts to stop school gun violence.

The Adams administration hopes to add $1.4 billion in new public safety funds from fiscal years 2023 to 2026, according to a report from the New York City Independent Budget Office. The report said that the administration plans to increase the NYPD budget but doesn't plan to increase uniform police headcount.

On Wednesday, the first-term mayor referenced a 2011 video that surfaced during his campaign - for which he mocked - where he gave instructions to parents on how to search their child's belongings for contraband. He planned to release an updated version of the video focusing on social media.

Adams said at the briefing, if you see AK-47 s in the rooms of your children, something is wrong. The comments are a reflection of his uncharacteristic approach to public safety, which is more akin to Bill Clinton era politics than today s Democratic mainstream.

In the Senate, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested that he would seek a vote on gun legislation, while President Joe Biden criticized the gun lobby and urged congressional action as well.

The New York governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, used a Wednesday press conference to push for legislative solutions to the epidemic of gun violence in the country. Hochul said she would urge the state s legislature to raise the age to buy assault weapons from 18 to 21 and that if the US Supreme Court rules that most people have the constitutional right to carry a handgun outside the home, she would call for a special session to address the ruling.

I ll do whatever I can to protect people in this state, Hochul said.

The two New York leaders acknowledged their limited power to make wholesale changes due to Republican resistance to restrictions on gun purchases and laws that vary from state to state.

On Tuesday, 19 schoolchildren, two teachers and a gunman were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. It marks the latest mass shooting in the US, a day after 10 Black shoppers were killed in an attack at a Buffalo, New York supermarket, and a man was killed and multiple people injured in an attack at a Taiwanese church in Southern California.

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