Despite skyrocketing violent crime in New York City, Democrat Mayor Eric Adams is losing his mind over the idea that NYC residents may soon be allowed to carry concealed handguns to protect themselves.
An impending decision from the U.S. Supreme Court may strike down a more than century-old state law which routinely leads to the denial of applications for concealed carry licenses for self-defense. The law, which took effect in 1911, allows local officials to choose whether or not to grant these permits, and also requires those who apply for licenses to show “proper cause” for keeping a concealed firearm. This stipulation is rarely met by gun owners in New York.
The lawsuit was initiated in 2021 by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, who claim that New York’s law violates the Second Amendment rights of residents who should have the freedom to carry a gun for self-defense purposes.
Firearm advocates have argued that, especially with the high crime rates in the city, if more New Yorkers had the ability to defend themselves with concealed handguns, the state and the city would be safer. Of course, as a leftist, Adams is pushing the opposite argument.
Using typical left-wing fearmongering tactics, the mayor warned New York City residents that they should be afraid of what could happen if the Supreme Court were to strike down the law.
“We should be very afraid,” he claimed, according to local news station WABC-TV.
“In a densely populated community like New York, this ruling could have a major impact on us,” Adams said, later adding, “We are now looking with our legal experts to see what we can do.”
“But we should all be concerned,” the mayor reiterated, suggesting that allowing New York City residents to carry handguns in public is the exact wrong way to combat skyrocketing violent crime.
Adams’ fearmongering stood in stark contrast to claims he made earlier this year when he asserted that New Yorkers were only experiencing “the perception of fear” amid a rise in violent incidents on the city’s subways.
At the time, many New Yorkers were outraged by his comments. One resident responded in a statement to the New York Post, saying: “The fear is real.”
“When you hear incidents that women are being thrown onto the subway tracks you’re scared,” the resident added.
Despite the justified fear of violent criminals that many of these residents are feeling, Adams seems to think that they should be more afraid of law-abiding gun owners.
The case that the Supreme Court will be deciding on in the near future, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, is considered one of the most significant tests of gun rights in at least a decade. In making their decision, the Supreme Court justices will essentially have to determine whether Americans’ have the fundamental right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense.
The decision is expected to have a significant impact on gun laws across the country.