Leading NYC Mayoral Candidate Says He’ll Ditch Security and Carry His Own Gun if He Wins

Leading NYC Mayoral Candidate Says He’ll Ditch Security and Carry His Own Gun if He Wins
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The leading Democrat candidate to become New York City’s next mayor said he will shun private security and carry a firearm for his safety.

From the Washington Examiner:

“Yes I will, No. 1,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said in January 2020 when asked if he would keep his firearm if elected mayor.

“And No. 2, I won’t have a security detail. If the city is safe, the mayor shouldn’t have a security detail with him. He should be walking the street by himself,” he added.

Adams is leading a crowded field of candidates to be New York City’s next mayor. According to local polling of the race, the gun-toting candidate has 21% support, beating out the 18% support currently held by former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

A former New York City Police Department captain, Adams doesn’t take a stance on guns traditionally associated with the Democratic Party and has even said that police officers should carry their sidearms when not on duty:

“If we have officers who are trained on how to respond to emergencies, how to move people to safety, how to properly use a firearm — if they’re leaving those firearms at home, I’m saying to them, stop leaving your firearms at home,” Adams said at the time. “Do as I do: Bring your firearm to church.”

The former cop’s candidacy comes at a time when crime is on the rise in the nation’s largest city, with some critics blaming current Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s move to slash the NYPD’s budget as a factor in the crime spree.

But Adams has stressed his support for NYPD.

“We’re not going to recover as a city if we turn back time and see an increase in violence, particularly gun violence,” Adams said of the movement to defund police.


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