NY, NJ, CT Address Gun Control and School Safety – NBC New York
Safety was a priority for parents and caregivers in the tri-state area on Wednesday as children headed to school the day after the horrific mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that claimed the lives of 19 children and two educators.
New York City is grappling with a spike in gun violence. Since beginning his administration, Mayor Eric Adams has said he will address the spike in gun violence that has plagued the city in recent months.
Along with other city and school officials on Wednesday, Adams addressed New Yorkers to assure them that he had not lost sight of his promise to rid New York of illegal guns and said the city is doing everything possible to keep the streets safe – while urging parents to get involved in school safety.
During Adams’ press conference, an NYPD officer brandished a .380 semi-automatic handgun found in the backpack of a 13-year-old student at a Brooklyn college this month as an example of the numerous weapons found in city schools this year.
‘We’ve recovered 20 firearms – 20 from schools since the start of the year,’ Mayor Eric Adams said at the press conference, which had already planned to speak about public safety ahead of the tragic school shooting. from Texas.
A total of 5,546 dangerous instruments were recovered from schools, including knives and other potentially sharp objects. This is a 124% increase from the last pre-pandemic school year.
Meanwhile, the 20 weapons found this school year represent a 300% increase. The mayor said one of them only found out because a school employee overheard a conversation that the child said he had a gun.
“Public safety can’t be a matter of luck and eavesdropping,” Adams said, adding that he wanted a new type of metal detector that worked without a security line – and that he wanted parents immediately check their children’s bags.
“If you see boxes of bullets, something is wrong. We have to stop living life the way it should be and live life the way it is,” he said.
U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado was sworn in as New York’s next lieutenant governor on Wednesday.
One simple change could be coming to the nation’s largest school district — no more open-door policy.
“I spoke today with the head of the head teachers’ union who suggested locking our front doors. Once our students are in school, the front doors must be locked,” New York Schools Chancellor David Banks said of some of the additional safety proposals the district is considering.
For her part, Governor Kathy Hochul also said Wednesday that New York State Police will conduct daily checks at all schools by the end of the school year.
The New York governor also said she wants to raise the age to legally purchase the type of guns used in this month’s mass shootings in Buffalo and Texas to 21 – and that she could also want to change the rules for other firearms.
Hochul, a Democrat, is among swarms of elected leaders at all levels of government in several states calling for immediate and aggressive action against guns
“Am I supposed to leave the flags at half mast? They are still at half mast since Buffalo. No, I don’t want to,” she said.
In a series of tweets, Hochul goes on to say that the Interstate Gun Task Force, which was formed, seized over 4,100 illegal firearms. She also said more needs to be done in Washington to tighten gun control.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the state’s governor on Wednesday called for passage of the gun safety reform he originally proposed in 2021.
“From Uvalde to Buffalo, recent tragedies have reaffirmed that without fundamental reform, no community is immune to the epidemic of gun violence,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “The senseless killings in Texas should strengthen our resolve to act today – to avert similar horrors not through empty words and promises, but through concrete action to make every classroom and every neighborhood safer. Our children, as well that teachers who dedicate their lives to their education and safety, deserve nothing less.”
The Garden State has already established some measures in the past to address the gun violence epidemic, including establishing a “red flag” law for gun violence protection orders, criminalizing gun trafficking to fire, tightening background checks, reducing the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines, banning “ghost”. firearms,” creating the Gun Violence Research Center to find solutions and establishing a coalition of neighboring states (Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania) to share gun data among law enforcement.
Additionally, while there are no credible threats to New Jersey schools, the state attorney general has ordered law enforcement to immediately increase their presence on campuses across the state.
Connecticut lawmakers, including Governor Ned Lamont, and advocates urging Congress to pass tougher gun laws nationwide.
The mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two educators is a tragedy that Connecticut sadly knows all too well: On December 14, 2012, 20 elementary school children and six educators lost their lives Sandy Hook. The state passed a law banning more than 100 assault weapons and requiring background checks on all gun and ammunition purchases in the state following this attack nearly 10 years ago .
“In the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Texas, parents in Connecticut should have confidence that we are doing everything we can to keep our children safe, both physically and mentally,” Lamont said in a statement. tweet.
Now advocates and lawmakers are begging for change on a much larger scale.
Po Murray’s organization, Newton Action Alliance, which was formed after his neighbor carried out the mass murder in Sandy Hook, is urging federal lawmakers to support struggling communities in Texas, Connecticut and across the country acting.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., delivered a fiery speech in the Senate, lambasting his colleagues for inaction gun control. “Why are you spending all this time running for the United States Senate…if your answer is, as the killings increase, as our children run for their lives, we do nothing?”
“But it’s really up to all Americans. Until members of Congress fear voters more than the gun lobby, they won’t act,” Murray said.
Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz shared similar sentiments, saying in part in a tweet that the US Senate needed to break away from the NRA’s “grip”.
“Don’t tell me regular citizens need access to an AR-15 or any other military grade weapon,” his tweet read in part. “If you use the 2nd Amendment as an excuse, you are complicit in the murder of our children.”