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NYC Democratic mayoral nominee Adams says treat gun violence 'as public health emergency'

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“We have abandoned our cities,” Adams, who served more than two decades in the New York Police Department, emphasized in an interview on CBS News.

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“What’s happening in New York City is taking place in Chicago’s Southside; it’s taking place in California and Atlanta. You’re seeing gun violence and it’s so pervasive. But it’s more than gun violence. If we don’t educate, we will incarcerate,” Adams, who retired as a NYPD captain before entering a career in politics, added.

Brooklyn Borough President and a Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams greets NYPD officers as participants gather for a march through the financial district during a parade honoring essential workers for their efforts in getting New York City through the COVID-19 pandemic, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in New York. The parade kicked off at Battery Park and travel up Broadway in lower Manhattan, the iconic stretch known as the Canyon of Heroes, which has hosted parades honoring world leaders, celebrities and winning sports teams. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Brooklyn Borough President and a Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams greets NYPD officers as participants gather for a march through the financial district during a parade honoring essential workers for their efforts in getting New York City through the COVID-19 pandemic, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in New York. The parade kicked off at Battery Park and travel up Broadway in lower Manhattan, the iconic stretch known as the Canyon of Heroes, which has hosted parades honoring world leaders, celebrities and winning sports teams. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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On Wednesday morning, Adams said, “We have to treat gun violence as a public health emergency. Every agency in this city, in the country, must be part of dealing with gun violence.”

He vowed that if elected mayor in November, “we’re not going to make laws that are going to be hurtful to the public and to our law enforcement officials.”

And he had some criticism for his own party.

“When you look at the Democratic Party and you’re doing an analysis, you find very few people have ever been part of law enforcement,” Adams said. “And we have demonized public protection in this city and country because we have too many abusive officers who are allowed to stay in our agency. But at the same time, we have ignored the problems that fed violence in our country, and I say we need to stop doing that.”

Adams’ victory in the primary came on the same day that three-term Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York unveiled a seven-point anti-crime plan that included addressing gun violence like an “emergency public health issue.”

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Looking ahead to the 2022 midterms, when the Democrats will be defending their fragile majorities in both the House and Senate, Moyer said he thinks “Democrats running in competitive seats are not going to embrace the furthest left positions on police reform.”

But Moyer, a veteran of presidential and statewide campaigns, criticized congressional Republicans, arguing that “it’s clear that one party doesn’t want to do anything about gun violence.”

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