In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, the President of New York City’s Brooklyn Borough is urging off-duty members of New York’s finest to carry wherever they go- even in church.
“I used to carry my gun all the time when I went to church,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said at a Sunday press conference. “If we have police officers standing in front of churches, then we can’t say it’s wrong for a police officer who’s off duty to be inside churches with a gun. If they’re leaving those firearms home, I now say to them: Stop leaving your firearm home. Do as I do. Bring your firearm to church.”
The NYPD patrol a city that is home to some of the strictest gun control measures in the United States, where concealed carry permits are often limited on a “shall-issue” basis to the wealthy and politically-connected.
In addition, many NYPD officers are known for not carrying off-duty, and being rather lackluster in terms of marksmanship training and weapons maintenance.
However, the recent assault on a Pittsburgh synagogue may lead officers to re-evaluate their situation.
According to the New York Post, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly questioned a recent suggestion by President Donald Trump to staff houses of worship with armed guards.
“I don’t know about armed guards,” Kelly said. “That armed guard could be the first person killed. You had four police officers wounded yesterday. There is no panacea.”
Similarly, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto scoffed at the idea, opting instead to “take the guns.”
“I think the approach we need to be looking at is how we take the guns -which is the common denominator in every mass shooting in America- out of the hands of those that are looking to express hatred through murder,” Peduto said during a news conference.
The synagogue shooting took place on Saturday morning, and resulted in the death of 12 citizens, two patrol officers and two SWAT team members.
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