NEW YORK The Brooklyn Borough President is calling on all retired and off-duty officers to carry a gun with them when they go to a house of worship and his words come a day after a gunman opened fire inside a synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people.
Later, Democratic State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who represents part of Brooklyn, applauded Adams’ message on Twitter.
“I am registering immediately for a gun license. And I encourage other Jews to do so to protect their institutions and synagogues,” he said in the tweet. “If we are targets, we need to be prepared.”
On the other side, however, Mayor de Blasio opposed Adams’ idea.
“Houses of worship do not have to have armed guards to be able to practice their religions,” he said.
On Saturday, a gunman, allegedly 46-year-old Robert Bowers, opened fire during a prayer service at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Eight men and three women were killed in the rampage before a tactical police team tracked him down and shot him.
The suspect expressed hatred of Jews during the rampage and later told police that “all these Jews need to die,” authorities said.
Six people were injured in the attack, including four officers.
Three Jewish doctors were first to treat antisemitic gunman in the hospital while still screaming he wants to kill all the Jews. FBI agents were present during exchange in hospital room.