After the wave of shootings, Manhattan DA is taking a tougher stance on guns

Both of these men worked as defense attorneys before joining. Mr. Bragg, on the other hand, is a former federal prosecutor, and he has consistently stressed the need for public safety. During an appearance with the Citizens Crime Commission on Monday, he changed his usual mantra of “security and justice.”

“I’ve almost thought of saying, rather than ‘security and justice’, it’s like ‘security and security’,” he said, explaining that even the most lenient or reformist of his policies – the “justice” part of His platform – was aimed at protecting the public.

James McGuire, a former Manhattan prosecutor who was attorney general for Governor George E. Pataki, a Republican for three terms, noted this appearance, saying, “The prosecutor’s attorney made the backlash from his first-day memo furious and effective.”

And Christina Greer, a professor of political science at Fordham University, said that although Mr Bragg had not necessarily turned himself around, he had clearly changed his priorities.

“He’s not a politician, but I think he’s quickly realized that this is a political job,” she said. “And when the primary conversation in New York is about security and gun violence, it can seem a little tone-deaf if he talks about anything else.”

Ms. Greer said there was a racial component to the way Mr Bragg, the first black person to hold office, had been received.

“Alvin serves as a proxy for white fears that a city is running amok,” she said.

Much of Mr Bragg’s campaign platform was shaped by his personal experience and that of his family members. He often talked about his father, who owned an illegal gun and handed it over at a buy-back event, and his brother-in-law, who was charged with possession of a weapon after being arrested along with one of his friends who had held a gun. Their cases, Mr Bragg said, showed that not all people who had guns were prone to commit violent acts. (This week, Mr Bragg called their experiences “atypical”).

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