NEW YORK (PIX11) — Mayor Eric Adams made a public safety announcement alongside other city officials on Wednesday.

The address was made following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two adults. Adams was joined by NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell and Schools Chancellor David Banks.

“Yesterday, I’m sure you held your children a little harder,” the mayor said.

Adams said that there has been “an endless flow of guns” on New York City streets, in the subway system, and in schools. Since the start of the academic year, 20 guns have been recovered on school property citywide, according to the mayor.

Last week, a school safety team found a backpack with two guns and 18 bullets inside, the mayor said. Adams did not elaborate on where the backpack was found.

The next day, police were called to a middle school in Brooklyn after a staff member overheard a conversation between students, Adams said. A 13-year-old boy was discovered in possession of a loaded .380 caliber semi-automatic firearm in a backpack, according to the mayor.

“Thanks to the work of the school safety team and educators, they were able to prevent a tragedy this time — this time,” Adams said. “Public safety can’t be about luck and overhearing conversations. It must be about clear directions about stopping this violence.”

The mayor urged parents to sit down with their children to talk about gun violence.

“If kids are getting involved in guns, we need to intervene and get help right away,” he said. “Parents are not only parents; they are lifeguards … they are here to help their children protect themselves and from others.”

Adams also mentioned the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Khyara Tay and the suspects connected to the killing being teenage boys. He added that the city is working to curb the rise of gun violence.