New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement on the early morning shooting of Carey Gabay, deputy counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, is awfully similar to the governor’s. Both asked for prayers for Gabay, who was shot in the head after apparently walking into a gang-related shootout, and declared the incident a reminder of the importance of getting guns off the streets.

Tweeters reminded Cuomo that he had just this January signed “the most comprehensive gun control reform in the nation” — the SAFE Act — which was supposed to do just that, particularly with regard to semiautomatic weapons.

Mayor de Blasio’s tweet set him up for a similar reaction.

No disrespect intended to those injured or killed today, but it was a stabbing in New York this morning, not a shooting, that proved fatal. Our prayers that Gabay pulls through.