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Assessing Gun-Control Legislation in New Jersey: A Moving Target

Some of the more ambitious bills to help fight gun violence have been vetoed or are stalled in committee

Guns collected during Bergen County's gun buyback program / Patch file photo
Guns collected during Bergen County's gun buyback program / Patch file photo
by Hank Kalet, NJSpotlight.com

How are the governor and state Legislature doing in their efforts to curb gun violence?

Gun-control advocates will likely say that Gov. Chris Christie has failed to address a potentially deadly problem, and that the state’s already strong laws need to be tightened to better protect New Jerseyans against the kinds of mass shootings that seem to occur with some frequency, most recently in Washington D.C. and Chicago.

Gun-rights groups may not mention the governor at all, while harshly criticizing Sen. President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), whom they accuse of attacking their rights.

The polls are no more definitive.

In a Monmouth University poll released September 17, 9 percent of respondents gave Christie an A on gun issues; 21 percent gave him a B; 27 percent, a C; 21 percent, a D; and 19 percent, an F (12 percent did not grade him).

And a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released September 18 found that about seven in 10 New Jerseyans are “very concerned” about gun violence, with another 22 percent saying they are “somewhat concerned.”

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Teaneck_Resident December 10, 2013 at 02:51 PM
The bottom line is that no matter what people think, politicians are pushing for more gun laws that restrict the rights of lawful citizens rather than deal with the issues that lead to violence. Why are they doing this? Because it's the "popular" thing to do in NJ. People need to wake up and realize that these politicians are essentially selling out the safety of every NJ citizen, man, woman and child by passing laws that are aimed at lawful citizens. Let's put our differences aside for a second. Does anyone truly believe that any sane and lawful firearms owner would have done what Adam Lanzza did? If you do you are wrong. Adam Lanzza was mentally ill and until we address mental illness, drugs, gangs and poverty we will never combat the true issues. People, stop using your emotions, take a step back and realize that firearms are not the problem. The problems are mental illness, drugs, gangs and poverty. So go hold your representatives accountable for not dealing with these issues.
Teaneck_Resident December 10, 2013 at 02:53 PM
And a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released September 18 found that about seven in 10 New Jerseyans are “very concerned” about gun violence, with another 22 percent saying they are “somewhat concerned.” The above statement is the same as saying that seven in 10 New Jerseyans are “very concerned” about spoons, with another 22 percent saying they are “somewhat concerned about spoons because of obesity. Rather than dealing with obesity we deal with the spoon. What we need to be concerned about are the root issues.
John Santaella December 10, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Guns! Guns! Guns! The number of murders in the US keeps going down. 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 15087 14916 14224 13752 12996 The population of the US is going up so that not only are the number of murders going down but the murder rate is also decreasing. It is estimated that there are over 200 million guns in this country. The murders, by a handgun, have been about 6000. Less than half the murders in this country are committed by handguns. You're not going to be shot while at home by an intruder or randomly walking in your neighborhood either. 350 murders in 1210 were committed with rifles. How many of these by the vaunted ''assault'' rifle? Let's stop looking at 'gun control' as the answer to gun death prevention.

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