Gun advocates reject New Jersey governor’s legislative package | New Jersey
(The Center Square) — The leader of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society has rejected Gov. Phil Murphy’s renewed call to pass the gun safety legislative package he first proposed in April 2021.
The Garden State’s first two-term Democratic governor in more than 40 years urged lawmakers to pass the package in April and again on May 25, a day after 19 children and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The victims included best friends, cousins and honor roll students, The Center Square reported.
“There’s no correlation to tougher gun laws and less ‘gun violence’. If that were the case, Trenton, Camden, Newark and the like would be gunless utopias and Governor Murphy could visit these towns without its tax-funded armed guards,” company president Alex “Alejandro” Roubian told Center Square.
Steps the state has taken in response to gun violence include establishing a “red flag” law for gun violence protection orders, criminalizing gun trafficking, strengthening checks antecedents, limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines and banning “ghost weapons”.
Additionally, New Jersey created the Gun Violence Research Center to identify evidence-based solutions to gun violence and partnered with Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania so law enforcement can share gun data, the governor’s office said.
“Disarming innocent people is the greatest act of violence. It happened because of gun control, not because of its absence,” Roubian said. “Children are entitled to the same, if not more, protection than the politicians who made them easy targets.”
In investigations, local police have come under fire for lack of action and poor analysis of the situation. The students called 911 from the classrooms, pleading for help.
A study by the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center and five Rutgers University schools released a report claiming that states with stricter gun laws reported lower suicide and homicide rates, said reported Rutgers University.
Researchers used the State Gun Laws Database to compare nationwide suicide and homicide rates from 1991 to 2017 with the number of gun laws in each state. Even after controlling for unemployment and overall gun ownership rates, the researchers said the number of a state’s gun laws was a significant predictor of homicide and suicide rates. , reported the university.
The Garden States 2A Grassroots Organization rejected Murphy’s previous call for more gun control laws in April, calling them unconstitutional.
“GS2AGO strongly opposes these bills. Each of these proposals is unconstitutional,” the organization said in a blog post in April. “None of these bills make anyone safer and they certainly don’t stop criminals from acting violently with guns – because criminals won’t obey any of these laws either. Laws like these only violate the rights of law-abiding people.”