Saturday, January 5, 2013
Letter to New Jersey Press on Gun Control
Armed assailants killed two women near Essex County College and three Gloucester Township police officers inside their police station. Newark Mayor Cory Booker claims that 34 gun murders occur every day in the United States. Crime rates have climbed in Newark and Trenton, where cities instituted massive police layoffs. The New Jersey Legislature wants stricter gun laws. Gov. Christie wants to expand gun control. The governor’s support for gun control is illogical, unsubstantiated, and uninformed.
Washington D.C. had strict gun laws and one of the highest crime rates in the country. After the United States Supreme Court struck down the handgun ban, Washington’s crime rate dropped. The University of Central Florida’s Kleck and Gertz study, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Cato Institute have concluded that gun control does not control gun violence. Israel and Switzerland have a higher rate of gun ownership, but fewer deaths.
NRA President Wayne LaPierre correctly argued: "The only protection against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with gun." Not gun control but more gun ownership protects our inner city communities from armed attacks. Removing the "gun free zone" stipulations from our schools will make them less likely targets for potential assailants. Enlisting private militias, if necessary, or summoning New Jersey’s National Guard would protect the state.
I respect Gov. Christie’s stance on fiscal discipline and other social issues. This country needs to discuss the growing national trend of gun violence. But Christie is wrong to advocate for gun control.