In the latest news of the obvious, USA Today went to Camden, New Jersey (skyline at right), to see how successfully that state’s uber-restrictive gun laws have cut off the flow of firearms to bad guys. They haven’t, it turns out. As the article’s subhead puts it, “Gun law changes sought in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., wouldn’t address the plague of gun violence in Camden, N.J., where poverty and crime feed an enduring and bloody cycle.”
From USA Today:
In a 2011 report, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which advocates stricter gun laws, considered New Jersey the state with the second strongest gun laws in America. New Jersey topped the list because among other things, the state requires permits to purchase any handgun, a special identification card to purchase long guns, and background checks in issuing permits. It requires firearms dealers to be licensed and prohibits the possession and transfer of assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines.