Opinion: Compared to the Rest of Nation, NJ Has Fewer Guns But More Gun Crimes
Anytime shootings and gun crimes go up, we hear calls for gun control. But is that really the answer?
A recent special report by 247wallst.com showed states where gun-related crimes are surging. New Jersey is one of them.
The study followed gun tracing by the ATF. Guns that are traced by the ATF are typically those found at crime scenes and are that have either been used or are suspected to have been used, to commit a crime.
Those tracings were up 11.5% from 2021 to 2022. And even though gun purchases were up in the state, during that same period, we still have almost the least amount of guns of any state in the country.
In fact, another 247wallst.com report shows what most of us already know. New Jersey is one of the states that has some of the lowest numbers of legal gun sales in the country.
In all of the 50 states, New Jersey came in 49th in background checks for the purchase of firearms. Less legal Guns, More gun crimes. So how to explain?
Of course, we know that an increase in gun crimes could happen for a multitude of reasons. But it’s interesting to note that one of those reasons is not how many legal gun owners we have.
It makes perfect sense to me. While it’s important to note that correlation does not imply causation and correlation between gun sales and gun crimes is a complex issue, doesn’t it sound like most of the people committing gun crimes are doing so with illegal guns?
It’s a no-brainer that one of the reasons gun crimes could go up even if gun sales are down is that criminals are obtaining guns through illegal means.
If a decrease in gun sales by law-abiding citizens is because of how difficult it is to buy a legal gun in NJ, while criminals are obtaining them easily, there’s an unfair balance of power.
That’s why in my opinion, it doesn’t make sense to restrict gun laws even further than we have in this state—to make it even more difficult for law-abiding citizens to buy guns in New Jersey.
Especially because those with nefarious intent are able to obtain them on the black market with no such restrictions.