BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Last weekâ€™s decision by an Essex County, N.J. judge to scrap Newarkâ€™s crack-down on gun offenders because thereâ€™s no evidence that the â€œGun Strategyâ€ program has done anything to curb crime was likened to an â€œepiphanyâ€ by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, State Superior Court Assignment Judge Patricia Costello reportedly saw no benefit from the four-year-old program. She was quoted as sating, â€œIt didnâ€™t work the way it was intended.â€
â€œObviously,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb, â€œJudge Costello arrived at a moment of true clarity. She discovered what gun rights advocates have long understood: Feel-good gun control schemes do nothing to reduce crime.
â€œThis is the â€˜dirty little secretâ€™ of gun control,â€ he added. â€œStudies by reputable researchers and even the Centers for Disease and Control have revealed that gun control laws, including the Clinton semi-auto ban have done nothing to reduce violent crime.
â€œQuite the contrary,â€ Gottlieb continued. â€œOf no surprise to us, the newspaper said gun crime actually increased since the program was implemented. Murders increased from 65 in 2002 to 97 last year and non-fatal shootings climbed from 236 in 2002 to 322 last year.
â€œMeanwhile,â€ Gottlieb added, â€œin state after state with sensible concealed carry laws, crime has gone down and anti-gunners have repeatedly been proven wrong when their dire predictions of murder, mayhem and blood in the streets never came true.
â€œIn Newarkâ€™s case,â€ he noted, â€œgun offenders were essentially slapped on the wrist merely by raising their bail. They obviously continued committing crimes, because they kept showing up as repeat offenders, getting higher bails. Weâ€™re astonished that nobody in the system figured this out before Judge Costello stepped in.
â€œIf you want to reduce gun crime in New Jersey,â€ Gottlieb concluded, â€œhit criminals with â€˜Three Strikesâ€™ and â€˜Hard Time for Armed Crimeâ€™ laws, which were championed by gun owners. Pass shall-issue legislation, and a solid stand-your-ground law. Put criminals on notice that if the system doesnâ€™t get them, one of their intended victims might. Criminals will have two options: Change their ways, or wish they had.â€