Will new gun initiatives help stop violence in New Jersey’s cities?

Will new gun initiatives help stop violence in New Jersey’s cities?

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JERSEY CITY — Gov. Phil Murphy visited Jersey City Tuesday to announce that his administration is taking aim at gun-makers in an effort to lessen gun violence in New Jersey. But will pressure on Smith & Wesson from the state of New Jersey do anything to curb street violence in places like Jersey City, where four high school students were shot dead last year? Reaction is mixed, with praise for Murphy’s actions from Democratic officials and more muted support from local activists. Pamela Johnson is an anti-violence advocate who visited the Bethune community center on Martin Luther King Drive to watch Murphy’s announcement that he is joining the “Do Not Stand Idly By” campaign. The nationwide anti-gun violence initiative asks gun-makers to stop working with dealers who sell guns to “straw purchasers” and to widely adopt “smart gun” technology. Johnson said she’s happy about any steps to address gun violence but questions whether putting pressure on gun manufacturers will do anything to stop violence on the city’s south side. “We face greater issues on the south side that cause gun violence,” Johnson told The Jersey Journal. “And so until those issues are addressed, until we have more opportunity, until we have more resources and services, until we address the economics on the south side … it’s not just about guns.” Johnson noted she is happy about a bill Murphy supports ( A-4801) that would establish a statewide violence intervention program. Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal also said on […]

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