"Did you realize that over 90% of the guns in this country are owned by white people in the suburbs and in rural areas? Ninety-percent of our guns are not owned by African-Americans, hispanics, minority groups, they're owned by white people. Now what are these white people so afraid of out in the suburbs? Are they thinking little red head, freckle-faced Jimmy down the street is going to, you know, kill them? Mug them? I don't think so. Are they afraid the guy next door is gonna break in and steal their t.v.? No, because they know the guy next door makes $50-60,000 a year. So poverty and racism is pretty much the same answer for a lot of our other problems.
In pointing out white people create safe communities, his attack on white gun-owners was actually quite complimentary.... Michael Moore, whitey owns guns because they know dangerous minorities kill people
Following last December’s gun buyback, which netted a record-breaking 1,137 firearms and by all official accounts was a great success, New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa stated that the effort had also claimed some “community guns.”
However, while the attorney general stated the buyback saw “plenty” of such weapons purchased off the streets, the number of community guns remains greater than ever, according to Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson.
Speaking last week, Thomson explained that community guns are primarily used in the city’s open-air drug markets, in which dealers, lookouts and others hide firearms within the immediate area, in order to retrieve them in case something goes wrong.
“It can be a revolver or a shotgun — but mostly a pistol — and they’re hidden in high grass, abandoned houses, the wheel well of a car, or anywhere that’s in the general area of the criminal operation,” said Thomson. “It could also be just put in their pocket, and passed along to another person at the end of a shift.”
While Thomson said any estimate on the number of community guns in use at any given time would be “pure speculation,” the chief said officials know that their use has increase based on the number of shootings that have occurred over recent years.
“It’s impossible to tell how many, but we know there are more now than before, because of the number of shootings — flagrant shootings — we’ve had in the area,” he said. “Even many criminals don’t feel safe, and are using them because they feel the need for protection.
“You have predators out there who are working their way down the food chain.”On the same night that Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli noted during a public meeting that the shooting rate is already double that of last year, Camden City saw its 12th homicide of the year Thursday, when 33-year-old Terrell Jackson, from Collingswood, was found shot dead in the street.
Last year, Camden broke its previous record with 67 homicides.
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The recent bloodshed at a Bergen Street bodega and an IHOP right across the street from busy University Hospital has Newark officials again talking about curfews and armed security.
“Irvington closes their bars an hour before we do. East Orange closes restaurants at 10 p.m., so why in Newark [do] we let folks kind of have their way and go a lot later?” Newark Mayor Cory Booker asked.
Booker vetoed a measure last year that would have mandated late-night establishments have armed guards, citing the cost to local businesses, 1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reported.
But Booker appears to be changing his tune after recent incidents.
“We also want people to be safe and we’ve got to strike the balance,” he said. “We need to start talking, questioning that. And if you want to stay open later, maybe there should be certain requirements.”
Booker called the latest violence “unacceptable” and urged the public to get involved.
He said officials must “come up with some rational ideas about how to create more safety, but also to deal with the compelling interest of allowing people to make a profit.”