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As the shock of the murder, execution style, of three Newark, NJ teenagers and wounding of a fourth begins to fade, the problem unfortunately will not. The problem is the willful refusal to look at the alleged perpetrators of this crime and draw some useful lessons to avoid further killings.

Political columnist, Tom Moran, writing in The Star-Ledger, the state’s largest daily, said, “Let’s hope the governor is just clearing his throat and that he has more ambitious plans in the works to fight violence in cities like Newark. Because in this critical week after the most savage murders we’ve seen in years, he’s talked mostly about gun control, the go-to response of liberal politicians everywhere.”

Let’s review what happened. On August 4th, three young black college students were killed, allegedly by Jose Lachira Carranza, a 28-year-old illegal immigrant from Peru who has been charged as the principle suspect. He was out on bail after having been charged with sexually assaulting a young girl and assaulting bar patrons. The Star-Ledger reported that, “His immigration status was never checked by law enforcement in Newark or Essex County.”

Despite this, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, “said yesterday it’s not the job of his already overburdened police department to assist immigration authorities.” Newark is “a sanctuary city” that does not require residents to reveal their immigration status to receive services paid for by native-born or naturalized citizens.

Sen. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has introduced legislation to withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities. That’s one small step for common sense, one giant step for national sovereignty and security.

Even Martin Perez, president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, says, “If somebody is accused of a felony I don’t have any problem with checking their status. If a person is accused of a murder or major crime it is the responsibility of law enforcement and the courts to check.”

So what “solutions” have the Governor and the Mayor proposed? Both are card-carrying Liberal Democrats. This almost automatically rules out either a constitutional or a pragmatic approach in favor of a “feel good” politically correct one. The reality is that the state’s drug laws fill up the prison system with nonviolent drug offenders. An estimated one-third of New Jersey’s prison beds constitute the highest proportion in the nation. Other states are beginning to divert offenders into cheaper and more effective treatment programs.

Another astounding fact emerged after the killings. There are at least 25,000 felony fugitives statewide. According to State Police data, there are nearly 200 men and women wanted for murder and another 252 accused rapists. The reasons given include “an overwhelmed court system, teeming jails, a lack of resources, and poor coordination among law enforcement agencies.” And both the Mayor and Governor want to insure that law-abiding citizens can’t have guns.

The Mayor has proposed that Newark spend $3.2 million in public and private funs to install as many as 120 cameras around the city by next summer. Mayor Booker is a member of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition. He also proposes legislation to “monitor the flow of guns in and out of the state’s largest city and to prevent gun dealers from opening shop in residential neighborhoods or near schools.” Finally, he wants to create “gun courts” and you just know that means going after legal gun owners, not gun-toting criminals.

These proposals, combined with the refusal to check the status of likely illegal aliens, even after they have committed major crimes, are so idiotic they should be dismissed out of hand.

As Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, neatly summing up the problem said, “Newark’s robbers, rapists and murderers should be serving long sentences, not smiling for the camera.”

New Jersey already has some of the most stringent laws regarding the purchase of a gun and they have virtually no effect whatever when it comes to deterring crime. What they do is make it very difficult to own a weapon for the purpose of self-defense. Unlike Florida and Texas that made it easier for people to carry a concealed weapon, thus dramatically reducing crime rates, it is nearly impossible for anyone in New Jersey to secure this fundamental right of self-protection.

Some might argue that living in Newark or traveling into the city without a gun is a lot more dangerous than actually owning one. Insuring that everyone is defenseless when a criminal or an insane person is bent on murder is a liberal “solution.”

As to those criminals who also happen to be illegal aliens, locking them up and deporting them immediately after they have served their sentence would have, at the very least, saved the lives of those three dead college students.

Mayor Booker wants to get lucky and take their picture. Like his counterpart in New York City, he wants to be absolutely sure that no law-abiding citizen has a chance to defend himself, let alone purchase a weapon in a timely fashion.

The wisdom of the Founding Fathers who insured that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” has been ignored to everyone’s peril. The murder statistics in Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and most American cities are testimony to that simple truth.

The gun-banners will be the death of too many of us.


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