The graph is nice. Nj requires registration. Therefore, as compared to states that dont require registration, would disproportionately show gun ownership. I cant prove this fact, but I would imagine that a greater percentage of guns in NJ are registered than in many of those states that show low gun ownership versus gun violance. Many of the states which show low violance versus gunownership are more likel;y to not have their guns registered, be in area of our country is a family tradition and guns are handed down from family memeber to family mamber and would not be part of any graph. The reason this is important is this graph can only be compiled from gov't registration info. Otherwise a gun bought in Va. would be counted against Va. but actually be in NY. Also, in states that dont require purchasing info to be maintained indefinateley, how would you know about those guns weeks, years after purchase?. How about guns that are inherited? Where are they counted. Additionally, about 60% of my gun violance cases the gun is bought in Va or Pa. Why? Its too difficult to buy one in NJ and its easier to buy one in Pa or Va. than look on the streets for a gun that might have already been used in a crime. Lastly, I am not personally advocating denying gun ownership to people. I am only suggesting that people walking around w/ concealed weapons would not make me feel more comfortable or safer. It is a tool that kills. Too many people cant be trusted with them. I have no idea how you decide who is fit for gun ownership and who is not beyond denying prior felons from ownership and people who are obviously mentally ill. I believe in gun education. But this will never change some of the horrible accidents that occur simply b/c they are in the house. Someone said what about knives, hammers etc. You're right. Compared to gun violance, I get a lot more of those cases. You cant believe the "weapons" I have represented people for having used. Bats, hammers, saws(electric and manual), knives, sweet potatoe pie right out of oven, golf clubs, numchucks, swords, shovels, bow and arrow, BB guns, branches, logs, rope etc etc. Which is why I dont personally advocate laws on this topic, just discussion. The're are too many people who are incapable of lawful and safe gun ownership. Most people cant drive correctly!
Mental health is often at the root of these situations and it appears in this one as well.I feel very badly for everyone involved. In my line of work, my mental health case-load has quintupled in the last ten years. It is a horrible unknown dilemma in our country. I have more questions then answers at this point. Most are harmless but disfunctional. Some are dangerous and dont play well with others and need to be kept seprate from society. But where are theses people families? Nowhere. I often call their parents and family members. They have disowned their own children, brothers and sisters and just left them for the "system" to handle. Pathetic. I have said my piece and wont respond further, but I did enjoy the "sparring" ladies and gents. Particularly like the graph, although I believe it to be flawed as many stats become with time and bias. No matter who uses them in support of their argument, me or the collective you. Like I said before, I like to walk down the middle of the road, theyr'es more room.