NJ bill to mandate state ‘Firearm Violence Research Center’

A Democratic-sponsored Senate measure would create a taxpayer-funded think tank at Rutgers University to research the causes, prevention, and reduction of gun-related violence.

The proposal, S.2380, to address what its sponsors feel is a crucial shortfall in sophisticated research on the topic, is set to be heard in the Senate Higher Education Committee on Thursday.

“Too little is known about firearm violence and prevention, and not enough research has been done,” notes the bill, sponsored by state Sen. Fred Madden, D-Camden/Gloucester.

The measure’s language cites that there are 300-400 homicides per year in the Garden State and guns are used in two out of three of those as well as in a sizable portion of suicides. Backers argue funding for gun violence research through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has, since 1996, been “virtually eliminated” leading to a “gap that must be filled by other sources.”

The bill would establish a dedicated center at Rutgers University, funded by an annual allocation from the legislature, to provide the “scientific evidence on which sound firearm violence prevention policies and programs may be based” via regular reports to lawmakers. As such, it requires the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, the Department of Health, the State Police, and the Department of Law and Public Safety to supply the center with statistical data.

California adopted a similar measure last year that established its own research center at the University of California to study gun violence as a health care issue.


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source: http://www.guns.com/2017/05/18/nj-bill-would-mandate-state-firearm-violence-research-center/

  • Keith

    Liberals, gotta despise them.

  • Bob Andres

    Perhaps this “research” will come to the obvious conclusion that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens is NOT the cause of the violence – but one way to reduce it.

    • Terry Butts

      So long as the study does not lump self defense in as part of the “GUN VIOLENCE” they want to prevent like so many anti gun groups have done in their past statistics.

  • fbair1

    I can do that from my house, send me the money. People been killing each other since the beginning of time. First it was rocks, then sticks, then swords, then bows and arrows, spears, now guns , gas, and bombs……. Some Humans are good and some are bad…………… There I just did the research……. idiots….

    • ekim

      SO, give all the good guys and girls guns, training, laws to protect victims that save the state a lot of money by executing the bad guys and they will solve the problem !

  • Richard Bagenstose

    democrat stink tanks couldn’t cure a tooth ach,you want to solve gun violence look at who is doing it , gangs latino’s and blacks and they all have criminal records , oh but that would be profiling and we can’t have that can we, more wasted tax money that someone will fill their pockets with, how about a think tank why politicians are so freaken stupid, it’s clear to me they can’t wipe their own a**es anymore, why do they want to be politicians ,because they can get rich , no other reason

    • ekim

      Do not put my freedom in the hands of some liberal university OR a left wing congressional body ! The socialists have already taken over education in this country and the congress’s unwillingness to protect our constitutional rights from same leaves one flabber-ghasted !

  • Terry Butts

    If they do ACTUAL research and report the truth rather than what usually happens which is the twisting of the results to match the POLITICAL agenda of the ones behind it they will be shocked at how wrong their anti gun ideology is on the entire subject.

    Though most likely they will do as the anti gun groups do and lump JUSTIFIABLE self defense in the statistics as part of the GUN VIOLENCE they want to prevent.

  • Kaywhever

    Any idiot knows that people who get shot are usually people who don’t have guns to protect themselves. HEEELLLLOOOO.

  • Will

    Great bill; should be nationwide. lack of gun restrictions is the largest health crisis in the country.

    • Terry Butts

      If done scientifically it will show that to be a false belief. In fact actually looking at the HEALTH statistics there are several diseases that harm/kill more people a year than CRIMINAL use of guns.

      Just a few days ago the news carried the story of the man arrested for MAKING guns and selling them WITHOUT complying with existing gun restrictions PROVING that no restrictions past, present, or future would have prevented him or those he provided guns to from having them.

    • ekim

      ANY PUKE who thinks removing ALL guns from the hands of Patriotic American men and women needs to live in Chicago, Detroit etc. STOP spending money foolishly !


    I would like my former home state to really look into what is going on with guns. Where guns are band like Chicago there are more murders because people are denied the right to protect themselves.
    Sen. Cory Booker said people who own guns legally do not commit crimes like murder, so why are the gun laws so restrictive. WAKE UP NEW JERSEY

    • Daniel W


  • chuberry

    I don’t think much research is needed. Just think about it. The most efficient way to kill someone is with a gun if you happen to have one. The same goes for suicide.

    Does anyone really think that a suicidal person would change their mind if they couldn’t get access to a gun? The same thing goes for homicides. If a gun is not available, they’ll use something else.

  • Normando782

    Half the homicides in the USA occur in the Afro American community and include gang warfare and drugs.
    Many of the gangbangers come from one parent families and are born into poverty and grew up in a gang mentality and were used by older gangsters as children. If the think tanks are not going to include race and culture then their existence will be worthless. Accountability of communities whether they be demographic or cultural is vital . Political correctness is dangerous but government has been too tolerant of the intolerant and therefore violence has been tolerated and it has little to do with guns that are being used by the criminals as their tool.

  • Mike

    They already have a think tank in place at tax payer’s expense–PRISON!!!!

  • Jonny

    Lrts have another endless investigation which will lead nowhere and cost the taxpayers millions.
    Check into all the mass shootings and see what the political backgrounds of the shooter are. Non were NRA members! Eliminating guns will make the bad guys really happy. More gun control will make it easy to take over this country and control the population. It doesn’t take another government department to see that gangs, drugs, are at the core of the problem. Eliminating them would go a long way to end the killings. This administration has done a lot and plans to do more to Make America safe again.

  • Dean Gilbert

    Another waste of taxpayer dollars. Damn Liberals won’t be happy until this country is completely broke and in the shitter.

  • 2broke

    people with Guns, violence! well it varies, from gangs to drugs to terrorism to pissed off people..
    but I have never ever seen a gun get Violent…

    to stop people with guns that get violent.. look into the future and create a time machine to do it..

  • diqiti

    These fudiot liberals just need to spend $10 on a mirror so they can look at it to find out who caused the so called “firearms violence”…

  • John

    Since this is government (our tax money) paid “research”, the results will have to be verified multiple times over, by non-governmental research, to prove the that the results are not biased.

  • jaydee

    Save money. Get rid of bills that infringe on a right to own a gun. You will see crime go down, ask Vermont they have Constitutional Carry and now NH just passed it. 0 money involved.

  • Marc McGuire


  • Daniel W

    Well if gun control doesn’t work, and it hasn’t worked yet just look at Chicago, New York etc. it must be some thing else. How about drugs gangs single parent homes, parents who can’t control there kids. Why go to school to learn when you can make more money selling drugs. No fear of jail, no fear of police.

    • old codger

      AMEN!! You went right to the heart of the matter!!! Oh you left out Defate (Detroit) and spelled Shitcago wrong! You spelled it Chicago. LOL!


    I’ll save them a fortune. Build more and bigger prisons to warehouse all the naygurz & beeners who do most of the gun crimes, then make sure they serve long & full sentences. That way they don’t get out so fast and reoffend.

    • old codger

      I’ll save them ALL the money!!! Keep the guns out of the hands of criminals and DemoRATZ!!!! I accept money orders, checks, Visa and Master Card! Problem solved!!!!!!

      One question that SHOULD be on any background check is political party affiliation! Why you may wonder? “Most are registered “DemoCRAPS””! If they check DemoCRAP as party affiliation, no need to pick up the phone, AUTOMATIC failure on the background check! ROFLMAO!

      Gun Control Solution
      In 1865 a Democrat shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.
      In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States- who later died from the wound.
      In 1963 a radical left wing socialist shot and killed John F. Kennedy,President of the United States.
      In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.
      In 1983 a registered Democrat shot and wounded Ronald Reagan President of the
      United States.
      In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonald’s restaurant.
      In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.
      In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.
      In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, TX
      In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5
      coworkers in a Texas laboratory
      In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.
      In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US.
      In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.
      In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32
      people in Virginia Tech.
      In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.
      In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.
      In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7
      people in Minneapolis.
      In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26
      people in a school in Newtown, CT.
      As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat shot 12 at a Navy ship yard.
      Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns. Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.

      SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.
      We don’t need gun control, we need Democrat control. Guns don’t kill people, Democrats do! Ironic, yes????

  • Samuel Stephens

    Good ole Kalifornia, DemocRAT controlled gooberment has one of those taxpayer paid “antigun violence think tanks”, hasn’t changed anything, except strokes the egotistical DemocRATs over inflated egos “and are their egos ever over inflated”. The reason Kalifornia is in the financial straits they are in is the inflated egos of the DemocRATs.

  • maxx

    If Christy is still governor he should veto the bill. If he doesn’t then my opinion that he is a RINO will be accurate.

  • Joseph Morgan

    Just goes to show that the STUPIDS run nj, and the common people still must pay for something that has been beaten to death. Just another way to tax the people of nj so that some greedy people can get their payoffs. demorats at their best!

  • Michael Gregory

    It is simple. Allow CCW permits nationwide. Make the Castle Doctrine and stand your ground the laws of the land. ENFORCE the existing laws against violent offenders regardless of their race. No need for expensive “studies” by people who know NOTHING about guns and who have a hidden agenda against law and order. The LAST people who should be doing a study would be the liberals! Reinstate the MILITIA and the terrorists would be heading for higher ground…..AS the Japanese said in WW2 “there will be a gun behind every blade of grass.

    • ARJAY

      Our CCW and OCW permit IS THE CONSTITUTION!!!! NO need to issue unconstitutional permits!!

      • old codger

        While technically 100% correct they would bury you in court costs! Even though you ARE in fact CORRECT! I know it’s “STUPID” but we need a Bill/ Law CYA) to explain it to the A–HOLES!! CYA!!
        They have laws that try to usurp the Constitution!

  • jim jones

    Another way to piss away our money on a bunch of parasites who will accomplish nothing.

  • Joseph

    This is a waste of time for people and funds. Everybody should support the 2nd Amendment. They this panel will decide the fate of millions. Why don’t you put together a board panel for our Veterans are not being paid right there is really no help with the VA and Government. There are VETS and DoD Veterans that sure could use the funds you have gathered as an instance the Wounded Warrior Program I xeveloped

  • Liberals are so stupid they would pay to get the sex habits of a RAT ! They just keep throwing our money away because criminals are the reason for gun violence !