Earlier this week, Attorney General Eric Schniederman released a report which threw GA and other states with “lax gun laws along the I-95 corridor,” for increasing crime in states, such as New York, with high percentages of low “time-to-crime” guns.
The Peach State stands behind the right to bear arms. Protected by the Second Amendment, GA allows open carry of firearms in a plethora of public places.
With the stipulations low, in effect, the Constitutional right results in GA’s rate of firearm death to be amount the highest.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Georgia had the 16th highest rate of firearm deaths, following behind primarily southern states.
In comparison, in states such as New York which is among the states with the lowest rate of death by firearms (NY is 4th), legislature is urgently calling for federal action to be taken to prohibit gun trafficking, mandate background checks, and to require states to require permits for handgun buyers.
Schniederman’s top concern is gun trafficking. However, it is more than a concern by the Attorney General- it is an issue which Schniederman and others believe to be an issue which demands Congress to respond to immediately.
According to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), “Gun trafficking is recognized all around, by both parties, as a major source of fuel for American gun violence, yet there is still no federal law that prevents someone from crossing state lines with a truckload of guns and selling them to criminals in a parking lot.”
Thus, so long as gun trafficking, or how out-of-state guns are being transported from states, such as GA, with less strict gun laws, is not a federal crime, gun violence will continue to increase.
New York has some of the most strict gun laws for residents, banning assault weapons, requiring background checks, and prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines.
In his report, Schniederman attributed increased crime by gun in NY to states like GA which have guns readily available, counteracting NY’s efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and potential threats.
Schniederman further supports the argument in his report by providing statistics from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives of NY trafficking patters to determine origins of the guns utilized in crimes in the state of NY.
Whether described as gun violence or protection of gun rights, the Second Amendment is an issue visibly present this election. Certainly in many cases the issue is a top concern for publics.
The two main party presidential candidates do not stray from their party’s ideology in regards to gun rights. However, like most Americans, with the media’s perception of increased violence specifically by use of guns, the issue surrounding the Second Amendment rights is not one with two opposite ends of the spectrum.