2013 Essex County Gun Buy-Back "Successful"?
You decide.

The Essex News Headline claims:
Gun buyback program proves very successful.

New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, that more than 1,700 guns were turned in by Essex County residents during last week’s state-sponsored gun buyback event, which took place at six churches in five Essex municipalities on Feb. 15 and 16, 2013. Irvington, Orange, East Orange, Montclair, and Newark participated.

Let's see, if we close our eyes and count only bodies, maybe we can spin this thing into a "success."

08/23/11 Down Memory Lane with Mayor Cory Booker's Toy Gun Exchange

04/17/13 Here we go again. We do NOT learn from history.

04/30/13 Newark takes 210 guns "off the streets."

05/6/13 "Something" has to be done to stop gun violence
Let's try that "something" again. Maybe it will work this time.

Interactive Map of NJ Homicides for 2013

Essex County Gun Crime SCOREBOARD for 2013
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Date after Buyback

Incident and link to news verification. EAST ORANGE related reports are highlighted in YELLOW.

Guns used

2/25/13

Two Columbia High School students walking home from a basketball game on Parker Avenue Monday night were robbed of a cell phone by two juveniles wielding a handgun, said Capt. John Perna of the Maplewood Police Department.

1

2/26/13

A 26-year-old Newark man found near Lincoln Park with a gunshot wound Tuesday night later died from his injuries, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday.

1

2/28/13

An Essex County Sheriff’s officer was released from University Hospital Thursday after being shot during a confrontation with two men outside a Springfield Avenue bar, the Essex County Prosecutor's Office said.

Follow-Up: 06/06/14 Rasul Burt Sentenced to Six Years

1

3/2/13

3/2/13 East Orange man lied about being carjacked in Newark. I guess he also lied about the gun.

0

3/6/13

Irvington man, alleged Bloods member, arraigned on weapons, drug charges. 3 guns found under his mattress.

3

3/6/13

Opinion: Gun control will not stop the insane or criminals. Ya think?

n/a

3/9/13

Orange Man Shot and Killed

1

3/10/13

Newark Police officer shoots armed robbery suspect Another gun recovered. Follow Up

1

3/9/13

Newark Teen gunned down in South Ward

1

3/11/13

One dead after shooting in Newark's West Ward

1

3/12/13

Man arrested after entering Newark police station with loaded gun - I counted four guns all told in this news report.

4

3/5 - 3/15/13

Hakim Jones of Newark Uses a Gun to Threaten Six Women Before Raping Them - Arraigned 11/19/13

1

3/15/13

Newark police arrest 6 people linked to assaults, armed robberies - More guns confiscated

6

3/18/13

One person dead and another injured after a shooting in Newark - the gun(s) got away - Third man also shot
Follow-up 5/4/13 Two arrested

1

3/19/13

Three people shot after fight in Newark's East Ward 2 guns involved, one got away

1

3/19/13

3 guns confiscated in Saturday patrols in Newark

3

3/20/13

State troopers: Newark man hid gun in secret car compartment

1

3/20/13

East Orange man shot during robbery

1

3/20/13

Two "community guns" confiscated from Newark housing project

2

3/23/13

Three hospitalized after gunfire at Newark IHOP Follow-Up (3/28/14): Newark Man Charged With Murder

1

3/24/13

Shooting leaves one injured in Newark 1 gun recovered

1

3/28/13

2 men with toy gun are arrested in Newark - 2 arrested, 1 toy gun recovered (it counts! *)

1*

3/28/13

Four men arrested in array of Newark crimes - 1 gun reported recovered

1

3/29/13

Shooting in East Orange triggers police chase - ABC News Report

1

3/30/13

Newark police arrest man after early morning shooting

1

4/01/13

Shooting on Springfield Avenue in Maplewood

1

4/01/13

West Orange resident robbed in Essex Green Mall by man with shotgun

1

4/01/13

18-year-old man found shot in Newark

1

4/02/13

Man shot at East Orange gas station

1

4/02/13

Authorities investigating fatal Newark shooting

1

04/05/13

East Orange police arrest 56 people - 4 guns recovered

4

04/05/13

Newark Man Shot on Isabella Avenue

1

04/10/13

Guns, drugs confiscated in Newark

2

04/12/13

East Orange Man shot and killed this morning

1

04/15/13

Newark Police Recover Two Guns After Arrests

2

04/16/13

Two Newark Men Shot in Unrelated Incidents

2

04/16/13

Two More Men Shot in Newark's South Ward

1

04/18/11

Newark Parole Visit Collects Drugs and a Gun

1

04/18/13

Irvington Teen Killed in Drive-by Shooting

1

04/19/13

Newark Man with Stolen Handgun Arrested

1

04/19/13

Two Men shot in Newark Friday Night

1

04/22/13

State Police Arrest 3 Members of Bloods Gang in Newark

2

04/23/12

East Orange Police Tackle Dollar-Store Robber

1

04/23/13

Newark Felon Shoots Self in the Leg : 7/10/13 -Follow-Up: Felon should have laundered gun!

1

04/24/13

Newark man shot dead in midday attack

1

04/25/13

East Orange Man shot and killed in Orange, NJ

1

04/26/13

Two Newark robbers arrested; one had been shot

1

04/27/13

Man shot and killed in Bloomfield - Newark Man Turns Self In -

1

04/28/13

Newark Man shot and killed on Sanford Ave.

1

05/02/13

Two More Shootings in Newark's South Ward 7/29/13 Follow-up: Reward offered - Arrest Made (8/1/13)

2

05/03/13

Newark Man shot in Central Ward

1

05/04/13

Another Shooting Victim in Newark's South Ward

1

05/04/13

Armed Robbery in West Orange - 6/26/13 Follow-up: 4 Teens from Orange Arrested

1

05/06/13

Shooting in Newark's West Ward

1

05/07/13

Legal Registered handgun Used in Crime AND his mother?

1

05/14/13

Armed Newark Drug Dealer Arrested

1

05/15/13

Shooting of Teen Causes Newark School Lockdown

1

05/16/13

Essex Sheriff Offers Reward for Armed Robbers Follow-up (12/13/13): Bobby Dawson Admits Guilt

2

05/16/13

Springfield Ave., Irvington Shooting

1

05/16/17

Newark Teen Charged with Attempted Murder

1

05/17/13

Two People Shot Dead in Montclair Park

1

05/21/13

Newark Police Struggle to Arrest Carjacker

1

05/23/13

Tips & Police Work = 5 Arrests + 3 Guns

3

05/25/13

Orange and Irvington Men Killed by Gunfire

2

05/29/13

South Ward Newark Man Shot and Killed

1

05/30/13

North Munn Avenue Scene of Shootings Follow-up (6/11/13): Two Men Arrested

1

05/30/13

East Orange Man Arrested for Armed Robbery in Belleville (Record-Transcript 6/6/13, page 15)

1

05/31/13

Armed Robbery at Cedar Grove Burger King

1

06/01/13

Shooting in Montclair on Mission Street - 7/12/13 Follow-Up: Shooter Arrested in East Orange 8/8/13 Follow-up: Second Shooter arrested in Newark.

1

06/04/13

Defaced Handgun Recovered

1

06/05/13

Two dead bodies found on Newark's Mercer St. According to the Star Ledger article, records show that these killings mark Newark's 29th and 30th homicides of 2013.

1

06/05/13

Burglars Steal Handgun from Montclair Home

1

06/05/13

East Orange Teenage Girl Shot at Home Follow-up: "Boyfriend" sought for murder Follow-up: EO Murderer Caught in Newark

1

06/07/13

Newark Man Arrested for Drugs, Illegal Gun

1

06/09/13

EO Man shot dead in Newark

1

06/09/13

Man from Orange Arrested, gun recovered.

1

06/10/13

Jersey City Woman Shot at Elizabeth Nightclub

1

06/11/13

Four Guns Confiscated in Newark Arrest

4

06/13/13

Another Newark Shooting in the Street

1

06/14/13

Yet Another Street Killing in Newark Follow Up: Man Identified

1

06/17/13

Newark Store Owner Guns Down Armed Thief

1

06/18/13

Carjacking at Gunpoint targets Police Officer

1

06/20/13

5 Newark fugitives arrested; 1 gun, 1 BB gun

2*

06/24/13

Armed Robbery in West Orange

1

06/24/13

West Orange Gas Station Robbed at Gunpoint

1

06/25/13

Irvington Man shot in Newark

1

06/26/13

Man Found Shot to Death in Newark

1

06/28/13

Fake Gun used in Montclair Robbery

1*

06/29/13

Irvington Store Clerk Shot and Killed : Follow-Up: 6/30/13 Four Men Caught on Surveilance Camera
Follow-Up 7/10/13:
Two Brothers Caught in New Brunswick

1

06/30/13

Newark Man Shot and Killed

1

07/03/13

Three Men Shot in Irvington and Newark + 07/03/13 West Orange Teens Robbed at Gunpoint

3

07/05/13

Shootout in the Streets of Newark

2

07/05/13

Newark Carjackers use handguns to steal car - Follow Up: Carjackers arrested

2

07/10/13

EO Man Shot in Irvington + Newark Man Shot and Killed in Irvington

2

07/11/13

Shootout in Roseland

1

07/12/13

Four Teens Robbed at Gun point in West Orange

1

07/15/13

Michael Drake shot and killed on Chadwick Avenue Follow-Up (12/7/13): Eric Harding Arrested in PA

1

07/16/13

Newark Man with Stolen Handgun Arrested

1

07/16/13

Montclair Drug and Gun Bust

3

07/18/13

Two Men Shot in Newark Follow-up: Man Identified

2

07/18/13

Jamil Tutt Shot in EO

1

07/19/13

Man Shot Near NJPAC in Newark

1

07/21/13

Newark Barbecue Shootout

1

07/24/13

Newark Carjacker Surrenders

1

07/24/13

Montclair gunman sought for shooting at teens

1

07/27/13

Another Newark Carjacking at Gunpoint

1

07/28/13

Two separate shootings in Irvington

2

07/28/13

Short Hills Man Robbed at Gunpoint

1

07/29/13

Correction Officer in Shootout

1

07/30/13

Shooting Death in Orange

1

07/30/13

EO Woman Robbed at Gunpoint

1

07/31/13

Newark Man with Gun Arrested...Again - 01/23/14: He's Back! Again!

1

07/31/13

West Orange Posts Interactive Map Showing Previously Unreported Armed Robberies in 2013
- 02/20/13 - 02/26/13 - 04/24/13 - 07/20/13 - 07/23/13 - add 5 guns to total

5

08/01/13

Newark Man Targeted in Shooting - Another Newark Man Shot and Killed Follow-Up (9/10/13): Man dies.

2

08/02/13

Two Separate Shootings in Newark Follow-Up: $5,000 Reward offered

2

08/03/13

Byron Sankar of EO; Handgun Shooting - Follow Up (08/07/13): Nicholas Questel of Orange sold Sankar the gun

1

08/04/13

Nine Arrests, Ten Firearms Recovered

10

08/04/13

13 Year Old Shooter Arrested

1

08/06/13

Four Shot in Montclair

1

08/06/13

Two Rifles Seized in Newark Arrests

2

08/07/13

FBI Arrests Yield Drugs and Guns

2

08/09/13

Newark Man Caught with 2 Loaded Handguns

2

08/09/13

Newark Man shot on Lincoln Ave.

1

08/09/13

Essex Green Car Jacking at Gunpoint

1

08/13/13

Armed Robbery in Colgate Park, WO

1

08/16/13

Woman from Orange Robbed at Gunpoint on Centre Street

1

08/19/13

Man Robs Belleville Nail Salon at Gunpoint

1

8/20/13

EO Police Arrest Drug Gangs

1

08/21/13

Man and Woman Shot in Newark Follow-Up (8/22/13): Add 3 more handguns to make total of 4

4

08/21/13

3 EO Teens Robbed at Gunpoint

1

08/25/13

Tari Turpin of EO Involved in Shooting

1

08/26/13

Essex County Sheriff Arrests Three; 2 guns

2

08/27/13

South Orange Woman Robbed at Gunpoint

1

08/27/13

Newark Police Score Four arrests, Four Guns

4

08/27/13

Three People Shot in Newark's South Ward Follow-up: Sean Munford of EO killed in Newark

2

08/29/13

State Troopers Arrest Two in Newark Drug Bust

3

08/30/13

Another Newark South Ward Shooting 9/20/13 Follow-Up: Shooter Arrested

1

08/31/13

Shooting and Stabbing Deaths in Newark

1

09/01/13

Man Shot Outside of Beth Israel Hospital

1

09/01/13

Pizza Delivery Man Killed in Newark (9/9/13) Follow Up: Four Arrested for Shooting

1

09/03/13

Woman and Man Shot in Newark's South Ward Follow-Up: (11/11/13) EO Man & Teen Cousin Arrested

1

09/04/13

Fourteen Year Old Newark Boy Killed - Follow Up (9/5/13) Teen Not so Innocent

2

09/06/13

Two Newark Men Arrested for Armed Assault

1

09/09/13

Two WO Teens Beaten and Robbed at Gunpoint

1

09/09/13

WO Teen Arrested on Gun Charges

1

09/10/13

Two Newark Men shot and Hospitalized

2

09/11/13

Newark Central Ward Man Shot

1

09/11/13

Tips Lead to Arrest of Man Carrying Gun

1

09/11/13

FBI Arrests Serial Bank Robber Who Used Toy Gun

1*

09/12/13

Belleville Man Robbed at Gunpoint

1

09/14/13

Drive-By Shooting in Montclair

1

09/14/13

Targeted Shooting In Newark's West Ward 9/15/13 Follow-Up: Victims identified.

1

09/15/13

Newark Man Fires at Police

1

09/16/13

Armed Burglar in West Orange

1*

09/16/13

Man from Ironbound Shot

1

09/16/13

SO Train Station Gunpoint Robbery - Follow-up: Armed Robbery in South Orange

1

09/19/13

Man From Irvington Shot and Killed in Newark 9/20/13 Follow Up: Two Teens Arrested

2

09/19/13

Two More Newark Shootings - Two More Guns Recovered Follow-up:11/1/13 Two Men Arrested

2

09/20/13

Fugitive's Brother Arrested

1

09/21/13

Najee Montague of Newark Shot - 10/01/13 Follow-Up: 18 year Old Arrested for Murder

1

09/22/13

Eric Harris of Newark Shot

1

09/23/13

Three Armed Robberies in West Orange - Follow-Up (9/26/13): Two of these Robberies were Faked

1

09/23/13

Another Newark South Ward Shooting

1

09/25/13

Central Ward Newark Man Shot

1

09/26/13

WO Gas Station Robbed at Gunpoint

1

09/26/13

Two Seton Hall Students Robbed at Gunpoint Follow-Up (10/21/13): Newark Woman Arrested

1

09/26 - 09/28/13

Four Men Arrested for Illegal Guns

4

09/27/13

Three Newark Men Arrested in Stolen Car

1

09/29/13

Newark Man Shot and Killed at 2:00 AM

1

09/30/13

EO Woman Robbed at Gunpoint in Bloomfield

1

10/01/13

Man Shot and Killed in Orange 10/02/13 Follow-Up: Victim was from Maplewood
10/23/13 Follow-Up:
Raquan Laney Arrested for Murder

1

10/03/13

Two Separate Newark Shootings Follow-Up: Victims Identified

2

10/04/13

Newark Man Arrested - Four Guns Involved

4

10/04/13

Another Newark Murder - Follow Up

1

10/05/13

Two shootings, 3 injured, one dead

2

10/03 - 10/05/13

Six Arrested; Three Handguns Taken

3

10/07/13

Two Newark Men Arrested for Drugs and Guns

2

10/09/13

Five Arrested In Nutley Armed Robbery

1

10/09/13

Man With Gun from Orange Arrested in Bellville

1

10/12/13

Shooting on South Orange Ave.

1

10/13/13

2nd Shooting near South Orange Ave

1

10/14/13

Another Newark Shooting

1

10/15/13

Targeted Shooting in Newark's South Ward

1

10/15/13

Three handguns recovered from North 6th St Drug House

3

10/16/13

Newark West Ward Shooting

1

10/16/13

Shooting in Newark's Central Ward

1

10/17/13

Man Robbed at Gunpoint in SO

1

10/21/13

Teen Commits Two Robberies with Toy Gun

1*

10/22/13

Man Shot on West End Avenue

1

10/22/13

Man Shot on South Orange Avenue

1

10/25/13

Two Armed Robberies in WO

2

10/27/13

Double Shooting in Newark

1

10/27/13

Store Owner on Chancelor Ave Shot - Follow-Up: (11/01/13) Two Teens Arrested - (11/04/13) Third Teen Charged

1

10/28/13

Man Shot on Street in Orange

1

11/01/13

South Ward Shooting

1

11/03/13

Victor Rivera of EO Shot and Killed

1

11/05/13

Child Shot at Irvington Pathmark

1

11/06/13

Drug Dealer Shot in Newark

1

11/06/13

Armed Drug Dealer Shot During Arrest

1

11/07/13

Victim Shot on Chester Ave.

1

11/08/13

Man Shot on MLK Blvd.

1

11/08/13

Man Shot in Newark Near Irvington Border

1

11/09/13

Three Shot in One Night in Newark

3

11/11/13

Irvington Police Shoot and Kill Man

1**

11/11/13

Would-be Belleville Robber Shot With His Own Gun

1

11/11/13

Thomas Street Shooting Follow-Up: (11/20/13) Two arrested

1

11/12/13

Man Shot on North Seventh St. Follow-Up: (11/13/13) Man Identified as Anwar West

1

11/14/13

Pre-Dawn Raid, Two Arrests, Two Guns

2

11/14/13

Man Shot on Hanford St.

1

11/15/13

Newark Police Raid Gets Two More Guns

2

11/17/13

One More Shot in Newark's West Ward

1

11/17/13

Father & 8 Yr Old Son Shot in Irvington

1

11/18/13

Four People Shot in Newark; Two Dead

4

11/19/13

Two Arrests by the Newark Fugitive Squad

2

11/19/13

Tuesday Shooting Huntington Terrace.

1

11/20/13

Wednesday Shooting Seymour Ave.

1

11/20/13

Two Guns Confiscated in North Ward Arrest

2

11/21/13

Drug Raid Turns Up Seven Guns

7

11/24/13

Newark Teen Shot

1

11/27/13

Newark Man Shot During Carjacking Attempt

1

11/28/13

Teen With Gun Arrested near Shabazz High School Follow-Up (12/02/13): Shooting ruled accidental

1

12/01/13

Shooting in Newark's Central Ward Follow-Up (12/02/13): Victim identified - 12/20/13: Shooter Arrested

1

12/04/013

Newark Man Shot and Wounded

1

12/04/13

Second Shooting in West Ward

1

12/04/13

Drug Arrest yields Gun Bust

1

12/06/13

Sulamain Hooper Arrested with Rifle

1

12/06/13

Four Montclair Children Robbed at Gunpoint

1

12/14/13

Christopher Johnson Shot Dead

1

12/15/13

Shooting at Short Hills Mall 12/21/13 Follow Up: Four Arrested for Murder

1

12/15/13

Another South Ward Newark Shooting Follow-Up (2/10/14): Richardson Brothers of EO Arrested for Murder

1

12/15/13

South Orange Carjack at Gunpoint

1

12/17/13

Two Newark Shootings in Same Day

2

12/17/13

Drug Raid Also Yields a Gun

1

12/19/13

Three More Arrests; Three More Guns

3

12/21/13

Two Men Shot and Killed in Newark

2

12/24/13

Man Shot and Wounded on South Orange Ave.

1

12/25/13

Three Killed & Two Wounded at Slick's Go-Go Bar in Irvington Follow-up: (01/12/14) Anthony Fields Arrested in Florida

1

12/25/13

Two Teens Murdered, One Wounded Follow-Up:(12/31/13) 15 year Old Arrested (1/17/14) Wounded Teen Dies

1

12/25/13

Another Teen Shot on Christmas

1

12/26/13

Three Arrested with Guns and Drugs

4

12/27/13

Montclair Bank Robbery at Gunpoint

1

12/28/13

"Exchange of Words" Blamed for Shooting Death

1

12/31/13

Two Shot, One Killed in Newark Central Ward - Follow-Up: Arrest Made

1

 

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Total guns used in crimes after February 2013 buyback (not necessarily recovered by police)

Remember this? 04/30/13 Newark takes 210 guns "off the streets." Look where we are now! >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Note: ALL of the guns on this list culled from Essex County news media sources were used to commit crimes >>>>>>>>

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* A toy gun or BB gun "counts" because the robbery was successful; the victim thought it was real and if someone had shot the perpetrators, it would have been a legitimate "self defense" case. The criminals should be charged with armed robbery as if the gun were real.
** A perpetrator who refuses to show his hand(s) during an arrest and who is subsequently killed by police during the arrest could have had a gun concealed, and so this also "counts." There is no cure for "stupid."

This is not meant to be humorous, or make fun of the gun buyback programs. Recall that a similar Essex County gun buyback program was held in December of 2009 and the results were the same: the politicians claimed the buyback was the biggest ever and was, therefore, pronounced "successful." Yet the shootings continued, because criminals do not participate in gun buyback programs. All that has happened is that honest citizens are being deprived of a constitutional means to defend themselves when the criminals come calling.

There is another aspect of these gun buyback programs that was recently brought to my attention. The amnesty aspect, in which no questions are asked when a gun is turned in and no record is made linking the gun to the name and address of the person who turned it in, effectively makes this a "gun laundering" program. Weapons turned in that may have been used in committing crimes cannot be traced back to the crime, victim or perpetrator. We have laws against "money laundering" but apparently "gun laundering" of this sort is actually encouraged by the police of our area, since they all participate in it.

From 2009: The Truth of NJ Gun Buybacks

Albert Einstein's definition of Insanity: "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

PoliceOne's Gun Policy & Law Enforcement Survey

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Here is the result of that survey.



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