Camden NJ’s Violence Continues, Despite Tight Gun Laws

Anderson Baker lives in a state with a litany of…

Anderson Baker lives in a state with a litany of gun regulations. However no law stopped him from becoming a teenage drug dealer who could easily acquire, and use, his weapon of choice.

The national debate in the wake of the Newtown elementary school massacre has centered on an approach to reduce gun violence: rein in assault rifles, downsize magazine clips, expand background checks and review mental health protocols. Baker says these types of measures would do little to stem violence that has plagued this small city in the shadow of Philadelphia’s skyline for many years.

Dozens of frustrated city leaders, residents, law enforcement officials and other experts interviewed by USA TODAY echo the conclusion that the blood running in Camden’s streets isn’t just about gun laws.

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