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The Gun Debate: Gun crime prosecutions on decline, amid call for more laws
Fox News ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | William La Jeunesse

Posted on 02/26/2013 8:31:21 AM PST by EXCH54FE

This is the latest in a Fox News series examining the controversy over gun violence and gun control.

In radio and billboard ads across the country, the federal government is telling potential gun buyers "don't lie for the other guy." The campaign message is intended to stop those with clean criminal records from buying firearms for felons who legally can't buy guns on their own.

The message underscores the full-court press in Washington to adopt sweeping new gun control laws, from universal background checks to a ban on military-style rifles and large ammunition magazines.

However, recent studies show the Obama administration has not enforced many gun laws already on books -- with gun crime prosecutions hitting a decade low in 2011, down 40 percent from their peak under President George W. Bush in 2004, according to federal data crunched by Syracuse University. The SU study prompted 23 House Republicans on Friday to call on President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to prosecute more people for gun-related crimes.

"It is imprudent to simply call for new laws without examining the efficacy of the current laws," wrote House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. "We must all be looking for ways to prevent senseless acts of violence and the taking of innocent life, but the best place to start would be enforcing the laws that Congress has already enacted."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 02/26/2013 8:31:25 AM PST by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

Further proof that the new laws are not being written with criminals in mind; but rather to criminalize law-abiding gun owners.


2 posted on 02/26/2013 9:45:56 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: EXCH54FE

There’s nothing that incompetent/dishonest legislators love more than passing new and unenforceable laws which won’t work to supplement all the old unenforceable laws which aren’t working.


3 posted on 02/26/2013 10:18:17 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: EXCH54FE

They will get right on it after they are done building the fence and full enforcement of the Immigration Laws... /s


4 posted on 02/26/2013 10:48:34 AM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: EXCH54FE
The GOP letter also cited data from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), which found in 2010, of 6 million Americans who applied to buy a gun, less than 2 percent -- or 76,000 -- were denied. Of those, the ATF referred 4,732 cases for prosecution. Of them, just 44 were prosecuted, and only 13 were punished for lying or buying a gun illegally.

Like Ted Kennedy on the no fly list, how many died because they were denied their right to self defense because of a faulty database? I don't think we'll ever know.

5 posted on 02/26/2013 12:19:14 PM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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