Skip to comments.Despite rhetoric, gun prosecutions plummet under Obama
Posted on 07/23/2014 7:19:47 PM PDT by jazusamo
While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country, a computer analysis of U.S. prosecution data shows.
Federal prosecutors brought a total of 5,082 gun violation cases in 2013 recommended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, compared with 6,791 during the last year of George W. Bushs presidency in 2008, according to data obtained from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys.
The 2013 totals represent a 42 percent decline from the record number of 8,752 prosecutions of ATF cases brought by the Justice Department in 2004 under Mr. Bush, according to the data.
Syracuse Universitys Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, regarded as one of the premier researchers on federal prosecution performances and trends, analyzed the data at the request of The Washington Times.
U.S. attorneys have been slowing gun prosecutions even further, with 2,598 brought in the first seven months of this fiscal year. The pace of activity puts the Justice Department on track to prosecute the fewest ATF cases since 2000, well before the drug gang wars in Mexico sharply increased violence on both sides of the border.
We have this irony. The Obama administration, which is asking for more in the way of gun regulations in terms of increased background checks for private sales and at gun shows is actually prosecuting less of the gun laws already on the books, said Robert Cottrol, a gun control historian at George Washington University. For a lot of people, theres more ideological cache harassing Bubba at the gun show than getting a handle on gun crime.
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Violent criminals are a Democrat constituency. Gun control is the objective. The Democrats couldn’t care less about crime.
Example #197 of spend more and do less, from this administration.
Yup. Gun crime benefits their cause (disarmament), so of course prosecutions are down.
Of they’re just that incompetent.
what is the racial breakdown of those prosecuted for gun violations as compared to prior years before obama/holder?
If they enforce the laws, they may convict an illegal alien or one of “Holder’s People”.
A violent neighborhood wracked by gang violence is one that is cheaply kept down, with little Federal expenditure, plus it makes great propaganda for more gun control laws.
Exactly. It’s not about guns, it’s about control.
Yep, no one is going to print that, it’s not PC.
Whoa FRiend, the WT is exposing it.
Joe Hogsett just stepped down as US attorney in Indiana and is presumed to be positioning himself for a run for Mayor of Indy.
Gun crimes have soared there by Holders Peeps and Hogsett has been MIA on prosecutions
Apologies to the WT.
Is it believed the crime in Indy is related to the crime in Chicago? I don’t know, just asking if there’s a link
Kokomo is between the two . The jail there has several residents with Chicago and Detroit addresses. Mostly multiple drug felonies and firearms with an occasional murder.
I can only assume they’d make the extra 40 mile trek from there to Indy
It would be informative to look at the perp demographics of the cases to that the racist Eric Holder and DOJ are not prosecuting.
I think we all know what such a study would show.
I wonder what the racial makeup was of the cases they chose to prosecute vs not prosecute is?
“If you like your criminals you can keep them.”
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