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.
Of course that could be just enlightened self interest; they don’t want to prosecute their own employees.
The Syracuse study found the number of federal weapons prosecutions fell from about 11,000 in 2004 to about 6,000 under the Obama administration in 2011 — and ticked up to 7,770 in 2012.
A portion of that number is due to declining crime rates — but that is a small part of it realistically;crime has been declining for decades. Also there are always more crimes known and caught then prosecuted in every year. Yet the feds and the antis are clamoring for another round of restrictions.
A great example of this is straw purchases.
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.
Less than 1% of those referred were actually prosecuted – 1%. Gee ya think that letting 99% of the people get away with straw purchases is going to do anything to stop it? I don’t. And out of all the purchases that 2% number really stands out doesn’t it. In other words, 98% of the purchases that went through the system were legitimate. Does that really sound like we have a “public health emergency”?
Combine that with the information presented by the Obama administration in the National Institute of Justice Memo
Twitter summary: Effectiveness depends on the ability to reduce straw purchasing, requiring gun registration and an easy gun transfer process…Because straw purchasers are the largest source for the illicit market and these purchasers likely can be deterred, effort should be focused here. There is little evidence on what works.…Currently NICS background checks are destroyed within 24 hours. Some states maintainregistration of all firearms. Gun registration aims to 1) increase owner responsibility by directlyconnecting an owner with a gun, 2) improve law enforcement’s ability to retrieve guns from owners prohibited from possessing firearms.Gun registration also allows for the monitoring of multiple gun purchases in a short period of time.
Fast and Furious aside, this shows the feds have