More Laws for Feds to NOT Enforce

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 maintain

registration 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.
Really could make a person suspicious; wondering if gun registration is their plan not just ‘background checks’. Of course, given their performance so far I don’t think the criminals have anything to worry about.

 

Fast and Furious aside, this shows the feds have

One Response to this post.

  1. Posted by Paul Kanesky on 26.02.13 at 5:00 AM

    It all started with the 2 “New Black Panthers” at the polling booth in Philly.
    Obama and Eric Holder enforce only the laws they “agree” with.
    It appears we are no longer operating by rule of law, now it has become the rule of man.
    It appears we are moving back to the middle ages rule of “King”
    DHS is now releasing approximately 10,000 illegal criminals. This tactic surely comes from Obama under the “lets scare the people” so we can get our way on the sequestration issue. Hell the truth is that “sequestration” is only a reduction of cuts to the INCREASE to the budget not an actual budget cut.
    Budget $3,600,000,000,000.00
    Cut 85,000,000,000.00
    3% ???
    I think we can find ways to cut a little less radical.
    Where will we get the money to enforce all the new “Gun Laws” ?
    Do they not know, “Straw Purchases” are already illegal?
    How can they justify criminalizing honest citizens for possessing items that were once legal?
    I Think what they really want is registration leading to confiscation.
    That may have worked in Europe where people exist to serve their government.
    In the U.S. the government (so far) exists to serve the people.
    They would like to try, after all, what could possibly go wrong?
    Paul in Texas