A new report coming out provides a deep look into how the Obama administration handled convicted felons who attempted to purchase guns illegally, and from the looks of it, they did poorly.
The former president and his administration consistently called for more gun control laws to be put on the books as a means to prevent mass shootings, but the truth of the matter is, they weren’t even really enforcing the laws already on the books, so why create more laws that essentially accomplish nothing?
During Obama’s time in the White House more than 100,000 convicted felons and others prohibited from purchasing weapons attempted to buy guns by lying on their applications. However, the Justice Department only thought about prosecuting 30 to 40 people a year.
via Daily Caller:
A June 2016 Justice Department Inspector General’s report revealed that between 2008 and 2015 the U.S. Attorneys office considered prosecuting “less than 32 people per year” for lying on form 4473, the federal application to buy guns.
Surprisingly, the Obama administration’s harshest critics are gun manufacturers themselves.
“People could do what is called, ‘lie and buy,’” explained Lawrence Keane, a senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization that represents gun manufacturers.
“But very infrequently is anyone ever prosecuted. What’s the point of making it a crime if you don’t enforce it?” he asked in an interview with TheDCNF.
Daniel D. Roberts, who in 2009 was named Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division, confirmed that more than 100,000 criminals each year attempt to buy guns even though they have rap sheets.
“When I was there, it was running around 100,000 a year of firearm purchasers that tried to go through to buy guns. I think it’s more than 100,000 now,” he told TheDCNF in an interview. “That should trigger a referral to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for investigation for lying on the forms.”
So it seems the Justice Department had little interest in actually enforcing laws on the books that would keep guns out of the hands of bad guys, yet we’re supposed to believe that more laws are the answer?
Yeah, I’m not buying what these people are selling. If you won’t keep people accountable to the law that already exists, you aren’t going to do so when new laws are passed either.
This clearly indicates that the whole drive behind gun control advocacy, particularly by government officials, has little to do with safety, and a lot to do with disarming the populace and banning guns altogether.
Good luck making that happen.