Under the Obama Administration, Federal weapons prosecutions have dropped to their lowest level in ... well, since their previous low under the Clinton Administration. I could have sworn I'd heard complaints during both those Administrations that we needed more firearm restrictions because existing laws weren't enough...
Hat tip to Dan Gifford...
If they prosecute the ATF morons involved in the "Gunwalker" scandal, they'll get those numbers back up!
Posted by: Dennis at April 21, 2011 06:58 PM
I assume that the statistics don't lie, but I don't quite understand why Democrats, rabid anti-gunners that they are, aren't even more eager to have gun prosecutions.
I don't buy into the theory that Dems deliberately avoid gun prosecutions so as to create demand for gun control.
First of all, it doesn't work; people are more pro-gun than ever nowadays.
Also, the whole theory sounds like a political ploy by establishment Republicans to thread the needle: throw out a conspiracy theory to get the support of gun owners, while still calling for more draconian enforcement of unconstitutional laws.
Nevertheless, as I've already said, the stats are there for anyone to see. But I'm at a loss to explain them. Any ideas out there?
Bottom line: although the number of prosecutions under gun laws may be lower under Democrats and Republicans, it is still too high. The correct number of prosecutions is zero.
Posted by: Ken at April 22, 2011 12:22 PM