The Syracuse University operates an information tracking clearing house on Federal criminal prosecution that keeps track of actual enforcement of the myriad of Federal gun laws we deal with as lawful gun owners.
With the understanding that these laws impact the exercise of constitutionally recognized rights of 330,000,000 people, and use complex statutory language to do it, it should be easy to figure out that only laws that are enforced will mean anything.
Here’s what prosecutions look like over the last several years:
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Notice a trend? Lots of rhetoric and noise from the leftist secular socialist Democrat political machine, but not much will to actually work to take the criminals involved in crimes with firearms off the street.
Note that these are NOT convictions. Just prosecutions mounted by the Justice Department.
The total number of firearms related Federal prosecutions in the United States from October 2018 to April 2019 is 6,526.
That is the highest rate in 20 years, matching the level in 2004`.
The breakdown of prosecutions by criminal violation is quite interesting. Considering how “important” the due process violating “Red Flag” laws are to our politicians, only 137 prosecutions were initiated against people violating the Lautenberg amendment’s prohibition of Domestic Protection Order targets acquiring firearms.
If you discount the firearm possession by a felon prosecutions, only 2,200 prosecutions were undertaken against all other category firearm law violations.
Let’s see… Out of a population of 330,000,000 that’s only 2,200 potential violations of Federal gun law prosecuted or about a 0.0013334% potential failure rate for gun possessing citizens. Of course, we almost all have background checks regularly, so you would not rationally expect anything different.
Do you suppose this country has a “Gun” or “Gun Owner” problem, or a “Criminal” and “Gang” problem?
Think someone should tell the legacy media that they are lying when they promote “gun crime”?
In fact, it’s likely that there are very few crimes committed by the people that have guns in America. That and very few crimes associated with acquiring the firearms themselves. A number of those prosecutions have been abusive.
This puts the complete lie to the utility and value of “background check” laws. Normal people don’t need to acquire firearms in clandestine ways. Criminals intent on committing violent crime do that.
A law that is not enforced is worse than no law at all. There were many more than 4,000 crimes committed using firearms by felons in the United States. In fact the latest FBI stats show that we have a violent crime problem mostly in large cities – it’s decreasing more in other places where people commonly have guns. This is a policing problem, not a gun problem.
Successful criminals don’t acquire firearms through processes that rely on NICS. The system is a paper tiger, only impacting lawful people with falsely based delays. Criminals steal guns, buy them on the black market, use “straw purchasers” and completely bypass background checks. Background checks can never become “universal”.
With enforcement of existing laws, and elimination of politician initiated massacre disarmament zones crime will be reduced even faster.
Prosecutors simply do not followup on police investigations that show violation of Federal gun law. In many cases, competing agencies don’t cooperate with each other. If we had 100% enforcement of existing law instead of plea deals we’d see more criminals stopped before they can commit violent crime. Putting the millions we waste on NICS into prosecution of Federal gun violations would result in more prosecutions and more convictions. Taking a no compromise position on plea deals would too.
It’s clear from the 2018 FBI statistics that increased prosecutions do suppress violent crime. The places where politicians blame “guns” instead of “criminals” for their violent crime problems are the ones that are not getting better.