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Why do we need new gun laws when we don’t enforce current laws?

8 May


US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently pointed out the lack of enforcement of current gun laws:


Hi, I’m Ted Cruz and this is a Freedom Minute.

When it comes to violent gun crime, the government should use every tool to punish and deter violent criminals.

Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has failed to make this a priority. In 2010, more than 15,000 fugitives and felons tried to illegally purchase a firearm. The Obama Justice Department prosecuted only 44. Fourty-four out of over 15,000. That’s completely unacceptable.

Instead of going after criminals, politicians in Washington are working to try to take away the constitutional rights for law-abiding Americans.

Our rights as citizens matter most in times of crisis.

That’s why I believe under no circumstance should Congress be allowed to undermine our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  The Bill of Rights is too important.

Thanks for listening. This is Ted Cruz with a Freedom Minute.

The Fact Checker over at the Washington Post decided to look into this claim.  After deciding that Senator Cruz was correct on the low number of prosecutions (only 44), they decided to play a little game of “Bush Did It Too” and found that the Bush Administration was not much better.

Cruz, in a talking point he also repeated on the Lou Dobbs show, placed the blame for this problem on the Obama administration. He got one set of numbers wrong — in 2010 the number of felons and fugitive denied a firearm was actually 48,000, not 15,000 — but the number of prosecutions he cited (44) was on the nose. That’s out of nearly 73,000 total denials, for a variety of reasons, by the FBI.

Still, we were intrigued by his partisan framing of the problem. So we dug into the numbers again to see if there was much difference between Obama and the administration of George W. Bush in prosecuting such cases…

…But the differences are really on the margins. Neither the Bush administration nor Obama administration ever prosecuted even ¼ of one percent of the people who failed to pass a criminal background check.

“The senator did not mention President Bush, did not say Bush was better,” said Cruz communications director Sean Rushton. “We’re talking about the current administration, which we are debating on its current hard push for new gun regulation. Obama’s prosecution stats stand on their own, regardless of the Bush record. And the underlying point is the same — why increase restrictions on law-abiding people when we’re not prosecuting under current law?”

(emphasis added)

Do we need more laws to ignore?




Why Doesn’t Obama Fly the Parents of Chicago Murder Victims to Washington to Lobby for Gun Control?

8 May


Chicago ended 2012 with a total of 506 homicides.  That means that there are 506 families out there who lost a loved one: a son, daughter, brother, sister, mother or father.  Even more bad news:  in the first week of 2013 Chicago was already on pace to surpass 2012’s horrific number.

Only eight days into 2013, Chicago is already on a grim pace to not only continue the bloody trend of an elevated homicide rate — but to surpass it.

NBC Chicago pointed out that, as of Sunday, 12 people had been murdered in Chicago this year, which, at a rate of two a day, but the city on a pace for a devastating 730 homicides, higher than any one-year murder total in Chicago since 1997.

A story from June of last year states that fatal shootings in Chicago outnumber the US troops killed in Afghanistan:

Since the start of the year, 144 U.S. soldiers have been killed on duty in Afghanistan, while at least 240 people have been shot dead in Chicago.

Over the course of the war since 2001, around 2,000 U.S. troops have died in Afghanistan compared to the 5,000 gunfire victims in the Illinois city.

After seeing that the families of the Sandy Hook shooting victims were flown on Air Force One along with the President of the United States to lobby Congress on gun control legislation, I wondered why the families of the Chicago victims were not given the same treatment? The Sandy Hook shootings were awful, but so is what is happening in Chicago.

Eleven parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook massacre will fly to Washington with the president on Air Force One tonight following Obama’s speech in Hartford, Conn.

They are coming to Washington to lobby Congress this week to pass measures to combat gun violence.

“There is no more effective advocate than a parent who has lost a child,” a senior administration official tells ABC News.

Can’t disagree with that, but I’m still curious why the parents in Chicago were never given the same treatment.



Anti-NRA Protest in DC Draws About as Big of a Crowd as You’d Expect

26 Apr

This is a picture from the anti-NRA protest rally in Washington DC this week.


Lots of funny stuff from Twitter in response to this huge rally.