Obama Breaks Promise Of More Federal Gun Prosecutions

posted on October 30, 2015

A recent publication by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC Reports, revealed that Obama’s tough talk about increasing prosecution of federal gun laws is nothing more than just that—talk. According to Yahoo News, one of Obama’s 23 executive directives in January 2013 was to “amp up prosecutions of federal gun laws.” The reality is that Obama’s annual prosecution of gun crimes has never reached the levels of prosecutions seen during George W. Bush’s last five years in office. 

The TRAC Reports show that prosecutions for gun violations actually began a decline in 2013, dipped further in 2014 and dropped to an all-time low for the Obama administration in 2015. The 2015 fiscal year actually represents a 15.5-percent drop in prosecutions from five years ago and a 34.8-percent drop from the midway point of Bush’s eight years in office. So much for enforcing gun laws!

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