America has never had a more anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment president than Barack Obama. Whatever this president’s legacy turns out to be—besides the obvious legacy of failure—part of it will have to be his war on the Second Amendment. Obama’s anti-gun rhetoric has been so strident and so frequent that law-abiding gun owners have begun to fear that they might be locked up for simply possessing firearms. This is certainly a rational fear since all of the new gun laws proposed by President Obama and his anti-Second Amendment cronies, when taken together, would affect only law-abiding citizens. One thing is certain. During the Obama administration, gun-toting criminals need not worry.
Gun-related prosecutions have steadily declined during Obama’s tenure in office. The inescapable conclusion is that when it comes to gun control, the president is clearly a hypocrite. He is joined in his perfidy by many of his anti-gun minions on the left. One would reasonably think that a president who puts so much energy into pushing for new and more restrictive gun-control laws would instruct his Justice Department to actively prosecute those who violate existing laws. But those who think this do not understand the liberal mind.
Liberals are not about doing, they are about posturing. Liberals love to perform for the camera as a way to play naïve, ill-informed, misguided Americans like fiddles. They are masters at publically wringing their hands and crying crocodile tears every time another nutcase uses a gun to act out his psychological disorders. But ask them to stop talking and do something—something like enforcing the myriad gun laws already on the books and they are stunned into silence. If liberals were really concerned about gun violence, they would demand that the Justice Department do its job and prosecute the gun-related cases recommended to it by law enforcement agencies. Don’t count on this happening. Under the current Justice Department a violent criminal has a better chance of winning the lottery than being prosecuted by Attorney General Holder, et.al.
Over the past 20 years, criminal weapons prosecutions by the Justice Department hit their high water mark in 2004 under President George W. Bush, a supporter of the Second Amendment. But under President Obama criminal weapons prosecutions have plummeted. Writing for The Washington Times of July 28, 2014, Kelly Riddell made the following point: “While President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases referred by the main law enforcement agency charged with reducing firearms violence across the country…Federal prosecutors brought a total of 5,082 gun violence cases in 2013 recommended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, compared with 6,791 during the last year of George W. Bush’s presidency…”
Some of President Obama’s apologists like to point out that President Clinton’s Justice Department prosecuted even fewer criminal weapons cases than the Holder Justice Department, but the comparison is misleading. While it is true that President Clinton won no prizes when it came to prosecuting firearms violations, it must be said that he served in an era before drug gang wars in Mexico transformed the landscape of gun violence in both countries. The only realistic comparison for President Obama is the one between what he says and what he does.
The next time you run into a gun-control liberal who is blindly mouthing the same tired old nonsense about the need for more gun-control laws, ask him this question: Why pass more laws when your president refuses to enforce the ones already on the books? When he cannot answer this question, keep going and ask him another: Which new gun-control laws do you think criminals and nutcases are going to obey? When he cannot answer this question either, recommend that he buy a gun. If things keep going the way they are in this country, he is going to need one.