Interesting exchange during today’s hearing on the nomination of Todd Jones to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It turns out that in 2010 more than 48,000 felons tried to buy guns illegally. The Department of Justice attempted to prosecute just 44 of them. Not 44,000. Forty-four.
Jones throws up a dust cloud of words but basically admits that there haven’t been many prosecutions of obvious gun crimes that ought to be prosecuted. Despite the fact that Jones himself called such prosecutions a “major priority.” Sen. Cruz has successfully argued cases before the US Supreme Court. He easily traps Jones with his own words, and calls Jones out for refusing to answer questions.
Obama et al. want to put more gun laws on the books not to get after felons, but to make it more difficult for law-abiding Americans to obtain firearms. A cynic might conclude that the administration might be interested in allowing violent felons to obtain guns so that when they commit violence with those guns, calls to weaken the Second Amendment might find a receptive populace. After the NSA, IRS, Benghazi, etc etc etc, cynicism is the way to bet.