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June 11, 2013 - 10:41 am

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.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Don't forget that convicted felons are an important Democrat constituency.
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We need to find 60 more of this man and get them all elected to the Senate...you rock on, Ted. I think I'll move my family to Texas.

Remember Benghazi!
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Cruz' evisceration of this low-information bureaucrat still allows the charade that federal gun laws are about crime or its prevention. They are not. Gun laws are entirely about control. So the government prosecuting 8/100 of 1% of felons who are breaking a law is no failure as long as they get more laws. By their thinking, a sufficient mass of laws will result in ultimate control. They want more. They want more. They really like it. They want more.
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Eggs-actly! It's about controlling YOU, not guns.
I like you reference to the ad... Perfect portrayal of Liberal Thought!
We want more. We want more. We really like it. We want more!
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A cynic might also conclude that the goal is to make everyone a felon so that the law can be selectively applied to remove "troublesome" nodes from social networks.
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>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.<

You don't need to be a cynic to reach such a conclusion, just a realist.
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Don't forget that convicted felons are an important Democrat constituency.
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Obamas record on gun crime prosecution can only be described as abysmal. A 25% drop from when he took office and still dropping. Not only that, has anyone ever heard him mention the existing NICS background check system or the NICS Improvement Act of 2007, which was endorsed by the NRA? Of course you haven't, because he wants the anti-gun crowd to think people are just waltzing into the corner grocery store and gun shows and buying truckloads of guns without background checks. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, despite massive budget cuts under his lack of guidance, NICS has performed over 70 million firearms background checks since Obama took office. Over 7 million just in the first quarter of 2013.

Instead of improving NICS, Obama wants to implement a new background check system. Once can only surmise that since he wants to reinvent the wheel that there can only be a nefarious reason for doing so. This was further proven by the flawed Toomey-Manchin amendment which clouded existing federal law and opened the door to creating gun registries.
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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."

The cynic would be wrong. The Democrats want felons to have guns instead of law abiding citizens because crime is the Democrats number one method of social control.
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Number two method. Their #1 method is race-hate.
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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.

It's simpler than that. One class of criminals helps another.
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I'm still glad I voted for him. He's making me proud.
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We need to find 60 more of this man and get them all elected to the Senate...you rock on, Ted. I think I'll move my family to Texas.

Remember Benghazi!
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It's not so they can ask for more gun control. They just want to get the guns out of the hands of the good Citizens. They do not care if criminals have guns, because the criminals are not going to rise up against the government. They wish to disarm the Citizens, because Citizens are a threat to big government.
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