Obama Pushes for Gun Control, Refuses to Prosecute Gang Gun Crime in Chicago

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Obama is the very model of a modern hypocrite. The Celebrity-in-Chief tours the country demanding gun control measures while largely pretending that gun violence is something that happens in suburban schools when it actually largely takes place in urban areas, including Chicago.

Much of the gun violence in the country is actually gang violence in urban areas. The media has largely chosen to ignore this while focusing on the occasional mentally ill mass shooter.

All of this would be bad enough, but Obama has chosen to neglect Federal gun prosecutions in Chicago to an obscene degree.

David Burnham, co-director of TRAC, states their analysis says that according to case-by-case U.S. Justice Department information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, there were 52 federal gun prosecutions in Illinois North (Chicago) in 2012, or 5.52 per million in population.

By this measure, compared with the 90 federal judicial districts in the U.S., the prosecution rate in Chicago was the lowest in the country.

Considering that there were 522 people murdered in Chicago in 2012, one would think that the documented lack of enforcement of existing gun laws by a president seeking more of them would be a national scandal.

The Syracuse study also showed that nationally federal gun crime prosecutions hit a decade low in 2011 under President Obama, down 40% from their peak under President George W. Bush in 2004.

The number of federal weapons prosecutions fell from about 11,000 in 2004 to about 6,000 under the Obama administration in 2011, before ticking up to 7,770 in 2012.

That’s a very sharp drop but it’s not surprising when you look back on Obama’s career in the Illinois State Senate where he failed to vote for a bill cracking down on gun possession in schools. A law that would have largely targeted the gangs who are highly influential in Chicago politics.

For Obama Inc., the gangs are responsible for most of the shootings in urban areas are not the gun owners that they are looking for.

  • Mary Sue

    Obama would never prosecute his base.

  • truebearing

    I seem to recall a story about Chicago gangs actually getting guns from our government during the Fast and Furious scheme. I guess Obama and Holder wanted everyone in the drug smuggling/distribution chain to have American guns, straight from the Whitehouse. They gave guns to criminal drug running gangs in Honduras (the same country Obama punished for not allowing a Marxist wannabe dictator violate the nation's constitution). They sold guns to and laundered money for the Mexican drug gangs, but they want to take guns away from law abiding citizens, especially any who aren't brown.

    Call it what it is: Obama and the Left don't want conservatives, or anyone who will defend the constitution, to have the ability to fight the coup. It is really simple.

    • Mary Sue

      they do it on purpose in order to have an EXCUSE to take guns from law-abiding citizens!

      • Asher

        His, O's plan was to give away free stuff to those who don't work for it, and then when he can't continue to pay them off, create riots in the streets, (civil unrest which destroys any nation) just like Greece, or other nations where the free stuff gets shut off!

        • Bull57

          You have hit the nail on the head…

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    One cannot exert TOTALITARIAN control when one prosecutes criminals/gangs. Say what? One needs outlaws, MS 13 etc, the underclass and illegals to stir the pot, otherwise society will not crumble. On the other hand, gutting the Second Amendment allows law abiding citizens to become defenseless, and real control ensues. You got that?

    As such, ObamaCare, via an economic/societal implosion, must take place – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/18/obamas-march-

    In tandem, Sharia Law is easier to implement in the US, as promised, in Cairo, to the Brotherhood Mafia- http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/02/explosive-dhs

    Alas, what will it take for this happen? – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/01/will-barack-h

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • mah29001

    We don't have a gun problem, we have a gang problem. Get rid of the gangs and you'll have less shootings in inner cities.

  • Asher

    See, Once again Obama ignores the real problem and persecutes the innocent…Divide and conquer. He is the most lawless President in History!

  • tagalog

    Gangs with guns are not the problem. Armed citizens are the problem. To complete the program to socialize this country, the potential for armed resistance must be eliminated. To achieve this end, the ordinary citizen must be disarmed.

    Gang violence can either be controlled, or the people lulled into accepting it because it happens mostly in the bad neighborhoods. So that's a controllable phenomenon.

    A classic Marxist would say that gangs are a product of the lumpenproletariat, a class that is incapable of revolutionary action. The bourgeoisie, however, is the most revolutionary class in history, and is fully capable of using deadly force against a tyrannical government. Those latter folks must have their teeth pulled before they give vent to their reactionary and counter-revolutionary tendencies.

  • VLParker

    Obama's tactics are straight out of the Nazi handbook.

  • marios

    Hitler only on 6th his reign started horrible violations: Cristal night. Jews were as always the first victims but soon one of the most civilized country was transformed in to bloody totalitarian barbarian system. MSM supported him from the beginning like we have situation now. if Obama and Co disarm law abiding citizens, good by recently great country. We are closer and closer to become fascists state, or Islamic states of America.
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