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.