If you needed any further evidence this boob has zero influence and is way off track going after legal gun owners, the gangbangers in his hometown drove that message home with a bang. Guns aren’t the problem, criminals are.
Before President Barack Obama could officially announce his proposals to help curb gun violence two people had already been shot in his hometown of Chicago that day. About an hour after Obama spoke Tuesday, before pundits and candidates were done breaking down the proposals, it would rise to three.
By the end of the day, 12 people had been shot and four were dead. Not a single person was in custody in connection with any of the shootings as of midday Wednesday. This type of violence is precisely what Obama wants to end.
So how is going after law-abiding gun owners and the NRA going to have any effect on gang violence in the community he organized?
Obama teared up when speaking about the children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. But as he mentioned, such mass shootings, while receiving heavy media coverage, account for a small percentage of those killed by guns.
“By the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day,” he said, referring to his hometown where he began his political career. Now he aims to make a difference or at least a dent by expanding the background check system and providing more funding for mental health treatment.
In the first five days of 2016, police in Chicago say shootings are already up more than 176% — 47 compared with 17 in 2015. Ten of this year’s shootings were homicides.
Illinois has some of the nation’s strictest gun-control laws, and authorities are continuously pulling guns off the streets, but these measures seem to do little to end the violence. How to change what’s happening in Chicago and in other cities around the nation is entirely debatable depending on where you are on gun policy. But the human toll is one thing nobody can ignore.
So a city with strict gun control is completely out of control. Got it. And if you were somehow under the mistaken impression Obama is serious about crime, he plans on releasing thousands of criminals onto the streets before his time in office is mercifully up.
The Justice Department will drastically increase the number of attorneys it has on staff to deal with what is expected to be a massive push by President Obama to grant clemency to federal prisoners before the end of his term.
The Office of the Pardon Attorney, which handles the federal government’s clemency cases, posted a job listing for 16 attorney advisors on the Justice Department’s website on Tuesday.
The number of expected hires is more than double the agency’s staffing level as of May 2013. Then, seven permanent attorneys — the pardon attorney, a deputy and five staff attorneys — were on staff.
But that was before Obama’s Justice Department announced a clemency initiative to encourage federal prisoners to petition to have their sentences reduced or vacated.