In the latest show of hypocrisy from the White House, President Obama has increased the rate of sentence commutations for criminals doing time for firearm-related offenses.
USA Today reported last week that prior to August, 13 percent of inmates receiving clemency had used a firearm in the offense. In August, that rate increased to 22 percent, and on Thursday 11 of the 102 inmates being granted clemency were incarcerated for firearm-related offenses.
Not that you’ll hear anything about this from the White House. Instead, spokesman Neil Eggleston focused on the “drug-related” nature of many of the crimes being commuted.
“The vast majority of today’s grants were for individuals serving unduly harsh sentences for drug-related crimes under outdated sentencing laws,” Eggleston said in a statement. “With today’s grants, the President has commuted 774 sentences, more than the previous 11 presidents combined. With a total of 590 commutations this year, President Obama has now commuted the sentences of more individuals in one year than in any other single year in our nation’s history.”
Eggleston touts Obama’s record-breaking clemency spree, but fails in this statement to acknowledge the inconsistency between the President’s gun rhetoric and his actions.
Obama lectures the Second Amendment community seemingly every day on the “failures” of gun control laws in the United States. Between references to the so-called “gun show loophole,” the “online loophole,” and the “background check loophole,” Obama paints a picture in which state and federal gun laws are riddled with ways criminals can traffic illegal guns. His solution, inevitably, is to tighten gun regulations and make it even more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
How does this rhetoric square with the President’s leniency on “gun crime”? It doesn’t. If Obama really wanted to reduce “gun violence,” he would stop pushing for new legislation and start enforcing the legislation already in place. Instead of harassing law-abiding gun owners, he would send a clear message to those who commit crimes with guns: “If I catch you, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
His latest actions have sent the opposite message. Rather than being “tough on guns,” Obama has communicated that committing a gun-related crime might actually get you out of jail sooner.
So, to review. If you’re a law-abiding citizen, the President has promised to do everything in his power to regulate into oblivion your constitutional right to keep and bear arms. But as soon as you decide to violate those gun laws, the President might just give you a pass.
This is “gun control,” but there’s no “common sense” anywhere in sight.