President Obama Wants to Stop ‘Gun Crime’ While Forgiving Criminals Who Use Guns

President Obama (Photo: Associated Press)

President Obama (Photo: Associated Press)

The President of the United States talks a lot about “common sense.” Common sense gun control legislation, he says, will reduce the number of firearm-related deaths in our country and stop the “flood” of guns into our communities.

But here’s one piece of common sense he has yet to grasp: people—not guns—commit crimes. “Gun crime” is a misnomer because guns can’t commit crimes—only criminals can.

We know he doesn’t grasp this concept because he recently decided to commute the sentences of 156 federal prisoners who have been convicted of gun-related offenses.

Here’s a short sample, courtesy of the National Review and the Washington Times, of the convicted criminals President Obama will be releasing into our neighborhoods and communities:

  • Wilson Henderson, of Hollywood, Fla., was convicted of “use of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.”
  • Kenneth Evans, of Fort Worth, Texas, was convicted of “use and carry firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime and aiding and abetting.”
  • Mark Anthony Clark, of Rockford, Ill., was convicted of “possession of a firearm by a felon/fugitive from justice and aiding and abetting,” as well as of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams of meth.
  • Artis Sangria McGraw, a two-time felon was nabbed in 2001 as part of a federal-local task force specifically aimed at prosecuting gun crimes. He was caught dealing drugs in a neighborhood of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and had a loaded .38 caliber revolver — with the serial number obliterated.
  • Kenneth H. Smith was convicted of lying to a firearms dealer.
  • Carolyn Yvonne Butler was convicted of three counts of armed bank robbery.
  • Robert Joe Young was convicted of using a gun while trafficking drugs and obstruction of justice. Young was arrested with more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine, was already on probation when he was arrested again, was deemed by local law enforcement to be a major drug supplier to his area and had 40 guns, according to the National Association of Assistant U.S. Attorneys, which represents rank-and-file federal prosecutors.

The President’s hypocrisy has not gone unnoticed on Capitol Hill. Sen. Richard C. Shelby of Alabama pointed out that “on one hand, the Obama administration is attempting to limit law-abiding Americans from exercising their Second Amendment right and protecting themselves from harm. On the other hand, the president will let criminals with firearm-related offenses off easy.”

The anti-gun agenda, it seems, is not about stopping people who commit crimes with guns. Their focus, as Brendan Kelly of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence explained, is on guns themselves.

“Our organizational priority is keeping guns out of the hands of prohibited purchasers in the first place,” Kelly told the Washington Times. “We feel that starts by expanding Brady background checks to all gun sales and by cracking down on so-called ‘bad apple’ gun dealers who skirt the law and best practices. We believe that the federal government’s greatest opportunity to reduce gun violence and increase public safety lies in these two approaches.”

The “common sense” behind the President’s call for gun control isn’t really sensible at all. He and his anti-gun supporters blame guns—inanimate objects—rather than the people who choose to pull the trigger. The President made this clear when he decided to forgive 156 felons of gun-related crimes, and anti-gunners make this clear every time they propose gun control as a solution to “gun crime.”

About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over two years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco.

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  • Sean Scully September 1, 2016, 2:04 pm

    How long should someone caught with drugs and an illegal gun spend in prison. Artis was in jail for 15 years, should it be 30?
    Actual timed served for convicted rapists is 5.4 years. Artis spent more time in jail then the average sentence for voluntary manslaughter.

    Artis Sangria McGraw, a two-time felon was nabbed in 2001 as part of a federal-local task force specifically aimed at prosecuting gun crimes. He was caught dealing drugs in a neighborhood of Spartanburg, South Carolina, and had a loaded .38 caliber revolver — with the serial number obliterated.

  • Patriot August 14, 2016, 2:31 pm

    Obama is an anti-American idiot democrat. He pardons felons who used guns to commit crimes and these felons will probably use stolen guns to commit more crimes. The honest Americans, including old, disabled, veterans, will be assaulted, robbed, raped, and money taken from the honest, defenseless Americans will probably be used by dope heads to buy illegal drugs. Why do the people in California, New York, New Jersey elect idiot Democrats such as Obama, Clintons Hellary and Billy, Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer, Schumer, Bloomberg, Healey, Brown, and others of the same ilk? There may come a day when the honest American people need to fight to keep their Constitutional rights.

  • Fadedglory76 August 14, 2016, 12:23 am

    None of this ridiculousness, I mean none of this will stop until WE THE PEOPLE, march up on the whitehouse and demand to take our country back! I mean seriously, we can all bitch, and moan until we’re blue in the face. But it never does a thing, they just continue to pass laws they want, executive orders, throw good people in jail, spuew lies in the media and twist around the truth! Think about it, it’s absolutely asinine! We must all ban together, the last time I checked the declaration of independence, it said “We the people” I’m pretty sure we’re the ones being treated like the puppets?

  • Tom Horn August 12, 2016, 9:59 pm

    Common sense, huh? So, they want to take law-breaking, gun-toting criminals out of prison, and call them citizens. And, put law-abiding citizens, who want to protect their families with more than 10 rounds of ammo in their semi-auto firearms, in prison, and call them criminals. Makes sense to me. That will surely make America safer.

    Common sense tells me they have corn mush for brains… or they think we do.

  • Dave Emery August 12, 2016, 6:10 pm

    We must all FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS. FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT! We can’t let these anti-Americans take any of our natural rights from us. Self protection from physical harm or death is one of the most basic natural rights belonging to all living beings. Our beloved 2nd Amendment is a NATURAL right and not a privilege; it can’t be rightfully taken away or hindered (infringement) but surely it can be given up. Lets not make it easy for them. As set up by our founders and in this country we have a DUTY to be armed. This is not Australia. This is not Japan. This is not Europe. This is the best county on Earth. Period. This is the United States of America and if you don’t like our guns or our attitude then keep quiet and be glad there are us that do. If you want to ban them then leave, this is not your country. Don’ t let these moronic traitors take from us what is ours. I know I won’t. It’s WE THE PEOPLE who matter and it’s WE THE PEOPLE who will prevail. Speak up at every chance you get. The time is NOW.

  • Boz August 12, 2016, 1:07 pm


  • wake_Up_America August 12, 2016, 10:47 am

    Barry Hussein NoBoma is a criminal at the highest of all levels in this nation!! If you nuts out there vote for CROOKED HILLARY, well you are literally flushing this once great country down the drain!!

    • DRAINO August 14, 2016, 6:04 pm

      If they DON’t vote for TRUMP….they ARE VOTING for Hitlery.

  • JPLen47 August 12, 2016, 9:43 am

    This is a very interesting article that everyone should really take a few minutes to read before casting a vote in November. After all the hoopla that Obama has spurted out about gun control, now he SHORT CIRCUITS and decides to Pardon 156 individuals who have used guns to commit crimes. WOW !!!
    Obama is truly BRAIN-DEAD. In the future Hillary (if Elected President) will be able to also Pardon many of the Syrian Terrorists that Obama and her have admitted into the United States… Get a Reality Check and see what is happening in Europe with Rape and other crimes attributed to the influx of refugees into their countries… Our leadership in this country is truly PATHETIC !!!

    Idiot of the year award pending for this one !!!

  • rhcomms12 August 12, 2016, 8:08 am

    No Doubt! Obama and certain Governors are all about gun control however, when they “pardon” jailed fellons – it never happend! So the voilent offender who dismissed the PFA against them, and did serious bodily harm against the person the PFA was desgigned to protect get a free pass … they can buy a firearm! But lifelong law-abiding citizens are the bad guys because we’re members of the NRA – ref. Irony! Question – where’s the “Common Sennse?”

  • Taxx73 August 11, 2016, 4:38 pm

    Of course he\’s letting these thugs out. So when that when Trump wins the oval office the demonrats can sit back and say that \”gun crime\” is skyrocketing because of Trump\’s policies. When in reality it\’s going to be a case of Odumbo causing the mess and Trump having to clean it up. If Hitlery gets elected it\’s just going to get worse.
    To all libtards, demonrats and just plain idiots out there- LEAVE OUR RIGHTS ALONE!!!!!!

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