Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to the Senate Judiciary Committee today:

"I was the federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Alabama, and we aggressively went after those who were found with guns in their possession during the commission of crimes. To this day, that district has the highest rate of federal gun prosecutions of anywhere in the country, and I am convinced that we sent a message to criminals.

We saw a decline in the violent crime rate as a result. Under the Obama Administration, prosecution of criminals for gun crimes has fallen significantly. So they are pushing for new laws to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans while failing to do the one thing that will truly save lives: going after criminals for gun crimes."

This goes to the heart of the gun control and immigration reform debates: why should Congress pass new laws when the ones already on the books are being selectively enforced by the administration? The Congress should insist on compliance before sweeping new laws are passed.

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Bobby(3 likes)   The left doesn't prosecute gun crimes because they need MORE gun violence to help pass laws  limiting the rights of lawful gun owners.  That was the whole reason behind Fast and Furious.  Embolden enough gun violence to create a public outcry for legislation to limit firearms for everyone. 
Charles Woodhead(2 likes)First of all, the Washington Post article on number of guns in America is BS. They have no idea how many guns there are in America. NONE!  Democrat gun grabbers love to try to get more gun control in place when the existing gun control they hyped as the cure-all don't work and aren't inforced.   Mandatory sentences are ignored by Liberal courts, putting convicted underage felons right back on the street to kill again as in the case of Obama's campaign worker in Chicago. Police constantly find criminals and prior convicts carrying guns which violates parole, which puts them right back in prison. Gun Free Zones create victims as has been demonstrated time and time again. Schools, Universities, Bars, Post Offices, Military bases, recruiting stations, healthcare centers, banks, ship yards, office buildings, airports, bus stations, theaters, train stations, trains are all favorite places to find victims.  You don't find them at gun shows and dealers.  If guns are so dangerous, how does anyone get out of a gun show alive?  With tens of thousands of rounds shot every day, how does anyone survive at my local gun range?
@jwood1952(2 likes)Very true Bobby.  They also have at that time the other issue, like felons being caught with guns.  The disproportionate number as they would call it, of black felons being arrested would only hi-lite further where the gun violence exists, which they already knew, but were unwilling to put more inner city blacks in prison.  There's been a concerted effort in the past decade to keep reported crimes on the down low.  The DA's offices downgrade crimes, take felonies off the table wherever they can, then once they get into court the charges have been so watered down it doesn't even make sense to have a case, dismissed, suspended sentences become the rule.  At the end of the day if you don't report it, if there's no prosecution, then there's no crime.  Yet police dept's. never shrink, cause on the street the same crap is going on.