Per Kevin Williamson, Obama isn’t interested in reducing gun violence. A fight with the NRA is more politically useful to him.
In 90 percent of (gun-related homicides in New York city), the identified killers had prior criminal histories, often for violent crime — and about 70 percent of the victims had prior criminal arrests. The problem is an entrenched culture of criminality and disorder, not regulations on Bob’s Bait Shop and Firearms Emporium in Muleshoe, Texas.
Those killers aren’t walking the streets of New York City because of the NRA. They’re on the street because law-enforcement and criminal-justice agencies, especially in big, Democrat-run cities, fail to do their jobs. And President Obama refuses to hold them to account. If you want some common-sense gun control that can in fact be enacted by presidential order, start by reversing the fact that federal prosecutors more or less categorically refuse to take up straw-buyer cases. The U.S. attorney responsible for Chicago announced in 2012 that his office would no longer prosecute straw-purchase cases unless there was some bigger, sexier aspect to them, such as interstate gun-trafficking.
… The desire to focus regulatory efforts on licensed gun dealers instead of on straw buyers and other actual criminals is in part about laziness (gun dealers have fixed addresses and regular business hours) but also about the desire to shift prosecutorial energy away from the sort of communities in which “community organizers” make their living.
The president has it within his power to order U.S. attorneys, in Chicago and elsewhere, to take up those straw-buyer cases, but he refuses to exercise it. Why? Because he believes that there is political juice to be had from a long, drawn-out confrontation with the NRA and other gun-rights activists, but none to be had from taking meaningful steps to punish the actual wrongdoers. That is cowardice, and it is immoral.
Exactly thus. Obama is attacking law-abiding gun owners because we are not part of his political base. He will not prosecute gun crimes in Democrat-Run Big Cities because *they* are.