107 Gun Felons Forgiven, Amid
Calls for Stricter Gun Control

By Mark Swanson. August 10th, 2016

President Barack Obama has forgiven 107 federal inmates who were convicted of gun crimes during his administration while at the same time pushing for stricter gun controls, according to a story in The Washington Times.

According to the Times report, of those 107 who were either pardoned or had their sentences commuted, their dealings with a gun included:

  • Using firearms while dealing drugs;
  • Carried firearms despite felony convictions;
  • Caught lying to gun dealers;
  • Carrying firearms with registration numbers removed.

Yet this is the President who repeatedly calls for reform to keep guns out of the wrong hands.

"This is the most incredible hypocrisy," Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, told the Times. "The president has commuted the sentences of dangerous criminals who were convicted of gun-related charges. But then, he does everything in his power to block law-abiding gun owners from purchasing firearms."

The Times reports Obama has forgiven a total of 600 federal inmates, more than his nine predecessors combined. Apparently 107 felons who carried guns while selling drugs don't count as having a propensity for violence......

While it can be argued that prison sentences are sometimes excessive with more minor felonies, it has long been the case that prosecutions against illegal firearm possession, (often combined with drug dealing) have been regarded as severe. Criminal plus gun equates to significant violence potential and yet here we are releasing felons, all the while watching attempts to disarm good people. Hypocrisy seems too mild a word.

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