Facts are a stubborn thing for progressives. Always have been, always will be.
Demorats starting demanding more gun control after the shootout with Philadelphia Police on Wednesday. In some cases, demorats even called for more gun control while the situation was unfolding.
Demorat presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke and Amy Klobuchar took to Twitter to
express their outrage pander to voters:
Kamala Harris: “We can’t sit around waiting for others to take action on gun violence. Doing nothing is not an option.”
Pancho Beto: “Thinking of Philadelphia, and everyone impacted by this gun violence epidemic we need to end.”
Amy Klobuchar: “Another tragic shooting. This time in Philadelphia. We have to end this scourge of gun violence.”
Turns out the shooter was a violent, drug-dealing convicted felon, meaning he wasn’t legally allowed to possess firearms. But he’s a criminal, so did you really expect him to follow the law?
According to NBC Philadelphia, the 36-year-old shooter has a lengthy criminal record that included firearms charges. Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said that “he never should have been on the streets.”
And therein lies the problem with demanding more gun control laws while not adequately punishing prohibited possessors.
A report published by the US Sentencing Commission on June 27, 2019 entitled, “Recidivism Among Federal Firearms Offenders” shows that the problem lies in the criminal justice system and progressives’ demand for “criminal justice reform.”
Key findings from their report:
The 3,446 firearms offenders analyzed in this report represent 13.8 percent of the 25,000 offenders in this study who were released in calendar year 2005.
Firearms offenders recidivated at a higher rate than non-firearms offenders. Over two-thirds (68.1%) of firearms offenders were rearrested for a new crime during the eight-year follow-up period compared to less than half of non-firearms offenders (46.3%).
Firearms offenders recidivated more quickly than non-firearms offenders. Of the firearms offenders who recidivated, the median time from release to the first recidivism event was 17 months. Comparatively, the median time from release to the first recidivism event for non-firearms offenders was 22 months.
A greater percentage of firearms offenders were rearrested for serious crimes than non-firearms offenders.
Firearms offenders recidivated at a higher rate than non-firearms offenders in every age group at the time of release from custody.
Read the whole report here.
Maybe, just maybe, we could take a look at punishing firearm offenders more severely.
Also, could we enforce the current gun laws? See the following examples:
“145,000 people in NC whose criminal records should have kept them from buying a gun weren’t even added to the background check database till Dec 2018. And there’s no way to know how many of them bought guns.”
“Out of 112,000 fraudulent 4473s only 12 were prosecuted in 2017.”
“Gun laws that cost millions had little effect because they weren’t enforced”
I know these facts will mean absolutely nothing to demorats. Gun grabbers prefer to operate with their emotions.