Biden on Prosecuting Current Gun Laws: “We don’t have the time”
But we have the time to act (ACT NOW!) on laws that are clearly more politically than they are actually going to do anything to solve the problem.
Jim Baker, the NRA representative present at the meeting, recalled the vice president’s words during an interview with The Daily Caller: “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.”
Submitting false information on an ATF Form 4473 — required for the necessary background check to obtain a firearm — is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison, depending on prior convictions and a judge’s discretion, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Baker, the NRA’s director of federal affairs, told TheDC that he was given five minutes to present the NRA’s concerns and the approach the group saw as being the most effective to prevent another massacre like the Newtown, Conn. shooting. During those five minutes, he said, he mentioned the need to prosecute existing gun laws.
He pointed to the low number of prosecutions for information falsification and the relatively low felony prosecution rate for gun crimes.
Biden was apparently unmoved by Baker’s concern.
In 2010, prosecutors considered just 22 cases of information falsification, according to a 2012 report to the Department of Justice by the Regional Justice Information Service. Forty additional background-check cases ended up before prosecutors for reasons related to unlawful gun possession.
In all, prosecutors pursued just 44 of those 62 cases. More than 72,600 applications were denied on the basis of a background check.
The Caller goes on to report that federal gun prosecutions are down 35 percent in 2011 when compared to 2004. What we have in Washington, is an administration completely uncommitted to enforcing the laws already on the books, while at the same time, using a national tragedy to get their political agenda items passed.
You can pass all the laws you want until you’re blue in the face, but if you have an executive branch unwilling to enforce them, you’re only writing on pieces of paper…wasting everyone’s time in the process.