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The White House, Office of the Press Secretary
January 5, 2016

Question to Josh Earnest from James Rosen, Fox News, during January 5, 2016 White House Press Briefing


As yesterday, Iíd like to focus on two subjects. First, guns, and then the Middle East. Iíll try and do this all quickly. You and the President have cited a great number of statistics in the run-up to this moment, so I wanted to share some statistics with you and get your reaction to them. Syracuse Universityís Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, which uses the Freedom of Information Act to pry loose statistics from the Department of Justice and other federal agencies, records that federal criminal convictions on firearms charges have decreased almost 6 percent from last year; 15.5 percent since 2010; and 34.8 percent since 2005. How do you explain this stark plunge year after year getting bigger year after year under this President of enforcing the existing gun laws?


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