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April 28, 2016

How To Fix The Crime Problem In Chicago
By Frank Minter

According to figures crunched by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data-gathering and distribution organization at Syracuse University, in 2012 Chicago ranked dead last in federal enforcement of gun laws per capita. And that wasn’t an anomaly. In recent years Chicago has remained at or near the bottom of the list for prosecutions of gun crimes at the federal level. In 2014, Chicago ranked 82nd out of 90 federal districts. In fact, though Obama has often talked about gun violence—usually as a justification for more restrictions on freedom—his Department of Justice (DOJ) has been pursuing fewer “gun violence” cases. The number of gun-related prosecutions has declined almost every year since Obama was sworn into office in 2008. The DOJ reported it had 6,002 new weapons-related convictions in 2015. According to case-by-case information analyzed by TRAC, this number is down 5.8 percent from 2014. Compared to five years ago, the number of convictions is down 15.5 percent. Gun-related convictions are down 34.8 percent from 2005, during the George W. Bush administration.

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