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September 17, 2016

San Bernardino: First In Murders, Last In Gun Prosecutions
By Marshall Lewin

On Sept. 9, the Los Angeles Times reported that San Bernardino had seen 47 murders so far this year—more than in the entire year of 2015, counting the 14 individuals murdered by terrorists. This number puts the city on track to rack up more murders this year than in any year since 1995, and gives San Bernardino the dubious distinction of having a murder rate about 72 percent higher than that of even blood-soaked Chicago. Yet for all of Obama’s tears and tired demands for new anti-gun laws, he can’t be bothered to enforce the federal gun laws on the books in places like Chicago and San Bernardino. Indeed, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)—an independent, non-partisan organization at Syracuse University that tracks the enforcement of federal laws—has found that the federal judicial district that contains San Bernardino (Central California) ranks dead last in federal gun prosecutions. That’s right: Out of 90 federal jurisdictions in the United States, Central California, and San Bernardino, ranked 90th out of 90 on federal gun law prosecutions. And it’s had the worst record in the United States on enforcement of federal gun laws for three out of the last four years.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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