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October 24, 2011

Obama admin weak on gun prosecutions, report shows
By Dave Workman

While the Obama administration has been furiously defending its scandalous gun trafficking sting operation called Fast and Furious, an independent tracking effort by Syracuse University has revealed that Eric Holderís Justice Department is prosecuting fewer federal gun crimes this year than the Bush administration was pursuing in 2005. For all its trumpeting about going after gun crime, this is what TRAC Reports says about the Obama administrationís track record: During the first ten months of FY 2011, federal prosecutions credited to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have fallen almost 7 percent from the previous fiscal year. This continues a downward slide that began six years ago, according to an analysis of timely Justice Department data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). According to the TRAC Report, So far this fiscal year, the number of ATF-led investigations that resulted in prosecution have totaled 7,282. If the same pace continues for the remaining two months, criminal filings should reach 8,738. This would be 18 percent fewer than the peak in FY 2005 of 10,715 ATF prosecutions during the Bush Administration.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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