Thursday, August 04, 2016

President Obama Releasing Gun Felons

If you've been watching the news, or reading it on the Intertubes, you know that President Obama has chosen to commute the sentences of prisoners who "mostly" commit non-violent drug crimes.  That's certainly within his power, and laudable in some respects.  But once we get past the "mostly" we see that he's also releasing gun felons who were in possession of firearms during their drug crimes.  The Justice Department helpfully provides a list of those felons that he recently commuted their sentences.  For example:
  Joshua Boyer – Tampa, FL
Offense: Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense; possession of a firearm not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record; Middle District of Florida
 Reinaldo A. Arocho – Lake Station, IN
Offense: Drug conspiracy; maintaining a drug house; distribution of crack cocaine; carrying a firearm during drug trafficking; attempting to corruptly persuade a witness; Northern District of Indiana
Asher Adkins – Columbia City, IN
Offense: Distribution of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting (two counts); distribution of methamphetamine (three counts); use or carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime (two counts); distribution of more than 100 grams of methamphetamine (two counts); Northern District of Indiana
Patrick A. Brown – Alexandria, VA
Offense: Felon in possession of a firearm, aiding and abetting (two counts); possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, aiding and abetting; District of Maryland
Willie Chester – Waco, TX
Offense: Possession of a firearm by felon; false statement in acquisition of firearm; Western District of Texas
Mark Anthony Clark – Rockford, IL
Offense: Conspiracy; possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of methamphetamine and aiding and abetting; possession with intent to distribute amphetamine; possession of a firearm by a felon/fugitive from justice and aiding and abetting; Northern District of Texas
 Jimmie Clyde Collins – Joshua, TX
Offense: Conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute; possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and aiding and abetting; using a drug involved premises and aiding and abetting; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver; possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime; Northern District of Texas
I could go on, but you get the point.  "Mostly" non-violent drug offenders, but a surprising number of them (51 actually, or almost 1-in-4) was convicted of a firearms felony.  I, like most gun owners are tired of being harassed on almost a daily basis by the anti-gunners moaning about the need for more gun control.  It seems to me that President Obama is sending precisely the wrong message in releasing convicted gun felons.  It's as if he wants to demonize those of us who use guns for sport and recreation, but he'll release those convicted of serious gun felonies.

This is the Democrat's message.  They want laws against the law-abiding.  The convicted gun felons, they'll turn loose.


Termite said...

There is a lesson in this for local LEOs and DAs: arrest, charge, and try such offenders on state charges ONLY.

El Capitan said...

Not sure which way to lean on this issue. I'm OK with releasing non-violent weed dealers, since their customers usually sit on the couch all day and are a danger only to bags of Doritos.

Coke & meth dealers, though, have customers that usually end up robbing & stealing and committing various acts of mayhem to buy drugs.

As for the firearms charges, I'd want to know the whole story. The D.A. routinely stacks charges against the perp to increase the odds of a conviction in court.

If you're slinging dope, get busted, and the cops find the old family shotgun in the back of a closet while searching the house, they're going to charge you with possession of firearm while in the commission of a felony, and whatever else they can think up. That I'm not OK with. (assuming you're not already a convicted felon)

Got a heater in your waistband while dealing 8-balls? Adios, dude. See you in 30 years...

Joe Mama said...

"...five kilograms or more of cocaine"

Holy crap, Batman. That is more than a baggie of weed, that is a bunch of coke.

mostly cajun said...

Obviously, THOSE gun laws didn't work. We need new ones.