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