By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel)Â Negligent:Â Democrats and their increasingly unhinged Left-wing base have been screaming for â€œtougher background checksâ€ following a series of school shootings and other high-profile mass murders that have occurred recently.
But â€˜tougher checksâ€™ wonâ€™t do much good if people who are legally disqualified from purchasing firearms are deleted from the FBIâ€™s National Instant Background Check System (NICS).
And yet, thatâ€™s exactly what happened during the very anti-gun administration of Barack Obama.
As reported by Zero Hedge, citing information from the Washington Post, the Obama regime ordered 500,000 fugitives â€” not a misprint, thatâ€™s a half-million â€” whoÂ had outstanding arrest warrants purged from the NICS in late 2016, which would have been during Obamaâ€™s lame-duck, post-election day period and as President-elect Donald J. Trump was set to take office.
According to testimony from Acting FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, the Postâ€™s November report, which set the figure at â€œtens of thousands,â€ was accurate.
The Post noted:
The FBI purged the names from the database after the Justice Department changed its legal interpretation of â€œfugitive from justiceâ€ to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines.
What that means is that those fugitives who were previously prohibited under federal law from purchasing firearms can now buy them, unless barred for other reasons.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. asked Bowdich specifically if more than a half-million names were purged from the database, to which he responded, â€œThat was a decision that was made under the previous administration.â€
He added: â€œIt was the Department of Justiceâ€™s Office of Legal Counsel that reviewed the law and believed that it needed to be interpreted so that if someone was a fugitive in a state, there had to be indications that they had crossed state lines. Otherwise, they were not known to be a fugitive under the law in the way it was interpreted.â€
First of all, it needs to be said that the NICS was established for the express purpose of preventing people who are legally prohibited from buying a firearm from doing so. As Zero Hedgeâ€™s Tyler Durden noted, citing federal statistics, the system has prevented 1.5 million people from buying a gun, including 180,000 fugitives from justice.
So why would anyone in the Justice Department do anything at all to make the system less effective instead of more so? After all, the Obama Office of Legal Counsel could just as easily have interpreted the law much more strictly, as it had been doing throughout Obamaâ€™s tenure, apparently.
Why the sudden shift in interpretation, as the president was on his way out the door? Durden reports there was apparently a conflict in definitions between the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the latter agency favoring the Office of Legal Counselâ€™s â€˜crossing of state linesâ€™ change. So OLC changed its interpretation, at the urging of the governmentâ€™s primary gun enforcement agency.
That doesnâ€™t make any sense.
Now, call me a cynic, but part of me believes this very well could have been intentional. Iâ€™ll explain.
Do you remember â€œOperation Fast and Furious?â€ That was the codename for an operation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It involved allowing some 2,000 assault-style guns and other firearms to be â€˜walkedâ€™ into Mexico, where they were delivered to members of drug cartels. The agency was supposed to track them back to the cartels, but BATF and Justice Department officials assigned to monitor the weapons lost track of most of them
Republicans investigating the operation at the time suggested that the operation was part of a larger Obama administration push for more gun control, a claim supported by documents obtained in December 2011 by CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Guns connected to the operation have since been discovered at multiple crime scenes north and south of the border. One of the guns was used by a suspected cartel member to murder U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Are you following me? It is not beyond the pale to believe, given Fast and Furiousâ€™ gun-control objective and the deep, deep-seated corruption throughout the Obama FBI and DoJ that this change was made as a vehicle for a renewed push for gun control.
Food for thought.
A version of this story first appeared at Trump.news.
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