With the mass murder event in Oregon President Plausible tried a new tact in his relentless attempt to seize guns from the American public, “gun safety”. For those of you who are unaware I refer to the denizen of the White House as President Plausible because he is great at delivering lines and sometimes those lines seem innocuous until you really give some thought to what he said. Bush was characterized as an empty suit, this guy is the king with no clothes. He parades around naked while all his acolytes ooh and ahh and talk about how well his suit fits.
Then in the next breath he is off to his next foray into chaos. This time it is Inmate release. The justice department proposes to release 6,000 Federal inmates convicted of drug crimes and weapons violations. Under Federal sentencing guidelines drug distribution is a crime of violence, so is burglary, felon in possession of a firearm and using a firearm during the commission of a drug related felony.
Am I the only one that sees a disconnect here? President Plausible and his co-conspirators have declared war on an inanimate object a firearm, and those that possess and use firearms legally. On the other hand they are seeking to release 6,000 individuals who have demonstrated their proclivity to use firearms in an illegal fashion. Take guns away from people with no history of criminal activity and put people with an established history of violence and illegal firearms use back on the street, where they can obtain firearms. Nothing mutually inconsistent here.
I have had guns for forty years, none have ever been used in a crime. To be sure they have been to thousands of crime scenes. These same guns have been aimed at hundreds of suspects, with finger on the trigger. 99% of the time it went no further. Most guns will fall into that category, in that they have never been used to commit a crime and are under the control of responsible gun owners.
100% of the individuals President Plausible seeks to release have been convicted of a violent crime. Many of them are career criminals. Contrary to what the media put out, most of upper level dealers are not addicted and didn’t use the product they sold. As one defendant I interviewed stated, “they keep trying to put me in drug treatment. I tell them, I don’t do drugs. What I got you can’t treat, it’s greed.” According to President Plausible they have done their time, what are the odds they stay out?
National Statistics on Recidivism
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) studies have found high rates of recidivism among released prisoners. One study tracked 404,638 prisoners in 30 states after their release from prison in 2005. The researchers found that:
Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.
Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.Of those prisoners who were rearrested, more than half (56.7 percent) were arrested by the end of the first year.
Property offenders were the most likely to be rearrested, with 82.1 percent of released property offenders arrested for a new crime compared with 76.9 percent of drug offenders, 73.6 percent of public order offenders and 71.3 percent of violent offenders.
The last time I checked the Bureau of Prisons does not offer a gun safety class in prison. How does releasing 6,000 violent offenders make America safer? The only way I can see, from the liberals point of view, is if those 6,000 violent offenders do what they have always done and create such a backlash from their return to violent lawlessness that President Plausible can come up with another scheme to disarm the American public.
Times have changed since the 6,000 went inside. Many of these guys have lost a decade or more. They may find that society as a whole is not willing to put up with their way of doing things. When confronted people shoot back. BJS may need to come up with a new category for the 6,000, DRT (dead right there) for those that return to crime but have their careers cut short without an arrest. When that happens, will it occur to the families that but for the intervention of President Plausible their loved one would still be alive?