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Obama Ignorant of Gun Felons He Freed, Cites False 'Hypotheticals'

Obama Ignorant of Gun Felons He Freed, Cites False 'Hypotheticals'

Craig Bannister | MRC

Obama’s defense of his commutation of the sentences of 56 criminals convicted of gun charges contains blatant falsehoods and exposes a shocking ignorance of the dangerous felons he chose to release back onto the streets of America.

Following up on an MRCTV report that a quarter (56 of the 214) of the criminals freed by Obama this week had been convicted of gun charges, a USA Today reporter asked the president to reconcile his commutations in light of his White House memo opposing clemency for gun-charge convicts:

USA TODAY REPORTER: “Yesterday, you commuted the sentences of 214 federal inmates. It was the largest, single day grant of commutations in the history of the American presidencies. So I want to ask you a couple of questions about your clemency thought process:

“You’ve talked about this as low-level drug offenders who got mandatory sentences. About a quarter of the commutations you’ve granted also had firearms offenses. Given your overall philosophy on firearms, can you reconcile that for us? And given that previously in your presidency, you had sent a memo … against firearms clemency – why did you change your mind?”

Obama responded by concocting “hypotheticals” portraying the criminals he freed as naive “kids” who were victims of coincidence:

“On the firearms issue,what I’ve done is to try to screen out folkswho seemed to have a propensity for violence.

“And so, these are just hypotheticals, but there may be a situation where a kid at 18 was a member of a gang, had a firearm, did not use it in the offense that he was charged in, there’s no evidence that he used it in any violent offense; it’s still a firearms charge in enhancement, but he didn’t use it.

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