As the Obama administration attempts to politicize the tragedy in Oregon, by hinting at confiscating law-abiding citizens firearms, the Obama Justice Department is getting set to release 6,000 inmates from federal prisons – many of whom have been convicted of illegal gun crimes and violence.
About a third of the inmates that the Justice Department is about to release are illegal immigrants, the rest are drug offenders — some of those being released have been convicted of violent crimes, illegal gun trafficking, and drug running.
The Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons have been engaged in a yearlong process to release these prisoners, after former Attorney General Eric Holder instructed his prosecutors to change how they prosecuted drug offenders. The early release of these criminals is the largest one-time release of federal prisoners in U.S. history.
The convicted criminal will be released from federal prisons nationwide by the department’s Bureau of Prisons between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2. These policies could eventually result in 46,000 of the nation’s approximately 100,000 drug offenders in federal prison to qualifying for early release.
So for those keeping score: While the Obama administration is threatening to enact more executive actions to go after guns – executive orders that would make it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain self-defense firearms – the administration is releasing thousands of violent criminals back on to the streets of America.
According to the Associated Press:
Nearly 100 court cases also identified defendants who carried semi-automatic weapons, had past convictions for robbery and other crimes, moved cocaine shipments across states, and participated in international heroin smuggling.
To give you an idea of what some of these people look like, here are a few of the people being released early.
Tuan Evans: Sold pistols and cocaine to undercover officers.
Regis Payne: Arrested for selling PCP. Before his 2012 sentencing, prosecutors called him a “calamity waiting to happen,” undeterred by past convictions.
Roscoe Minns: Cleared for release in November, though prosecutors in 2012 highlighted prior assault and theft convictions in pursuing stiff punishment.
Willie Best: A convicted crack dealer who ran a drug-dealing organization, shot at someone he believed had stolen from him and, after fleeing as warrants were served, was found in a stolen car with an rifle and other guns.
These aren’t pot smoking hippies who got busted with a single joint. These are hardened criminals with histories of using guns during the commission of a crime, people who have had past convictions for robbery, and many with past violent crimes on their record.
Remember, this is the same administration that has been releasing tens of thousands of illegal immigrants that have been convicted of crimes back on to the streets of our cities each and every year. In fact, according to according to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, more than 36,000 were released from custody in 2013 alone. Between 2010 and 2014, 121 illegal aliens with criminal records who were released from ICE custody have since been charged with murder.
“The Obama administration claims that it is using ‘prosecutorial discretion’ to prioritize the removal of criminal aliens from this country. But this report shows the disturbing truth: 1,000 undocumented aliens previously convicted of crimes who the administration released in 2013 have gone on to commit further crimes in our communities,” Mr. Grassley said.
So on one hand the Obama Administration is hinting at enacting gun confiscation programs here in the U.S., while at the same time his administration is allowing violent criminals who have been convicted of gun crimes to be released back on to our streets. It seems criminals aren’t really who they are going after; it seems like it’s the law-abiding citizens that this administration really has a problem with.