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S T A N D I N G

G U A R D

by Wayne L aPierre,
Executive Vice President

News Flash: Punishing Gun Crimes
Is Bad, Per The New York Times

T

he New York Times apparently does not understand what farmers and
ranchers know: If you want to protect your land, you have to remove the
coyotes. And most Americans understand that if you want to protect your
neighborhoods, you have to remove those people who prey upon the innocent.
That's just plain common sense-the kind nra members have been clamoring for,
the kind every law enforcement officer on the beat understands. We get it.
The New York Times does not.
The Times recently published an article that was critical of Attorney General
Jeff Sessions and Justice Department efforts to enforce existing federal gun laws to punish
firearm offenders as harshly and quickly as possible. The article noted a 15 percent
increase in all federal gun prosecutions in the first nine months of 2017, but then used
anonymous sources to argue that this aggressive approach to enforce existing law might
"be used to sap energy from further legislative or regulatory efforts to combat gun
violence, like regulating assault weapons or increasing background check requirements."
While J. Thomas Manger, president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, agreed
that "The bad guys have a real fear of federal prosecutions versus state prosecutions," he
also said, "We certainly are hoping for some additional legislative fixes by Congress."
The Times pushed its agenda further, to the point of an almost unimaginable
position, by including comments from Inimai Chettiar, director of the justice program
at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice. "Enforcement isn't always the
solution to those different types of [gun] crimes," Chettiar said. "The result might be to
increase the federal prison population without a correlating reduction in crime."
If you follow that logic, what's the point of even having federal gun laws?
Sessions put it best when he said, "It's not good if we've got gun laws that say
criminals can't carry guns and they never get enforced."
Sessions gets it. If you use the federal gun laws to get felons with guns off the streets,
if you enforce the law to remove the coyotes, our communities are safer.
For absolute evidence of that, all you have to do is go back to 1997. That year, a
federal prosecutor in Richmond, Va., launched a program to prosecute under federal
law every felon, drug dealer and violent criminal caught carrying an illegal firearm. The
program was named "Project Exile," because federal sentencing sent the bad guys out of
state to a federal prison for an extended period of mandatory time.
The nra was an early and ardent supporter of the program, and its results
were remarkable.
Within its first year:
327 people were indicted in Richmond for federal gun violations;
440 illegally possessed firearms were taken off the streets;
300 persons were arrested or held in state custody;
222 arrestees (more than 74 percent) were held without bond;
247 criminals were convicted; and 96 criminals were sentenced to an
average of 55 months of imprisonment.

30 percent. In 1999, homicides dropped
another 21 percent. By 2007, homicides
in Richmond were reduced by more
than half of what they were in the year
before the program was implemented.
Even as rank-and-file law
enforcement officials joined the nra
in efforts to expand the program, the
Clinton administration denigrated it.
Eric Holder, who served at the time as
President Bill Clinton's deputy attorney
general, called it a "cookie-cutter"
approach to fighting crime and
"Project Exile" was essentially watered
down and phased out.
Now, under the Trump administration,
Sessions is helping law enforcement
and federal prosecutors go after
repeat, violent felons who carry illegal

That makes no
sense, and NRA
members and
the majority of
Americans agree.
We are the
good guys.
guns, and they're getting them out of
American neighborhoods.
But that initiative doesn't fit the
anti-Second Amendment agenda of
The New York Times and the rest of the
media and political elites, so they're all
singing the same old "cookie-cutter" song
criticizing the Trump administration for
"low-level" prosecutions. These elitists
have shown their true intent. They don't
care about enforcing existing federal gun
laws. They just want more laws.
That makes no sense, and nra
members and the majority of Americans
agree. We are the good guys. Enforce the
laws against the violent bad guys, remove
the violent criminals with guns and gang
members with guns and drug dealers
with guns from our streets-and leave
our freedom alone!

During the first full year of "Project Exile" (1998), homicides in Richmond
declined 33 percent, to the lowest point since 1987, and armed robberies dropped
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