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Sessions Seeks Justice for Victims,
Consequences for Criminals

I
By Wayne LaPierre

Executive Vice President

IF STRICTLY
CARRIED OUT
BY THE U.S.
ATTORNEYS,
SESSIONS'
AGENDA WILL
HAVE THE
CLEAR EFFECT
OF BRINGING
PEACE TO SOME
OF AMERICA'S
MEANEST
STREETS.

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n ordering the nation's federal prosecutors to enforce tough existing laws to
swiftly remove armed violent criminal
predators from society, U.S. Attorney
General Jeff Sessions has ended the shameful eight-year legacy of the Barack Obama
administration that was marked by its
refusal to even recognize laws that could
have saved countless lives.
Sessions summed up the new mission
of federal prosecutors: "Our motto is
going to be justice for victims and consequences for criminals."
As the nation's chief law enforcement
officer, Sessions issued new priorities for all
federal prosecutors declaring, "It is the policy
of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to reduce
crime in America."
With that simple redirection Sessions
instructed the 94 U.S. Attorneys offices to
partner with state and local law enforcement
in order "to specifically identify the criminals
responsible for significant violent crime in their
districts. Once identified, the U.S. Attorneys
offices must ensure that these drivers of
violent crime are prosecuted, using the many
tools at a prosecutor's disposal."
Amen to that!
Specifically, the attorney general has
ordered federal prosecution of violent criminals using what he called "substantial tools
at their disposal," and headed his list with
federal firearms laws-laws that the NRA has
long demanded be enforced to put bad guys
behind bars.
Fox News, in a piece headlined "Sessions
ends Obama-era leniency on sentencing,"
observed: "The move, which will send more
criminals to jail and for longer terms by
triggering mandatory minimum sentences,
explicitly reverses policies set in motion by
President Obama's former Attorney General
Eric Holder."
Sessions' bold policy mirrors the 1990's
highly successful Project Exile in Richmond,
Va.-an NRA-supported accelerated enforcement effort that was so successful that criminals disarmed themselves rather than face
sure federal prosecution.
If strictly carried out by the U.S. attorneys, Sessions' agenda will have the
clear effect of bringing peace to some of
America's meanest streets.
And there are no meaner streets than
in Chicago, a city run by a corrupt political
machine that has disarmed its citizens and
never demanded application of the sure
and swift federal prosecution for armed
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thugs who laugh at that city's catch-andrelease justice system.
As every NRA member knows, under
existing federal statutes, it is a federal felony
punishable by a five-year mandatory prison
sentence for convicted felons, drug dealers
and gang members to possess any firearm.
There is no aspect of criminals and firearms
that is not covered by federal law. But
Chicago opted out of prosecutions.
During the lawless Obama era, the city
of Chicago consistently ranked at the bottom of federal court jurisdictions for gunrelated prosecutions.
That will change.
The carnage in Chicago has become
routine. The statistics are horrifying, but the
stories of human suffering are truly tragic
because many deaths and maimings by armed
criminals could have been prevented by swift
and certain application of federal law.
Virtually every news item covering the
endless Chicago murders and shootings
described those arrested as having long
criminals histories including offenses involving firearms-all of which are covered by
strict federal mandatory penalties, but most
are never even investigated.
In his effort to liberate Chicago citizens
from the daily terror of violence, Sessions
established a Crime Gun Strike Force,
"focused on the most violent offenders, in
the areas of the city with the highest concentration of firearm violence."
The attorney general said, "Last year, more
than 4,300 Chicagoans were shot, and more
than 700 were killed-the deadliest year in
two decades. ... The [Donald] Trump administration will not let the bloodshed go on; we
cannot accept these levels of violence."
Sessions elaborated during a Fox News
interview: "We've directed our U.S. Attorneys
to prosecute these gun cases aggressively."
The national media that favor gun bans
are choking on all of this.
CNN-following in its consistent pattern
of "fake news"-headlined its story on the
Trump/Sessions effort, "Chicago PD, ATF
team up to stop spread of illegal guns." This
has nothing to do with the "spread of illegal
guns." That's Obama-speak.
In another piece, CNN whined, "The
Trump administration has been criticized for
calling Chicago a 'war zone' and 'totally out
of control' despite not laying out a long-term
vision for America's cities."
Can you believe that? The long-term vision
is simple: Put armed violent criminals in prison.

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