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Cover Story
Real Problem
Targeting the
Real Problem
As President Joe Biden blames law-abiding
gun owners for the actions of criminals,
Detroit tries a different approach.
By David Burnett
T
o fi nd out what can actually make our cities
safer, we decided to take a deep look at
Detroit. Now, Detroit is no shining city on a
hill-it actually took the top spot on the FBI'S violent-crime
roster in both 2018 and 2019. It is and
has been a troubled city for a lot of reasons. Still,
city leaders' recent response hasn't been to simply
blame American freedom for violence perpetrated
by criminals. To understand how they have
responded, we interviewed Detroit's now-former
police chief, James Craig.
Before hearing from Craig, however,
it's worth getting a little background.
As Craig has explained
before-much to the chagrin of
national mainstream-media outlets-there
are already thousands of
gun laws on the books and many of
them are not eff ectively enforced.
Even when criminals are caught,
many manage to plea-bargain down
their off enses or aren't prosecuted.
Even those convicted of violent
off enses often serve less than three
years behind bars.
Meanwhile, gun-control advocates
pretend that a so-called " universal "
background check law would
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somehow reduce violent crime.
Th ey say this even though criminals
already get around the National
Instant Criminal Background Check
System (NICS). Most guns recovered
from crime scenes were stolen
or illegally purchased. Also, every
year, over 10,000 people are referred
to the federal authorities for lying
on a background-check form to get
a gun-a felony. Yet every year, the
federal government only prosecutes
a tiny fraction of these people.
Th e consequences haven't been
trivial. Th e Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) calculated in 2018 that 10-21%
FREEDOM
of those who lie to pass background
checks may go on to commit
other gun crimes, while a 2008
Department of Justice (DOJ) survey
estimated the risk of someone committing
a crime after failing a background
check is 28% higher.
Shockingly, high-crime cities
like Chicago, Los Angeles and New
York have also ranked lowest when
it comes to prosecuting gun crimes.
Sometimes this is the result
of political priorities. Under the
Trump administration, for example,
federal prosecutions rose 43%,
according to a 2020 DOJ report;
there were similar increases under

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