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By Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President

Donald Trump's Victory: A Must for Our Nation

W

ith the huge 2016 spike in urban
armed violence, Donald Trump
has pledged to use the NRAsupported crime-fighting tools enacted
in the Firearms Owners' Protection Act of
1986 to vigorously enforce laws against
armed violent criminals and surgically
prosecute the worst, most-dangerous
offenders, taking them off the streets-
many for a long prison term.
Trump's resolve to enforce federal law
against criminal possession and use of
firearms will be welcome news, especially for residents of a city like Chicago,
which is suffering violence at levels not
seen in 20 years.
Republican presidential candidate
Trump's call to action throws the light
of truth on President Barack Obama's
refusal to enforce existing federal law.
And it throws a similar light on Democrat
Hillary Clinton's refusal to even recognize
existing federal statutes.
Current laws already call for tough federal penalties for a criminal who acquires,
transports, transfers or even possesses a
firearm; he doesn't even have to use it in a
crime. If he does, the penalty is compounded. And if murder or narcotics comes into
play, the penalty can be up to life in a
federal prison. Congress cannot make what
criminals do with guns any more illegal.
Chicago is a case study in the Obama
Justice Department's criminal malfeasance in refusing to use federal gun laws
against violent armed predators. Chicago
has been rated 90th out of 90 judicial districts in terms of federal prosecutions for
such crimes as felon in possession, which
provides a five-year, no-parole penalty.
With starkly few federal prosecutions that could take hundreds of
the Windy City's most violent armed
criminal predators off the streets, the
good citizens of that city are victims of
a kind of federally sanctioned anarchy.
August 2016 saw the city's shooting and

murder rate eclipse the highest on record
since 1996. Neither the White House, nor
Hillary, nor the elite media, seem to care.
But with the senseless murder in late
August of a young cousin of NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, a Chicago Bulls guard,
the spotlight was instantly on Chicago's
unchecked armed criminal violence.
Nykea Aldridge, a 32-year-old mother
of four, was killed with two stray bullets
fired by a 22-year-old confessed shooter
named Derren Sorrells. Sorrells and
his brother, Darwin Sorrells-both on
parole-were charged with first-degree
murder and attempted murder. According to the police, the Sorrells' intended
victim was an Uber driver whose mistake
was to make eye contact with the brothers.
When she was murdered, Aldridge
was pushing a baby stroller returning
from registering her kids for school. A devoted mother senselessly gunned down.
An Aug. 28, 2016, abc7chicago.com
story headlined "Man confessed in
shooting of Dwyane Wade's cousin,
prosecutors say," proclaims, "Police said
both brothers are on parole for previous
gun charges, and had served only a fraction of the time they'd been sentenced to."
(Emphasis added.)
During a press conference about the
murder, Chicago Police Superintendent
Eddie Johnson said, "These two guys
are perfect examples of what I've been
talking about. Both of 'em on parole for
gun offenses."
One source said one of the brothers
had been arrested five times for felony
gun possession.
Think about that for a minute. Had
prosecution of federal law against these
convicted felons and gang members
happened at any time in their violent
careers, they would have been put
behind federal bars with mandatory
sentences. Perhaps for a very long time.
No early out.

For Nykea Aldridge, that would have
meant that Aug. 28, 2016, would have
been a normal day, and she would have
pushed her stroller home, fixed dinner and put her babies to bed. Her kids
would still have a mother.
Johnson at his press conference made
an admission about the city's armed violent criminals, "Clearly, they don't think
we're serious. Clearly, they don't think
there's a consequence to their actions.
And to be quite honest, we're showing
them that there's not. If we're not going
to keep you in jail because you choose to
use a gun-then what are we doing?"
The answer to that question is obvious. Not the right thing.
But it gets stranger. Johnson, when
asked about remarks made by Trump,
replied, "If you have a magic bullet to
stop the violence, not only in Chicago
but anywhere in the country, please
share it with us."
Trump has shared it! Enforce existing federal law! It is the same message
NRA has been saying for years. I have
demanded it. Chris Cox has demanded it.
You have demanded it.
Again, there is nothing that criminals
do with guns that is not already covered
by tough federal felony provisions. And
among all those laws, the most straightforward is possession of a firearm by a
felon, which provides a five-year, noparole sentence. Period.
Chicago's top cop has said that 1,400
habitual violent felons commit 85 percent
of the armed criminal violence that is terrorizing the good citizens of his city. The
media has called it a "hot list," and the
ACLU has warned it is profiling. Calling
a violent criminal a criminal is profiling?
Lord help the people of Chicago.
So why haven't these 1,400-many
the most dangerous of the most dangerous-been the subject of intensive
federal investigation and prosecution?

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