This week, new testimony from FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich revealed that 500,000 wanted fugitives could obtain guns. These criminals, most of them dangerous, can arm themselves because they aren’t in the National Instant Crime Background Check System. And it’s all thanks to DOJ officials in the Obama administration.
Amid the ongoing national gun control debate, a debate led by Democrats, it’s more than ironic that an Obama-era decision could put guns in the hands of wanted fugitives. And it all started with the Obama redefining the phrase “fugitive from justice.”
Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bowdich confirmed that Obama’s Justice Department ordered the FBI to drop the names of 500,000 wanted fugitives. Why? Because, apparently, a wanted fugitive does not warrant listing in the NICS unless they cross state lines.
“That was a decision that was made under the previous administration. It was the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel that reviewed the law and believed that it needed to be interpreted so that if someone was a fugitive in a state, there had to be indications that they had crossed state lines,” Bowdich told Senator Dianne Feinstein.
“Otherwise they were not known to be a fugitive under the law in the way it was interpreted.”
Bowdich’s testimony came as part of an investigation into the failed FBI and police response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. Records show that neither the Bureau nor the Broward County Sheriff’s Department followed tips that could’ve prevented the shooting.
In addition to the DOJ disclosure, Bowdich admitted that the FBI botched the tip on the shooter. “We made mistakes here. No question about that,” he told the committee. “That said, even had we done everything right I’m not sure we could have stopped this act, but it would have been nice to try.”
Unfortunately, this news just proves what Second Amendment supporters have always known. Guns and gun owners aren’t the problem and more gun laws are not the solution to keeping law-abiding citizens and children safer. Especially not when politicians define fugitives based on geography.
It’s hard, if not impossible to keep criminals from obtaining guns illegally. But keeping legal guns away from the bad guys only works if someone knows who the bad guys are. Then again, Obama always did appear confused about that which, when you think about it, really explains everything.