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    AG Holder has viewed gun prosecutions as a local, not federal matter. Get bubba!

    At the time of Project Exile, Mr. Holder called the program a “cookie-cutter” approach to fighting crime, and said it was “fundamentally wrong” to earmark funds for enforcing federal gun laws. He also said the effort was largely made successful because Justice had sent additional Federal marshals, agents and prosecutors to the region.

    District court judges, also attacked the program, criticizing it as “a substantial federal incursion into a sovereign state’s area of authority and responsibility.”

    Kent Marcus, who was U.S. attorney general Janet Reno’s top aide on gun-violence at the time of Project Exile dismissed the program as an “assembly line” of prosecutions that bled resources from other law-enforcement priorities, such as organized crime and high-level drug trafficking.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...ns-as-a-local/

    “We have this irony. The Obama administration, which is asking for more in the way of gun regulations — in terms of increased background checks for private sales and at gun shows — is actually prosecuting less of the gun laws already on the books,” said Robert Cottrol, a gun control historian at George Washington University. “For a lot of people, there’s more ideological cache harassing Bubba at the gun show than getting a handle on gun crime.”
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    But Project Exile DID SOMETHING!! - it showed the locals that their leaders were taking this situation seriously by seeking to lock the bad criminals away for as long as possible.

    I wonder how Mr. Holder explains that gun prosecutions are a local matter when there are so many federal laws involved, and that most states did not dream up the various crimes and the feds merely copy them into the USC? IIRC things went perzackly the other way, with states copying federal laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    But Project Exile DID SOMETHING!! - it showed the locals that their leaders were taking this situation seriously by seeking to lock the bad criminals away for as long as possible.

    I wonder how Mr. Holder explains that gun prosecutions are a local matter when there are so many federal laws involved, and that most states did not dream up the various crimes and the feds merely copy them into the USC? IIRC things went perzackly the other way, with states copying federal laws.
    States had gun laws long before the existence of the Union. For example, for a while in the State of Virginia, it was a crime to leave your firearm at home while attending church.

    The principle difference between state and federal gun laws originate from their different marching orders. With respect to firearms, the Constitution only allows the feds to regulate interstate commerce, and the Tenth Amendment expressly states, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

    The problem with the fed is that they've wedged themselves into the issue through the commerce clause crack: "To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States..." When they do so, unfortunately, they turn a blind eye to our Second Amendment's complete and utter prohibition against any infringement on the right to keep and bear arms: "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

    Thus, it's up to We the People, through our State Legislators, Governors, and Courts, to put our foot down and say, "NO." Fortunately, that's precisely what some states are doing when they pass measures to arrest any federal agent who attempts to enforce any federal law which the state finds unconstitutional. It's their way of telling the feds, "Go back and read the rules, beginning with the Constitution. Follow them."
    The First protects the Second, and the Second protects the First. Together, they protect the rest of our Bill of Rights and our United States Constitution, and help We the People protect ourselves in the spirit of our Declaration of Independence.

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