By Tom Knighton
A lot of our readers take issue with the term “gun crime.” I get why, too. They’re crimes. The fact that they take place by someone using a gun doesn’t change the crime. “Gun crime” is a term the media made up to scare the population into supporting gun laws.
However, it’s also a really useful term for differentiating between different kinds of crime committed with different kinds of weapons. “Gun crime” is simply a useful term that everyone tends to understand, even those who oppose gun control on every level and with every fiber of their being.
And, it looks like the Department of Justice is cracking down on “gun crimes.”
Federal data suggests 2018 could be the Department of Justice’s busiest year ever in more than a decade for weapons prosecutions.
Should authorities keep up at the current pace, total annual prosecutions will exceed more than 10,000 this year — a 22.5 percent increase over 2017 and up by nearly half over the last five years, according to the Transactional Records Clearing House.
Weapons prosecutions peaked at 11,000 in 2004 and dropped to less than 7,000 a decade later. Since 2014, however, TRAC data shows a gradual …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms