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LaPierre to Blumenthal: I’ll Bet You Gun Prosecutions Don’t Rise Under Obama

During today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on guns, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre challenged Connecticut senator Richard Blumenthal to a bet intended to highlight the lack of federal enforcement of current gun laws. “You know what the problem, senator, is that I’ve been up here on this Hill for 20-some years agreeing to [more criminal gun prosecutions] and nobody does it,” LaPierre said. “I will make you this bet right now: When President Obama leaves office four years from now, his prosecutions will not be much different than they are now.”

Since President Obama took office, federal gun prosecutions have decreased by about 45 percent from the previous administration, going from about 11,000 weapons cases to 6,000.

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