Ashcroft on Guns, 31 Jan CATO Daily Dispatch, looks interesting


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alan
January 31, 2003, 06:01 PM
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Ashcroft Praises Program on Guns
Attorney General John Ashcroft visited Philadelphia today to applaud a Justice Department program that began here and has dramatically increased federal prosecutions for gun-law violations, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

"Ashcroft credited Project Safe Neighborhoods with putting more criminals behind bars, noting that federal gun prosecutions had increased by 32 percent since the program's inception. Last year, federal prosecutors charged more than 10,000 people with gun violations, convicting almost 90 percent, he said."

Despite the program's apparent success in increasing the number of gun prosecutions, according to Cato Institute Senior Editor Gene Healy, the consequences of federal involvement in what should be a state and local matter could be counterproductive.

In "There Goes the Neighborhood: The Bush-Ashcroft Plan to 'Help' Localities Fight Gun Crime", Healy observes that "praise for Project Safe Neighborhoods comes from quarters as diverse as Handgun Control, Inc. and the National Rifle Association. Unfortunately, those disparate parties have united in support of a singularly bad idea. Project Safe Neighborhoods is an affront to the constitutional principle of federalism. The initiative flouts the 10th Amendment by relying on federal statutes that have no genuine constitutional basis. Moreover, the program will very likely lead to overenforcement of gun laws and open the door to prosecutorial mischief affecting the racial composition of juries. As the constitutional and policy implications of Project Safe Neighborhoods become more apparent, the Bush initiative looks less like a commonsense solution to crime and more like a political gimmick with pernicious unintended consequences. If the 'respect for federalism' he has repeatedly professed is sincere, President Bush must reconsider his support for Project Safe Neighborhoods."

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Boats
January 31, 2003, 06:09 PM
Project Safe Neighborhoods is an affront to the constitutional principle of federalism. The initiative flouts the 10th Amendment by relying on federal statutes that have no genuine constitutional basis.

And federal gun laws, that are and would be foisted on us relentlessly if we law-abiding gun owners were not all for kicking some felon tail into mando prison time, are an affront to both the Second AND Tenth Amendments by relying on federal statutes that have no genuine constitutional basis either! Where is that gripe?:banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

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