MILLER: Ted Cruz targeted by Politifact over gun crime facts cited to Jay Leno

As I wrote in my book, “Emily Gets Her Gun,” of all the cases investigated by ATF field offices in 2010, only 62 charges were referred to prosecutors. Then only 13 charges led to guilty pleas. So from the original denied background checks at the licensed dealer, only two out of every 10,000 ended in getting a criminal off the street. 

Mr. Cruz is absolutely correct that prosecutions for gun crimes has not been a priority for this White House, which is proven in the statistics.

Mr. Obama has focused his second term on things like the “assault weapons ban” and “universal background checks” — neither of which has ever been proven to reduce violence, which is all that matters. 

We rate Mr. Cruz’s claim as true. 

Emily Miller is senior editor of opinion for The Washington Times andauthor of “Emily Gets Her Gun” (Regnery, 2013).


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