Editors note: Daniel Horowitz is the senior editor at Conservative Review. His new book is "Stolen Sovereignty: How to Stop Unelected Judges from Transforming America."
(Conservative Review) -- On another quiet late August day, Obama announced the commutation of 111 additional sentences of those serving time in federal prison. This brings the total commutations during Obama’s presidency to 673, dwarfing the number of clemencies from all of the past six presidents combined. Undoubtedly, there are more to come at an accelerated pace as Obama heads towards the exits of the White House.
As we’ve seen throughout the year, while Obama touts these criminals as low-level drug offenders, almost everyone in the federal system is a hardcore drug trafficker in which violent crime is a way of life. Many of the sentences were originally plead down simply because it is always easier to nail a prosecution on drug charges, even when the individual was originally arrested for armed robbery or even murder. A quick search shows that at least 16 of these individuals were convicted of firearms charges, including using a firearm in the furtherance of drug trafficking. This, at a time when Obama is trying to clamp down on law-abiding gun owners.
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