– Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today
slammed the Justice Department’s misguided proposal for fighting the spike in
violent crime across the country as “ineffective, partisan gun control” that
will have “little to no effect on violent crime.”
this continued rise in violent crime, the DOJ has decided to follow the
President in focusing its time and taxpayer resources on policies that will not
work, including addressing the so-called ‘Iron Pipeline,’ ghost guns, and
lawful firearms dealers,” Grassley
his letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, the senator notes the marginal
impact of each of the DOJ’s three proposals on violent crime, despite the
potential consequences for and intimidation of “law-abiding businesses and
starts his letter by dismantling the false impression that increased crime in
certain “Democrat-controlled cities” is somehow the fault of other states.
Using data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), he
demonstrates that this focus on the so-called “Iron Pipeline” is merely a
“political effort to falsely suggest that conservative states with robust legal
access to firearms somehow cause crime” elsewhere.
senator further uses ATF data alongside information from the FBI to show that
“ghost guns” were used in less than 0.36% of homicides between 2016 and 2020.
He additionally establishes that, according to DOJ’s own statistics, only 7
percent of firearms used in a crime are acquired from legal firearms
dealers—whereas a majority of those used in a crime are stolen or purchased in
the black market.
a series of questions, Grassley seeks confirmation of the statistics he cites
from DOJ and its component agencies. Specifically, he seeks verification of the
department’s figures regarding the marginal use of either “ghost guns” or guns
acquired through legal dealers in murders. Finally, Grassley presses the
department on the relationship between de-policing efforts and progressive
prosecution policies and violent crime rates in the cities identified by the
text of Grassley’s letter to Garland can be found HERE