Sentencing Commission Report on Guns Should Be Required Reading for Congress

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A report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission on criminals and guns is an eye-opener. (iStock-1055138108)

U.S.A.-( The shooting and subsequent arrest of a woman who opened fire at Love Field in Dallas, Texas, underscores a critical revelation found in a 40-page report from the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC) titled “What Do Federal Firearms Offenses Really Look Like?”

The suspect, identified as Portia Odufuwa, 37, has what Fox News calls “a lengthy criminal record.”

Found prominently on Page 2 of the USSC report is this notation: “Most offenders sentenced under (the federal sentencing guideline for gun offenses) were prohibited from possessing a firearm, usually because of a prior felony conviction.”

On the same page, one finds this additional observation: “Firearms offenders sentenced under (the guidelines) have criminal histories that are more extensive and more serious than other offenders.” There is an added note, explaining that “Firearms offenders were more than twice as likely to have a prior conviction for a violent offense compared to all other offenders (60.6% compared to 29.0%).”

The USSC report includes a considerable amount of information, none of it very helpful to the gun prohibition lobby because it reflects essentially what Second Amendment advocates have been saying for years: Criminals do not obey gun laws.

For those who pay attention to statistics, the report notes, “The vast majority of firearms offenders (88.8%) sentenced under (the guidelines) were prohibited from possessing a firearm.”

There are several specific areas with noticeably higher-than-average firearms violation cases, the report revealed. They are the Eastern District of Missouri (453 cases), Northern District of Texas (268 cases), Western District of Texas (267 cases), Northern District of Ohio (220 cases), and Eastern District of North Carolina (216 cases).

Additionally, here are two more bullet points from the report worth remembering:

  • Nearly one-quarter (23.6%) of the offenders prohibited from possessing a firearm committed an offense involving a prohibited weapon (such as a sawed-off shotgun or machine gun).
  • Approximately one-third (32.4%) of the offenders prohibited from possessing a firearm committed an offense involving a stolen firearm or firearm with an altered or obliterated serial number.

As noted by Jim Shepherd, editor at The Outdoor Wire, “This number is frequently used to swell the numbers of ‘ghost guns’ used in crimes by legislators pushing for more regulations. It’s also used to make the case for prohibiting printed or owner-completed kits. They deliberately fail to discriminate between them because it doesn’t make a case against ‘ghost guns’ if you realize the majority of those ‘crime guns’ were altered, not assembled.”

It is a compelling argument for why journalists should challenge some of the data from gun control proponents, politicians and police agencies. However, the establishment media seems to ignore this story angle, perhaps because it does not fit the gun control narrative.

Another development that appears to have Democrats in fits is the rejection of advertising from Democrat campaign organizations by the Disney-supported Hulu platform, because it discusses gun control and abortion, according to The Verge. Hot-button issues for Democrats are apparently red flag issues for Hulu, a situation that appears to have infuriated campaign operatives. As reported by The Verge, “In a joint statement on Hulu’s rejection on Monday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Democratic Governors Association said, “Hulu’s censorship of the truth is outrageous, offensive, and another step down a dangerous path for our country.”

When it comes to truth, the USSC report just provided a fair amount of that relating to criminals and guns, but so far, Democrats appear oblivious. From Albany, New York to Sacramento, California, anti-gun Democrats continue to push for restrictions on law-abiding citizens, even in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on right-to-carry.

With the important midterm elections coming in just over 3 ½ months, reaching voters is a big concern, especially for Democrats, as a new poll from Rasmussen shows “55% of voters believe Republicans are most likely to win a congressional majority in the November midterm elections, compared to 32% who think Democrats are most likely to win. Another 12% are not sure.”

Pair that with Rasmussen’s Daily Presidential Tracking Poll showing Joe Biden’s popularity remains in the basement, with 41 percent of likely voters approving of his job performance and 57 percent disapproving. This includes only 19 percent who “strongly approve” and a whopping 46 percent who “strongly disapprove,” a better than two-to-one margin.

Biden’s anti-gun agenda suggests his administration would pay no attention to the USSC report about guns and criminals.

About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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“…..Criminals do not obey gun laws.”
Politicians with gun laws never stop bad guys with guns.
They only control the good guys, which is their true agenda.


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None of it matters. We need to pummel them with SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. If someone is so dangerous that they can never own another firearm then they should be kept in prison for life or on parole/probation for life. Let those who commit the crime pay the price.


Congress critters don’t care. They aren’t banning guns or passing gun control to reduce crime, but to disarm the people most likely to resist the laws the authoritarian Left intends to pass next, and to remove them from power.


Damn I wish they would hurry, before I need a Hoveround. LOL



Congress critters are political animals. Everything they do is geared toward either collecting votes for the next election, or gathering cash for the next election. Unless they’ve given up on getting re-elected, then it becomes “payback is a bitch” or “swing for the fences” time.

This is not a new phenomenon. Remember “Summertime Blues” by Eddie Cochran (1959)?

“Well I called my congressman and he said “Whoa!”
“I’d like to help you son but you’re too young to vote”


Congress critter scum like Liz Cheney Wyoming ? Wyomings only member of Congress really gave us a national treasure with that sorry bitch,didn’t they ?


Too many people believed in the Bush/Cheney statist agenda.

Liz pandered relentlessly to the military and the average voter doesn’t think too much.

Thankfully, she will lose in the primary next month.


I hope Wyoming turns it around and elects a republican this time that is not a RINO. cheney and romney should both be thrown out.


Music,I agree with you. I never realized a state like Wyoming with a total population less than some small towns in TEXAS could have a person like Cheney in DC wreaking so much hell on the country. I think they will get it right this time. There’s a very long list of RINOS in DC and elsewhere that need to go the way of the dodo.


You mean like you did with Cornyn?


I’m sorry, but it seems these politicians should read and understand the Constitution, since by their actions reflect a total disregard for it.


How can anyone expect them to understand the Constitution when they can’t differentiate between a “Bump Stock” and a “Pistol Brace.”

Wild Bill

And can not define “woman”. And think that a man can get pregnant.


Or that a 22 is not as dangerous as a 9mm that will destroy your lung. LOL, that statement had idiot written all over it.


Yup. As part of the pwperwork to throw in your hat and run for public office, ALL candidates should be required to take a test on the Constitution,to include details about how government works under that document. Things like WHO makes law, WHO enforces it. Things like separation fpowers. Limits upon each branch of government, you know, silly things like that.