The ATF swooped into my hometown of St. Louis and over a four-month period, they arrested over 200 people, filed charges against 159 of them and seized 267 firearms, as reported by the stltoday.com. The Feds, working along with MY local constables set up fake storefronts where undercover law enforcement, among other things, got busy “arranging drug and illegal gun transactions and dangling armed robbery opportunities in front of convicted felons.” I lack the legal knowledge to know if this constitutes entrapment or not, but that’s the least controversial aspect of this. Further along on the story we learn . . .
Those arrested in the sting had collectively been arrested 2,300 times before
Of those charged, 78 percent were already convicted felons, officials said, who had amassed more than 500 previous convictions between them. A little quick math tells me that 124 of these miscreants had been convicted of a felony an average of four times each.
Read that again, ye mighty, and despair.
Further, among the 200, you have to have 2300 arrests to get 500 convictions? That’s 4.6 arrests per conviction. The mind boggles at the thundering ineffectiveness of our criminal justice system.
Remember this the next time some gun-grabber demands more gun laws. Gun laws are only worth the people enforcing them, and that’s not just cops, judges and prosecutors. It also means jurors. Running a few numbers on a “surge” in my beloved Gateway City tells me the problem is not a dearth of laws, nor not enough cops on the street. It’s the lack of locking up assholes and leaving them there so they are no longer a menace to society.