Obama Legacy: Criminals and Guns

President Obama Addressed Criminal Justice Problems and Gun Culture

Though he was blocked at every turn by the Republicans in Congress and state governments, President Obama truly tried to fix the excesses in the criminal justice system and to at least attempt to make sensible gun laws that make everyone safer. And contrary to the negativity put forth by Lord Donny and Saint Bernie, he made a lot of great changes.

President Obama’s Justice Department made significant reductions in drug sentencing guidelines for current prisoners. http://n.pr/1mWBLkM

As a result of his overall efforts, President Obama oversaw the first drop in the federal prison population in 32 years. http://bit.ly/1B5h8rW

President Obama increased his use of clemency to release thousands of non-violent drug offenders from prison. http://nyti.ms/1KE8DJG

President Obama ordered a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons. http://bit.ly/20ObRzA

President Obama took executive action to promote smart gun technology, which would make them safer, by making them unusable by anyone but the owner, including children. http://1.usa.gov/1RhK1tU

After a failure by the Republican Congress to act, despite the fact that more than 90% of Americans supported action, President Obama proposed executive orders to create more background checks and to fully staff the background check system. http://cnn.it/1JXmUg6

President Obama relaxed HIPAA rules enough to allow for more information to be included in the background check system. http://on.wsj.com/SX9xaZ

President Obama ordered the tracing of guns as part of criminal investigations to provide data to researchers. http://on.wsj.com/SX9xaZ

President Obama ordered the Justice Department examine the categories of mental health problems that prohibit people from owning guns, to make sure people aren’t falling through the cracks and getting guns. http://onforb.es/1nUAGw3

President Obama expanded the definition of gun dealers and also expanded the information available and required in background checks for firearm purchases. http://bit.ly/1K5aXee

Given the Republicans’ complete inaction on guns, President Obama set up a task force charged with discovering what other measures can be taken to limit gun violence. http://1.usa.gov/1QjYMGJ

Produced 23 Executive actions designed to make it easier for law enforcement to identify those who shouldn’t have guns, thus helping them enforce the law. http://on.wsj.com/SX9xaZ

President Obama signed a bill to improve protections for correctional officers and their families. http://bit.ly/1SMCi4W

President Obama changed the playing field on criminal justice reform by commuting sentences of low-level criminals and signaling a more practical footing. http://1.usa.gov/1YclW7f

President Obama signaled the first major shift away from the failed “Drug War” in almost a half century by promising to commit more than $1 billion to combat addiction. http://2wsb.tv/1SMBQUv

Just before leaving office, President Obama signed the Emmitt Till Bill, which will reopen cold cases from the civil rights era. http://bit.ly/2jsVaum

President Obama set a record for the number of clemencies or pardons granted, in order to give non-violent offenders a second chance. http://bit.ly/2jcIBCy

President Obama set regulations severely limiting the availability of massive military weapons and equipment to reduce the likelihood of overkill.  http://n.pr/1NGkBjT