It finally took a terrorist attack in San Bernardino to finally shame Barack Obama’s Department of Justice to do it’s job and prosecute a straw purchaser. Unfortunately, we can expect them to drop this charge, as they almost always do.
A longtime friend of the male shooter in San Bernardino terror attack was named Wednesday in a federal grand jury indictment that charges him purchasing the assault rifles used in the killings, authorities said.
Enrique Marquez Jr., 24, of Riverside also was charged with conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to provide material support to terrorists. The five-count indictment also charges Marquez with marriage fraud and making a false statement on immigration paperwork in relation to a marriage with a member of Syed Farook’s family, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Marquez is being held in federal custody without bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 6 in U.S. District Court in Riverside.
“This indictment demonstrates that we will hold accountable all individuals who collaborate with terrorists in executing their plans,” said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Defendant Marquez’s extensive plotting with Syed Rizwan Farook in 2011 and 2012, and his purchase of explosive powder and two firearms, provided the foundation for the murders that occurred this month.”
Straw Purchasing has long been a federal felony worthy of a ten-year sentence and a $250,000 fine, and is typically the first crimes bargained away in plea bargains by federal prosecutors in a system that refuses to treat gun crime seriously.
How bad is Obama’s DOJ when it comes to prosecuting gun crime seriously?
- Violent criminal Curtessa Franklin was busted red-handed attempting to make several straw purchases in West Virginia while wanted on several warrants. She was let go by ATF within 14 hours.
- Jalita Johnson straw-purchased a handgun for her boyfriend, violent convicted felon Marcus Wheeler. Wheeler then used that gun to shoot Omaha, Nebraska Police Officer Kerrie Orozoco, hours before she was scheduled to start maternity leave. Johnson’s sentence, 40 hours of community service and 180 days of house arrest for her role in killing a cop.
- Dontray Mills straw-purchased 27 for known gang members, and faced 55 federal charges. He faced 550 years in prison and nearly $14 MILLION in fines. Obama’s DOJ gave him a plea deal that let him off with probation.
This is absurd… and sadly typically of an Obama Justice Department so obsessed with pursuing “racial justice” that it refuses to carry out its core mission of keeping the citizens of the United States safe from violent criminals.
Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association had it right…
…Obama’s DOJ refuses to prosecute violent criminals for gun crimes. Will Obama’s DOJ plead away Enrique Marquez Jr.’s two straw purchasing counts? Bet on it.
We don’t need any more gun laws in the United States. What we need is a President and a Department of Justice that will do their damn jobs.