Here’s a bit of context to what 2c quoted:
Obama made many other false statements during his talk. He asserted that “over the last 14 years [background checks] kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun.” But these were only “initial denials,” not people prevented from buying guns.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms dropped over 94 percent of those “initial denials” after just preliminary reviews. Virtually all the remaining cases were dropped after further investigation by ATF field offices or the Department of Justice. Few of these “initial denials,” 62 people or about 0.1 percent, involved strong enough evidence to be consideration for prosecution. Just 13 pleaded guilty or were convicted.
The 1.5M number Pres. Obama used was real, he just misrepresented (knowingly or unknowingly) its meaning. Of those 1.5M, all but about some 90K got the gun they were purchasing almost undelayed. Of those 90K, just 62 were prosecuted, with 13 guilty pleas or convictions. So, pick your PC poison. Of Obama’s touted 1.5M, 6% may have been justifiably denied … or maybe .05% were justifiably denied … or maybe .01% were justifiably denied. No matter which number you find to your liking, that’s a lot of innocent John Smiths and Jane Joneses snared by government misidentification! It also means: 1.) the government is spending a huge amount of $$ to keep a very few felons from buying guns; 2.) the vast majority of criminals are getting their guns other than through gun stores.