The ATF, perhaps unfairly, began to receive criticism after the increase that some of their efforts were duplicative, and officials had to re-prioritize, Mr. Chipman said. “You can’t just prosecute 20,000 cases in one year — there just isn’t that infrastructure,” he said. “Any kind of looking at the numbers and drawing some sort of conclusion that people are doing more or less — you’ve got to get beyond that. Because you could be comparing apples and oranges.” Gun prosecutions require both cases to be developed by investigators, and charges to be filed by prosecutors. The TRAC study’s numbers said prosecutors turned down 38 percent of referrals in 2002, while last year they declined 32 percent of referrals. That puts much of the focus on ATF, the lead agency for developing the cases. Mr. Hudak said one factor in recent decline could be the fact that ATF has been without a permanent director for six years. In January, Mr. Obama nominated acting agency director B. Todd Jones to become its permanent head, but Mr. Jones is still awaiting Senate confirmation. Read more: Drop-off in gun prosecutions began before Obama - Washington Times Follow us: [MENTION=39892]Was[/MENTION]htimes on Twitter Now this was 2 years ago... 12 Jan 2011 At a time when some members of Congress are advocating new gun laws and raising questions about the eligibility of the Tucson shooting suspect to buy a gun, it's worth noting that the agency responsible for enforcing federal gun laws has been without a director for more than four years. Others said even if they could get confirmed, they thought being ATF director would be a career-killer, given that the agency's powers are constantly in danger of being reduced in the face of aggressive lobbying by the National Rifle Association, administration officials say. Obama nominates ATF director; bureau without one for four years - First Read Folks explain why Obama has such a problem appointing a ATF director AFTER 6 YEARS!!! OH yea it is the NRA/GOP fault! RIGHT... I thought Obama was the UNIFIER!! The Messiah! Why Evan Thomas Editor of NewsWeek once said: Well, our job is to bash the president, that's what we do." -- Evan Thomas responding to a question on whether the media's unfair to _______ on the TV talk show Inside Washington, Newsweek's Evan Thomas: 'Our Job Is To Bash the President' | NewsBusters Now which president was Evan Thomas talking about when he said.. I mean in a way -------’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God." Evan Thomas on Hardball, http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2009/06/05/newsweek-s-evan-thomas--------sort-god How come be a "God" is there a problem for Obama just getting an ATF Director so prosecutions of EXISTING LAWS can improve?