Our Rights Are In Obama’s Sites

First, allow me to apologize, readers, for my recent absence.  Even though I got the flu shot at the end of September of last year, I still came down with the flu, albeit a milder form of influenza.  I’ve had had the flu before and this was nothing like the bone-rattling chills I’ve had in the past, the aching muscles, or the mind-boggling headaches.  The fatigue was still there, and the constantly running nose.  Hate to think what it would have been like if I hadn’t gotten the shot.

During this time, Obama passed no less than 23 Executive Orders regulating the ownership of guns.  They are listed on Michelle Malkin’s website:  23 Executive Actions

  1. Issue a Presidential memorandum requiring federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.  Which federal agencies?  What data?
  2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act,  that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.  So much for patient privacy and the Hyppocratic Oath.  The danger here is not that the doctors or states will withhold information, but the patients will.
  3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.  If the background system is so great, why would the states need incentives to share the information? 
  4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.  Criminals and the mentally ill are the first people, already covered, on the list.  Criminals get their guns illegally.  The mentally ill will probably steal or improvise what they need.  So who are the “dangerous people” the government doesn’t want slipping through the cracks?  Gun advocates object to this particular piece of fiat, claiming that having a mentally unstable person in their household shouldn’t prevent them from having a gun.  This is an argument defenders of the Constitution and gun advocates will have trouble making to the general public in light of the Newtown shooting; Adam Lanza was crazy, but it was his mother who owned the guns and taught him to shoot them. 
  5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.  This rule begs the question:  Why was the gun seized in the first place?  If the individual is innocent of a crime, what else would the government being doing but trying to find an excuse not to return the gun?  If the individual is guilty of a crime unrelated to the ownership of a gun, if they’re in jail they’re not going to need it, but the government still shouldn’t have the right to seize it.  As for returning guns to convicted criminals, can you say “Fast and Furious?” 
  6. Publish a letter from the ATF to federally-licensed gun dealers providing “guidance” on how to run background checks for private sellers.  This is gun dealers being forced to do the ATF’s dirty work on privately-owned guns purchased before licensing laws were in effect. 
  7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.  Is he kidding? 
  8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes. (Consumer Product Safety Commission).  Yes, let’s make it even harder for legal owners of guns to use their weapons in self-defense.  Guns (at least in my state) already must be kept in a locked case, with the ammunition in some other location.  How much safer can you get?  The gun safe sure did the gun owner who was robbed when the idiot posted a map of all gun-owners in the New York City area a lot of good, didn’t it? 
  9. Issue a Presidential memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.  Does this mean that if you sold a gun and whoever bought it in the future committed a crime with it, or even just committed a crime while owning it, the former owner can be held liable for damages?  In the future, criminals will be issued ballots, but not bullets. 
  10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.  No need to make the DOJ go to all that time and trouble; just get hold of the guy who made the gun owners’ map. 
  11. Nominate an ATF director.  Clint Eastwood. 
  12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.  Law enforcement doesn’t know how to deal with an active shooter?  Just ask any big corporation or the U.S. Postal Service; they’ve had active shooter plans in place for years now.  
  13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.  The way we’ve maximized enforcement efforts to prevent drug violence and prosecute drug crimes?  “Gun violence” and “gun crimes” have been with us for a long time.  Obama basically wants to make it an act of crime to own a gun.  Period. 
  14. Issue a Presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.  In other words, declare the Founding Fathers insane. 
  15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.  The guns themselves, inasmuch as they are guns, operate “safely” for the most part.  From a technological standpoint, the only thing the private sector could do to make guns “safer”, from Obama’s standpoint, is to make them more difficult to operate. 
  16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors from asking patients about guns in their homes.  That doesn’t mean the patients must or will answer. 
  17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.  This merely broadens the scope of what can be considered a threat of violence, such as, “I wanted to kill my kids this morning when they wouldn’t get up for school” or “I really hate people who cut me off in traffic.” 
  18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.  That is, to hire more “unionized” school resource officers. 
  19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship, and institutions of higher education.  The U.S. Postal Service already has one, which has been followed by corporations everywhere for decades. 
  20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.  Make sure no one on Medicaid legally owns a gun. 
  21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.  Redistributing the wealth would not have prevented Sandy Hook. 
  22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.  Or the shooting in Aurora, Colo.  Or the shooting at the University of Texas in 1966, the first modern-day massacre. 
  23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.  Let the lunatics run the asylum.

 Remember when you didn’t have to wear seatbelts?  You do now.  Frankly, having witnessed two accidents in which the driver’s – and sole occupants – were not wearing seatbelts, I highly recommend wearing the devices.  The first driver’s head went through the windshield.  Initially, he survived, but wound up suffering mental and emotional injuries until his death about 15 years later.  The second driver’s head went through the passenger window – I watched as he was bounced all around his vehicle.  I never learned what his ultimate fate was.

If Obama were sincerely interested in our safety, the banning of these “assault weapons” might be understandable.  But these directives, the potential legislation or regulations, have no hope of preventing gun-related crimes.  The weapon most often used in crimes is the baseball bat.  Does Obama recommend limiting the number of baseballs issued to Little Leaguers (the government, is, in fact, about to ban the metal bat, which is responsible for some Little League deaths)?

Far from being concerned about the number of mental cases bandying automatic weapons, they are a nightmare come true for Progressives looking to limit even more American freedom.  These mentally ill criminals create the necessary crises for Progress to expand government powers.  They were set free decades ago to carry out this insane mission and so, in time, make America safe for Communism.

A people that cannot defend themselves against tyranny are not free.  One politician – it may have been New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo – harped about defying duly-elected politicians and their bureaucrats.  When we have criminals and illegal aliens voting in American elections, we are a truly corrupt society.  Disarming legal citizens will only make the corruption complete.

 

 

 

 

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