Yesterday, Barack Obama’s announcements on his gun control measures amounted to a declaration of war against law abiding American citizens who value the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Surrounded by several children, Obama announced that he was asking Congress to curb gun violence. Part of his plan involved the closing of all loopholes in background checks to make them universal. And to no one’s surprise, he wants a complete ban on military assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.
In his diatribe against guns, Obama said:
“This is our first task as a society—keeping our children safe. This is how we will be judged. And their voices should compel us to change. I will put everything I’ve got into this…but the only way we can change is if the American people demand it.”
“To make a real and lasting difference, Congress must act, and Congress must act soon.”
The then vowed to take whatever action his office can take to insure that his gun control measures are put into place. He has also promised $500 million (which we don’t have) to make it all happen.
After making his plea to disarm America, Obama also made it known that he has signed 23 executive orders involving gun control measures. Included in the executive orders are measures to require that the federal government conduct a trace on every gun recovered in a criminal investigation. Another order will provide incentives for schools to hire health counselors and police officers. I haven’t figured out how more health counselors are going to prevent more gun violence, but that’s part of Obama’s plan. The executive orders are:
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
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.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
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.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
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.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
When you boil it all down, this is the first major step Obama is taking in his plans to disarm America. He has already publicly stated that he didn’t believe that anyone other than police and military should be in possession of a firearm. Now is has launched his campaign to make it so. Whether he knows it or not, many Americans see this as an overt declaration of war on the Second Amendment rights of American citizens, and that war is mostly likely going to be bloody and cost the lives of countless citizens as well as law enforcement and military personnel.
When someone comes knocking on your door demanding your weapons, what are you going to do? Will you give in and quake in fear or will you stand up and fight for your rights? I know my choice, what’s yours?