Obama Announces 23 “Executive Actions” on Guns

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by Sharon Rondeau

What is Obama’s real goal in announcing 23 new executive “actions” in an apparent effort to prevent further gun-related deaths?

(Jan. 16, 2013) — At approximately 11:45 a.m. EST, putative Vice President Joe Biden addressed an audience comprising parents of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, supporters, gun control advocates, and four children who had reportedly written to Obama and asked him to take action on gun-related deaths.

Biden spoke about the Sandy Hook atrocity for several minutes, stating that “I have no illusions about we’re up against — what we’re up against, or how hard the task is in front of us. But I also have never seen the nation’s conscience so shaken by what happened at Sandy Hook….The world has changed, and it’s demanding action.”  He remembered the 20 children and six staff members who were lost that day.

After several minutes, Biden introduced Obama, who spoke for approximately 25 minutes on new gun control measures that he would like to see enacted.  His speech mentioned very little about the problem mentally ill people who acquire firearms.  The Sandy Hook shooter was reportedly mentally disturbed and did not obtain the weapon he used legally.  A report in the UK Daily Mail stated that his mother, who was his caretaker, left him alone for the three days just prior to the shooting on December 14 which claimed a total of 28 lives, including hers.

Obama advocated for a ban on assault weapons and “high-capacity” magazine clips.  He acknowledged four children whose letters he read, in part, calling for a “safe” and “happy” world.  “We can’t put this off any longer,” Obama declared.  While Obama acknowledged the Second Amendment, which gives Americans the right to bear arms in self-defense, he advocates tightening firearms purchasing restrictions and additional congressional acts to curb gun violence.

His 23 “executive actions” include the “Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.”  Putative Attorney General Eric Holder, who heads the Department of Justice, has been held in contempt of Congress both civilly and criminally for withholding documentation from Congress on the failed Fast & Furious gun-tracking operation which killed at least one American and several hundred Mexicans.

Several DOJ employees, including Holder’s assistant, resigned after the Inspector General issued a report strongly censuring Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which reports to Justice, for its “disregard for public safety.”

Today Obama nominated a new ATF director, B. Todd Jones, a position which has been vacant for six years.  Jones has been acting director since September 2011.

At least one county sheriff in Oregon has said that he would not enforce any “unconstitutional gun control laws.”  An open letter to America’s sheriffs published earlier today asks all sheriffs to do the same.  The state of Connecticut does not have county sheriffs because of a corruption scandal exposed in 2000, after which the office was eliminated by the legislature.

The National Rifle Association termed Obama “a hypocrite” because he has not embraced the idea of armed guards in public schools while his daughters attend the exclusive Sidwell Friends School, which is guarded by 11 armed security personnel.  Many school systems have adopted the practice since Sandy Hook, including the school now attended in nearby Monroe, CT by the survivors of the shooting.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who wants an assault weapons ban put in place, reportedly has a conceal-carry permit but does not favor states recognizing such permits from other states.  It is unclear that another assault weapons prohibition would lower the rate of violent crimes committed with firearms.

A Texas congressman has pledged to begin drawing up Articles of Impeachment if Obama attempts to change existing federal gun laws by executive order.

After finishing his speech, Obama gave each of the children a “high-five” and a hug.



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