Obama Announces 23 “Executive Actions” on Guns

BUT HAS HE STEPPED OVER THE LINE?

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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3 Responses to Obama Announces 23 “Executive Actions” on Guns

  1. Sidesaddle

    Friday, January 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Texas Proposal: JAIL Any Federal Officials Trying to Enforce New Gun Restrictions in the State

    measure would make any federal firearms legislation passed by Congress or approved by Presidential order unenforceable in Texas

    Jim Forsyth NewsRadio 1200 WOAI, San Antonio

    A Texas lawmaker says he plans to file the Firearms Protection Act, which would make any federal laws that may be passed by Congress or imposed by Presidential order which would ban or restrict ownership of semi-automatic firearms or limit the size of gun magazines illegal in the state, 1200 WOAI news reports.

    Republican Rep. Steve Toth says his measure also calls for felony criminal charges to be filed against any federal official who tries to enforce the rule in the state.

    “If a federal official comes into the state of Texas to enforce the federal executive order, that person is subject to criminal prosecution,” Toth told 1200 WOAI’s Joe Pags Tuesday. He says his bill would make attempting to enforce a federal gun ban in Texas punishable by a $50,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

    Toth says he will file his measure after speaking with the state’s Republican Attorney General, Greg Abbott, who has already vowed to fight any federal measures which call for restrictions on weapons possession.

    Toth concedes that he would welcome a legal fight over his proposals.

    “At some point there needs to be a showdown between the states and the federal government over the Supremacy Clause,” he said.

    The Supremacy Clause is the portion of the Constitution which declares that federal laws and statutes are ‘the supreme law of the land.’

    “It is our responsibility to push back when those laws are infringed by King Obama,” Toth said.

    Texas is the second state to propose a measure to shield the state from the impact of any gun possession restrictions imposed by Congress or by Presidential order. A similar measure was introduced in Wyoming last week.

    http://radio.woai.com/cc-common/mainheadlines3.html?feed=119078&article=10700507

  2. Loggia

    Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    23? hmmm

    One thinks of the so-called “23 Enigma”: William S Burroughs wrote “23 Skidoo,” while in the 1920s “23 Skidoo”
    meant “get it while the getting is good.”

    23? Coincidence?

    Maybe as much as

    “57 States”

    was when Obama blurted that….not a mistake,but a threat camouflaged as a “slip of the tongue.”

  3. meyerlm

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    There IS NO LINE!! NONE has been Drawn~535 TRAITOR “People’s Representatives??”, and the Majority of the Citizens in the “TROUGH of FREEBIES Trance!”, Obomaphones, Food Stamps, Welfare Checks and ANYTHING Else they can get for FREE, will Result in Socialism, Communism, Despotism and Serfdom, compliments of the USURPER and his “Gang “O” Thieves!”
    “VELCOMEN, KOMRADE to “‘DA United SOCIALIST STATES ov OBAMA!!”

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