Obama’s 23 Executive Gun Control Actions

Zero Hedge

Tyler Durden on 01/16/2013

The following is a list, provided by the White House, of executive actions President Obama plans to take to address gun violence.

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.




Obama Signs 23 Executive Orders On Guns

January 17th, 2013

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(ConsActionAlerts) – Conservative American, Yesterday, we warned that Obama was planning on signing nineteen executive orders today. It happened, several orders were signed this morning. The thing is, we didn’t get nineteen orders as reports held — we got twenty-three!

And they aren’t yet even available for review. They are no-where on the White House website, and a representative from the White House told Conservative Action Alerts today that they should be available “in a few days.”

This is Obama’s transparency.

Congress must act to counter every single one of these orders! They have the power to do it, and they must take action.

Take Action and DEMAND CONGRESS to OPPOSE any and all attempts to DISARM AMERICANS through federal gun-control! Congress must FIGHT any piece of legislation or executive order that would dismantle the Second Amendment! Blast Faxes Now!

The White House’s “rationale” for expansive executive action is simply because it is easier to accomplish – there is less “political difficulty” because Congress is bypassed altogether.

Among other things, the executive actions could give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention power to conduct studies and national research on guns; they may also establish stricter federal and state gun databases (in other words, establish mandate a gun-registry).

Not surprisingly, gun-grabbing politicians pushed Obama hard to take as much action on gun-control as he can. Today they succeeded.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) told Vice President Biden “to do as much by executive order as possible.” Further, the chairman of the House Democrats’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), said that an executive ban on magazine and the establishment of across-the-board background checks would be as efficient as an outright assault weapons ban – and, again, such would not require Congress.

Not only will the enforcement of the twenty-three freshly-signed presidential orders be expensive to carry-out – like most everything Obama is involved in – but they will deprive Americans of their Constitutional liberty to “keep and bear arms.”

According to former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III, any executive action opposed to the Constitution is grounds for impeachment. Meese says, “It would not be legal. It would not be constitutional. And, indeed, if [Obama] tried to override the Second Amendment in any way, I believe it would be an impeachable offense.”

Obama must not be left unchallenged on this: the right “to keep and bear arms” is a natural right codified in our Supreme Law. Neither Obama nor anyone in the federal government has any legitimate authority to destroy it!

Congress must reject any and all forms of federal gun-control as they are in direct opposition to the Second Amendment! Congress must fight the coming Assault Weapons Ban in the Senate, and they must fight all twenty-three of Obama’s Executive Orders!

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“The president is going to act… There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help [of] the attorney general and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action we believe is required.” – Joe Biden

So the question is: can executive orders be stopped?

An executive order — which carries the full force of law — is made a fact literally at the stroke of the President’s pen; it is done without debate and without the consent of Congress or the American people. (That is precisely why they are so dangerous when used.)

The executive order, though it exists by precedent, is an unconstitutional mechanism that makes a joke of our government and its so-called “separated powers.” Congress is vested with the power to write laws, not the President.

Congress must reject any and all executive orders that would succeed in disarming law-abiding Americans.

The good news is: Congress does have power to fight executive orders, and we must demand they do just that seeing that Obama wants to accomplish arms control through by his own command.

There are three ways that Congress can act to oppose Obama’s “power of the pen” – first, they can overturn any executive order by a 2/3 majority vote in both chambers (like reversing a veto); second, they can introduce legislation that would interfere with an order; and, third, they can refuse to appropriate funds for the execution of the order.

We must demand the U.S. Congress to – in addition to refusing any piece of federal gun-control legislation – flex their muscles and fight the Executive Branch now that Obama has increased gun-control by executive order.

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Barack Obama told Meet the Press that he is committed to not let the opportunity for increased gun-control “drift away” after people begin to shift their attention away from December’s Connecticut shooting, the event that gun-grabbing politicians have been using to justify their tyrannical ends. Obama said,

“The question then becomes whether we are actually shook up enough by what happened [in Sandy Hook] that it does not just become another one of these routine episodes where it gets a lot of attention for a couple of weeks and then it drifts away… It certainly won’t feel like that to me. This is something that, you know, that was the worst day of my presidency. And it’s not something that I want to see repeated.”

He also committed to a one-year time-frame, saying, “I’d like to get it done in the first year. I will put forward a very specific proposal based on the recommendations that Joe Biden’s task force is putting together as we speak. And so this is not something that I will be putting off.”

Hoping to convince the American people to befriend disarmament, Obama claims that dismantling the Second Amendment will make schoolchildren safer. We know he truly doesn’t believe such nonsense – otherwise he’d have all of his personal bodyguards disarmed! (Which we know he’ll never do; in fact, on January 10th he signed a law that gives him and his wife secret service protection for life.)

On top of voicing his support for the Feinstein Ban (and other attempts to remove guns from the homes of law-abiding Americans), Barack Obama has a “hidden” gun-control agenda that he may accomplish through the ATF.

According to Conservative Action Alerts contributor Jim Kouri, the Obama Administration may “order the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to take the classification step. Some gun-grabbers view the designation of Street Sweeper shotguns as Title 2 firearms during the Clinton administration as precedent for such a move.”

Obama will never disarm his protectors, yet he wants to disarm the American People from protecting themselves. What dangerous, evil, and unconstitutional hypocrisy!

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Obama doesn’t think the Feinstein ban goes far enough; the Democratic Senator’s “Assault Weapons Ban” is only one piece of their overall disarmament agenda.

The Washington Post reports:

“The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation’s gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration’s discussions.” (emphasis ours)

As we mentioned above, President Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to lead a special, blue-ribbon group to investigate gun-related violence and propose “solutions.”

So far, the committee is pushing for the following:

  • universal background checks for gun buyers,
  • a centralized gun registry/database that would track the movement and sales of all privately-held firearms nationwide,
  • more stringent “mental health” checks, and
  • strengthening gun-free school zones and related penalties.

Do these laws sound like they belong in a free society? Not in the least.

But what else should expect from such a committee? Biden’s disarmament gang is made of, and takes opinions from, some of the most anti-Second Amendment individuals in the country: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, The Brady Campaign’s Dan Gross, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

This is all to show that there are strong efforts to disarm the American people through “legal” – but unlawful – means. These efforts aren’t “solutions” … they are chains on a free people.

What’s more, Biden’s blue-ribbon “task force” is a typical act of Obama law-breaking itself because it violates the Federal Advisory Committee Act, a law that governs “any committee, board, commission, council, conference, panel, task force, or other similar group.” The Biden group violates this law in at least two ways: first, it has not been made subject to public scrutiny and no reports have been filed regarding its proceedings; and, second, the Biden group was created the day after Sandy Hook, although the law requires any such group to file its existence 15 days in advance of their first meeting.

It is clear that neither Obama nor Biden seem to care about the law – they care more about debarring law-abiding Americans from the ownership of firearms.

Take Action and DEMAND CONGRESS to OPPOSE any and all attempts to DISARM AMERICANS through federal gun-control! Congress must FIGHT any piece of legislation or executive order that would dismantle the Second Amendment! Blast Faxes Now!

In addition to the Obama Administration’s anti-gun agenda, members of Congress are also poised to take away our rights: consider the Feinstein Weapons Ban.

California’s Diane Feinstein – author of the 1994 Assault Weapons – has long been an enemy of gun-owners and the right to self-defense, an American principle. Senator Feinstein, keeping in line with Rahm Emanuel’s rule of thumb to “never waste a crisis,” almost immediately began calling for increased gun control after the terrible event in at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

Feinstein expressly stated that she will introduce sweeping gun control legislation the first day the 113th Congress is assembled. She said,

“On the first day of the new Congress, I intend to introduce a bill stopping the sale, transfer, importation and manufacturing of assault weapons as well as large ammunition magazines, strips and drums that hold more than 10 rounds.”

She also added that she has already been “gathering support” for such legislation in both the House and the Senate.

What this means is that a weapons ban could be a cold, hard fact this month! In fact, on January 22 the Senate will begin their new legislative session.

Remember, in 1994 it only took one day for Congress and President Clinton to “legally” remove guns from the hands and homes of law-abiding Americans!

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Feinstein’s resuscitation of her former assault weapons ban has wide support from Democrats. Also, just so you are aware, Feinstein didn’t scratch this bill up in response to the Connecticut shooting; no, she has been working on it for over a year waiting for the opportune time to ram it through!

Senator Frank Lautenberg, as we can expect, is “optimistic” about a Feinstein-led Assault Weapons Ban, saying, “I think we can get something done.” Schumer, like Feinstein, wants to see weapons banned, clip-sizes limited, and more paperwork required to purchase guns.

“The purpose of this bill is to get the weapons of war off the streets of our cities.” – Senator Feinstein

Democrat Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York believes that the nation will support stronger gun-control, especially if Barack Obama “exploits” what happened in Sandy Hook. The New York Rep. said on MSNBC that “These incidents, these horrible, horrible incidents … are happening more frequently, and they will continue to happen more and more frequently until someone with the bully pulpit – and that means the president – takes leadership and pushes Congress.”

Obama wasted no time in voicing his strong, “active” support for national legislation curbing gun-ownership. It is likely, now that Obama is approaching his final term that he will more vehemently assert gun-control. White House spokesperson Jay Carney has already suggested that the president will support gun-control efforts – in addition to Feinstein’s – including laws to eliminate what he referred to as the ‘gun show loophole’ relating to paperwork and high-capacity magazine sales. And we have Biden’s most recent hint: the executive order.

We must make our voices heard and tell Congress to reject the coming Feinstein Weapons Ban, and any other piece of legislation (or executive order) that would destroy the Second Amendment!

Take Action and DEMAND CONGRESS to OPPOSE any and all attempts to DISARM AMERICANS through federal gun-control! Congress must FIGHT any piece of legislation or executive order that would dismantle the Second Amendment! Blast Faxes Now!

The Fruit of Propaganda:

It is a sad fact that America today is divided over the right to self-defense.

Rather than call into question the environment in which the shooting took place – a gun-free zone, where self-defense is prohibited – so many mindlessly flock to liberal slogans like “less guns equals less violence.”

A White House petition demanding “immediate” gun control was created and gathered over 80,000 signatures in less than a day, while the petition only needed 25,000 to be seriously considered. The petition now holds over 194,000 names.

More than this, some of the anti-gun rhetoric being asserted by some are violent – even outright threats. Facebook posts, blogs, and Twitter have been used to carry messages like “murder every NRA member” or “get every member of the NRA to stand in a circle, aim & shoot!” Some people have also called for the murder of the NRA’s president, David Keene.

This is all to say the some of our fellow Americans would happily support more gun control – they already are organizing and, as we have seen, both active and vocal.

Folks like these are calling and writing their Senator asking for their neighbors to be disarmed through increased gun control. These individuals are pushing the Feinsteins, Bloombergs, and RINOs like Scott Brown, to support state and federal bans on assault weapons.

Now is the time for patriotic Americans to fight this liberal, anti-gun rhetoric and speak out! We must make sure that Senate and Representative Offices are getting twice or three times as many calls, letters, and faxes against gun control as they are for it.

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What has happened to the Bill of Rights?

The Second Amendment is a right, and “laws” that oppose it are unlawful and dangerous. There is no other way to say it.

Our founders were able to declare independence from the King England only because they were armed with modern weaponry.

Our Constitution – the Supreme Law of the Land – included the Second Amendment provision to “keep and bear arms” to ensure that the new American government could not disarm the people.

The right to bear arms is an essential part of liberty and a free society. Yes, our forefathers knew the importance of an armed citizenry as a check against big government and tyranny. Further, they knew that individuals should always be free to protect themselves, their family, and their property. That’s why they protected it in law.

Those who were armed were not considered offensive, violent, or malevolent in any way – in fact, early Americans considered defense to be a God-given right to secure households and keep evil at bay in society. Weapons were not held for aggression, but to resist aggression!

Right now there is a multitude of ideological aggressors wanting to destroy the Second Amendment by banning certain weapons, limiting access to ammunition, and increasing the bureaucratic “paperwork” required to purchase guns.

These aggressors are in the Congress and the Whitehouse … and they must be stopped!

Take Action and DEMAND CONGRESS to OPPOSE any and all attempts to DISARM AMERICANS through federal gun-control! Congress must FIGHT any piece of legislation or executive order that would dismantle the Second Amendment! Blast Faxes Now!

The Second Amendment must never be Limited:

One of the arguments for the reinstatement of an Assault Weapons Ban is that it only restricts “some” weapons, namely those of a military-grade, while leaving other weapons unaffected. Michael Bloomberg and Diane Feinstein claims they only are attack so-called “weapons of war.”

Here is the problem… the Second Amendment protects such weapons, while anti-gunners want to see them “off the streets of our cities.”

You see, anti-gun politicians don’t understand (or care about) the purpose of the Second Amendment. Thomas Mullen of the Washington Times comments:

“Having weapons of war on the streets is the whole point of the 2nd Amendment. The amendment wasn’t drafted to ensure that Americans could hunt. It wasn’t drafted so that Americans could protect themselves, although the natural right to defend one’s life was never as compromised as it is in the modern gun control era.

They weren’t out to confiscate hunting rifles, ‘fer squirrels and sech,’ either. They intended to confiscate a store of arms that would outfit the average colonist with weapons roughly equivalent to the average British infantryman.

That’s why the 2nd Amendment was written, to ensure that the government’s army would never have superior firepower to the people.”

Yes, the Second Amendment protects all weapons, even so-called “weapons of war.” Again, this is not controversial – it is simply what the founders gave us to preserve our free society.

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” – Second Amendment.

What has happened to America? Political Correctness – which is quite incorrect – is costing us our freedoms. Bad utopian ideas that suggest society can abolish violence, aggression, and death by simply removing guns is an argument even child wouldn’t believe – yet so many go along with this liberal nonsense and are willing to toss their and their neighbors’ rights away!

It’s time to fight the liberal, anti-gun propaganda and demand Congress to defend, not destroy, our right to bear arms!

Take Action and DEMAND CONGRESS to OPPOSE any and all attempts to DISARM AMERICANS through federal gun-control! Congress must FIGHT any piece of legislation or executive order that would dismantle the Second Amendment! Blast Faxes Now!

Source: Conservative Action Alerts




Thursday, January 17, 2013

3D Printed Guns Render Gun Control Moot

Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
Activist Post

Forbes has recently published an article about New York Congressman Steve Israel’s promise to ban 3D printed high capacity ammunition magazines. The congressman’s comments come after Defense Distributed, an open source DIY gunsmith group working to manufacture both guns and their accessories using 3D printing technology, successfully printed and tested a 30-round AR-15 magazine.

Congressman Israel stated:

Background checks and gun regulations will do little good if criminals can print high-capacity magazines at home. 3-D printing is a new technology that shows great promise, but also requires new guidelines. Law enforcement officials should have the power to stop high-capacity magazines from proliferating with a Google search.

It seems that Congressman Israel doesn’t realize that background checks and gun regulations both in the United States and just over America’s border with Mexico, already don’t work – without advanced manufacturing and open source paradigms even playing a role.

Criminals intent on breaking laws have existed since laws themselves. Additionally, technology like 3D printing, as Forbes correctly points out, will pose a serious challenge to gun control advocates in terms of enforcement.
Forbes stated specifically:

But for either [Congresswoman Diane]  Feinstein or Israel’s bill, the same problem arises: How to enforce that prohibition in every garage and workshop in America that houses a 3D printer.

Of course, without becoming Nazi Germany or Stalin’s Soviet Union, or something far worse, there is no way to enforce these gun regulations. Criminals in particular will continue discarding the law, and because of the government’s refusal to actually tackle the socioeconomic factors driving violence and its insistence on instead punishing law abiding citizens, their authority, legitimacy, and ability to enforce even sensible legislation will be compromised.

And 3D manufacturing isn’t the only way to build your own gun. As a matter of fact, around the world where criminals are unable to buy guns, they do indeed already make their own – and then, as criminals are compelled to do, commit crimes with them, including murder. 

Image: This homemade handgun was made by an unruly Thai party-goer who claimed the life of a British tourist this New Year’s Eve. Despite the ubiquitous nature of guns, both homemade and manufactured in Thailand, and nearly no means of enforcing whatever legislation may or may not be on the books, gun violence (and violence overall) is still less than in the United States. 

In Thailand, vocational schools are plagued by fierce gang-style rivalries. With standard tools, these students construct homemade guns which they frequently murder each other with. And just this New Year’s Eve, a British tourist was killed when a fight broke out at a party, and a homemade gun was fired. The difference between a Thai vocational education, and say a German or Japanese vocational education is one of culture and socioeconomics – not access to tools.

Preventing people from manufacturing guns, or worse yet, from possessing or using tools that can be used to create guns, is both ludicrous and impossible. Like with cars or anything else, laws are there to ensure we don’t harm others by abusing any given right or implement – not preventing us from having those rights or implements responsibly in the first place. In the end, one must address the factors in any given society that drive large numbers of people to commit violent crimes in the first place – regardless of their chosen means or method.

In reality, an honest public representative would already be far too busy improving education, infrastructure, and the economic prospects of their people to waste time on banning every conceivable implement that could be used in a crime, directly or indirectly. The goal of Congress members like Feinstein or Israel, is not to prevent violence – but to simply disarm the population as the corporate-financier interests they represent seek to be further unhindered as they loot people and nations both abroad and at home.

The fact that the White House is taking such bold actions against “guns,” citing “mass shootings” which account for a fraction of 1% of all homicides, indicates a far more insidious agenda – and one based not on real priorities, but built upon a carefully exploited, emotional campaign to exact an obvious but not forthcoming final goal.

Get Involved. 

Defense Distributed has a website – DefCAD.org – and the files for building their various designs available for downloading and use – for free. The files are in .IGS format and require a computer aided design program (CAD) to view them. FreeCAD is an open source, free to download program that works well. This is where, again, a local hackerspace pooling people’s resources together would help infinitely, especially when most hackerspaces come equipped with 3D printers and people capable of operating them and more importantly, capable of teaching you how to use them. 

ImageDefense Distributed’s 30 round magazine opened in FreeCAD

Right now, there seems to be only Defense Distributed pursuing this project in any meaningful manner – which should be a cause of concern for anyone who thinks this is a good idea. One group of people working on this alone is a giant, slow-moving target prone to failure from both within and beyond. Many people working on this in parallel, however, presents the same problem the movie and music industry face with file sharing – impossible victory/inevitable defeat.

Starting your own open source “distributed defense” group would be a good way to hedge the risk of having just one group coordinating efforts toward developing open source firearms accessible to all. DefCAD could be infiltrated, co-opted, or derailed in so many conceivable ways considering the implications the work it is doing have, it would be foolish not to hedge such risk.

The lack of direct participation in preserving our rights, and instead depending on lobbyists and protesters alone to to do it for us is one problem. Another problem is the purposeful polarization of the “gun debate” – of gun advocates and their critics along predictable political lines. The Washington Post, which is ironically run by a right-wing Neo-Con editorial board, recently celebrated President Obama’s “clever” use of the Constitution to turn the gun debate on its head. It also noted gleefully that part of the plan was getting the “people” themselves to demand stricter gun control. This will be done by getting half of America (the left) to take the guns away from the other half (the right).

Faux right-wing leaders take particular care in ensuring that to be a “gun rights activist,” you must also be a xenophobic crypto-racist, Islamophobic, and a conservative who believes the problem facing the world are closet-Communist liberals. Likewise, the faux left’s leadership ensures that their followers believe conservatives, their religion, and their guns are the root of all problems. In reality, the corporate-financiers run both sides of the debate and direct the talking points of prominent personalities on both the faux-left and faux-right.

Obviously, instead of digging in and playing along, our goal should be to reach across the aisle and close this artificial divide – by abandoning the leaders claiming to represent our particular political proclivities and working together to address the true causes of violence – social injustice, socioeconomic decay, and inadequate, impractical education.

Getting involved includes creating local institutions that find common ground and reject this artificial polarization – common ground that includes improving educationhealth care, and local economic prospects, which in turn reduces violence and leaves only responsible people with firearms (and the means to make them). Local efforts must be apolitical and all-inclusive – because if we are reduced to talking politics, it is because we don’t have a pragmatic solution to solve our problems.

DefCAD has a pragmatic solution – leveraging tangible, modern technology to ensure our rights are not trampled upon by insidious politicians. Taking away guns is not an option politically, and soon, not an option practically. All sides who truly seek to reduce the violence in society will be forced to look elsewhere for the solution. Since guns were never the problem to begin with, the advent of 3D printed guns and the insurmountable deterrence they present to “gun control,” may be a blessing in disguise for all who seek a more peaceful and just world.


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