Obama Unveils Executive Orders to ‘Reduce Gun Violence’

President Obama and his crackpot team of anti-gun policy wonks unveiled a list of executive actions Monday aimed at foisting gun control on the American people without the consent of Congress.

Obama argued that list of orders, set to roll out in the near future, all fit within the purview of his power as president.

“The good news is these are not only recommendations that are well within my legal authority and the executive branch, but they’re also ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support and believe in,” said Obama from the Oval Office.

What’s on the list?

What’s on the list? Well, here is how it is succinctly pitched on WhiteHouse.gov:

Keep guns out of the wrong hands through background checks

  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is making clear that it doesn’t matter where you conduct your business—from a store, at gun shows, or over the Internet: If you’re in the business of selling firearms, you must get a license and conduct background checks.
  • ATF is finalizing a rule to require background checks for people trying to buy some of the most dangerous weapons and other items through a trust, corporation, or other legal entity.
  • Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has sent a letter to States highlighting the importance of receiving complete criminal history records and criminal dispositions, information on persons disqualified because of a mental illness, and qualifying crimes of domestic violence.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is overhauling the background check system to make it more effective and efficient. The envisioned improvements include processing background checks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and improving notification of local authorities when certain prohibited persons unlawfully attempt to buy a gun. The FBI will hire more than 230 additional examiners and other staff to help process these background checks.

Make our communities safer from gun violence

  • The Attorney General convened a call with U.S. Attorneys around the country to direct federal prosecutors to continue to focus on smart and effective enforcement of our gun laws.
  • The President’s FY2017 budget will include funding for 200 new ATF agents and investigators to help enforce our gun laws.
  • ATF has established an Internet Investigation Center to track illegal online firearms trafficking and is dedicating $4 million and additional personnel to enhance the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network.
  • ATF is finalizing a rule to ensure that dealers who ship firearms notify law enforcement if their guns are lost or stolen in transit.
  • The Attorney General issued a memo encouraging every U.S. Attorney’s Office to renew domestic violence outreach efforts.

Increase mental health treatment and reporting to the background check system

  • The Administration is proposing a new $500 million investment to increase access to mental health care.
  • The Social Security Administration has indicated that it will begin the rulemaking process to include information in the background check system about beneficiaries who are prohibited from possessing a firearm for mental health reasons.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services is finalizing a rule to remove unnecessary legal barriers preventing States from reporting relevant information about people prohibited from possessing a gun for specific mental health reasons.

Shape the future of gun safety technology

  • The President has directed the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology
  • The President has also directed the departments to review the availability of smart gun technology on a regular basis, and to explore potential ways to further its use and development to more broadly improve gun safety.

What it actually means for us…

It goes without saying but there is a lot more to this than meets the eye. Sure, some of it is innocuous, feel-good B.S. meant to appease the Bloomberg machine and satisfy Obama’s desire to have a legacy as a gun-grabbing president. But other parts of it have real teeth, and could create serious problems for hobbyists, collectors, enthusiasts — basically, people like you and me.

Below are some of the primary concerns.

“Engaged in the business”

One of the biggest concerns is the focus on gun sellers “engaged in the business,” which has traditionally meant FFLs or gun dealers. Obama is looking to broaden that criteria to include almost anyone so that everyone who sells a gun at a gun show or over the Internet might be required to obtain a license. It’s a way to criminalize what is now common practice.

Consider the language from this White House Fact Sheet, “There is no specific threshold number of firearms purchased or sold that triggers the licensure requirement. But it is important to note that even a few transactions, when combined with other evidence, can be sufficient to establish that a person is “engaged in the business.’”

It goes on to state that “courts have upheld convictions for dealing without a license when as few as two firearms were sold or when only one or two transactions took place, when other factors also were present.”

The real kisser is the penalty for selling firearms without a license, which includes a sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Ostensibly, Obama’s plan is to ensure more buyers are undergoing background checks, which licensed sellers are required by law to perform. Yet, one can’t help but to see the nefarious side to this, that is he is mandating that all gun sellers obtain a license. In short, he wants everyone to go through the red tape to become a dealer.

Who is simply trying to sell some guns? Who is actually “engaged in the business of selling firearms”? These are questions which used to have relatively clear answers.  On one hand you had hobbyists, collectors, and enthusiasts and then on the other you had brick and mortar gun shops, licensed gun dealers. Now, it’s up to Obama’s minions at the ATF to determine on a case by case basis. Basically, they’ve cleared the way to go after individuals who frequently buy, trade, sell firearms — even if it’s not for profit.

But there is way more to this story.  To get the entire story, check out this article: “Can I still Sell My Guns Online? — Executive Action Fear Porn.

Certain Social Security beneficiaries  may lose gun rights

Under the mental health aspect of the orders, certain Social Security beneficiaries may lose their right to keep and bear arms.  Language from the website states the following:

Current law prohibits individuals from buying a gun if, because of a mental health issue, they are either a danger to themselves or others or are unable to manage their own affairs. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has indicated that it will begin the rulemaking process to ensure that appropriate information in its records is reported to NICS. The reporting that SSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice, is expected to require will cover appropriate records of the approximately 75,000 people each year who have a documented mental health issue, receive disability benefits, and are unable to manage those benefits because of their mental impairment, or who have been found by a state or federal court to be legally incompetent. The rulemaking will also provide a mechanism for people to seek relief from the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm for reasons related to mental health.

Suppose one becomes the representative payee for one’s elderly father.  Not because the father is a mental defective but because he is just getting old and doesn’t want to be bothered with the day-to-day drudgery of paying bills, preparing taxes, managing finances, etc.  The question is whether that father will also forfeit his right to own a firearm?

Now, there have been efforts to protect SS beneficiaries.  Back in September, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-Texas) introduced a bill called the Social Security Beneficiary Second Amendment Rights Protection Act that would ensure that those law-abiding SS recipients retain their right to keep and bear arms.  However, until it becomes law, it appears as though certain SS recipients are in danger of losing their 2A rights.

ATF gets a boost

Another troubling order includes Obama’s call to beef up the ATF. Let’s be straight about this, the ATF is a corrupt organization. Between running guns into Mexico via Operation Fast and Furious and exploiting mentally challenged people in dubious operations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the agency has over the years earned a reputation of being criminally dysfunctional. To give the ATF more resources and manpower is not only foolish, it’s dangerous. And undoubtedly gun owners and gun dealers will bear the brunt of that mistake.

One immediate manifestation of this is the rule to “ensure that dealers who ship firearms notify law enforcement if their guns are lost or stolen in transit.”  Scrupulous gun dealers already do this.  The rule will simply make it easier for the ATF to prosecute gun dealers who don’t comply within a certain timeframe or who make an honest mistake along the way.

Smart gun, dumb idea

Lastly, one should be wary of the move to “research” smart gun technology. This is a job for the free market — not for the government. As we’ve seen in New Jersey, when the government gets involved in smart guns it’s typically done to do one thing and one thing only: mandate that gun shops sell them exclusively.

To the government, smart guns mean the end of traditional guns. And since smart guns have significant flaws in terms of user reliability and can be manipulated (shut off) from afar with other technology, it’s no wonder why the government is itching to invest in their development.

GOP Reactions

The GOP slammed Obama for attacking the Second Amendment. Rightfully so. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that the president was “subverting the legislative branch, and potentially overturning its will.”

“No president should be able to reverse legislative failure by executive fiat, not even incrementally,” wrote Ryan, adding, “The American people deserve a president who will respect their constitutional rights – all of them.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also weighed in on the executive orders, calling Obama a “petulant child” who wants to “act as if he’s a king, as if he’s a dictator.”

The nation’s gun lobby was also quick to criticize Obama and his lackeys.

 “The proposed executive actions are ripe for abuse by the Obama Administration, which has made no secret of its contempt for the Second Amendment,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action.

“The NRA will continue to fight to protect the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed under our Constitution,” he continued. “We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to become scapegoats for President Obama’s failed policies.”

Conclusion

What can be done by a president can be undone by Congress or the courts. Hopefully, GOP lawmakers are working hard right now to come up with a legislative response to Obama’s executive actions. If something is not done to counter this assault, law-abiding gun owners and gun dealers will increasingly find themselves in the crosshairs of the federal government.

Our Constitution is clear that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.  That decree includes the courts, Congress, and a power-hungry president.

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  • Onthe Wall April 9, 2016, 2:02 am

    Hay potus if you really want to do something to reduce gun crime, there is only 1 solution to the problem! SEND EVERY BLACK OR HISPANIC BACK TO THE COUNTRY OF THEIR ANCESTORS. According to the New York City Police Internet Site between 87% and 94% of all violent crime is caused by blacks or hispanics. Let me say it a again. According to the New York City Police Internet Site between 87% and 94% of all violent crime is caused by blacks or hispanics. So WHERE IS THE PROBLEM! It’s right in front of your face.

  • Panther January 10, 2016, 5:27 pm

    This muslim turd can SHOVE ALL his gun control and his executive orders up his liberal socialist ass. I will not abide by laws that prevent legal law abiding citizens from protecting themselves nor will I allow a bunch of anti-American liberals dictating to me that I have to do this or that. I don’t need your permission to do a dam thing and if you would like to try your luck Come and Try and Take Mine from Me or Mine. I’m just one American Veteran that has head enough of you liberal turds and I want ALL of you out of my Country NOW !

  • jadwinjim January 10, 2016, 3:04 pm

    The first step in any recovery process is to FIRST admit there is a problem, then focus on where the problem is. POTUS has done only step 1, yet his black, commie muslim blinders prevent him from admitting the main problem is with HIS OWN PEOPLE. The very people that catapulted him to the White House .and believed his bs line of hope and change. His idiot belief of stopping drunk driving is by making it tougher for sober people to buy cars. This is the logic of an Ivy League educated person? I suppose if you also lie about your education, religion and belief system. He could not screw up the nation any more than if he dressed like Bozo the Clown and could only speak when a teleprompter is in front of his face

  • Dave Johnson January 9, 2016, 9:46 pm

    I, along with many here I’m sure, are counting the days until this Godless bloviating gas bag and all of his like minded sycophants leave office. He has exposed us to evil with his policies both foreign and domestic and he continues to push his “progressive” agenda that makes us weaker. I only hope we are fortunate enough to elect someone to replace him that respects the rights of Americans and puts us first rather than last in line like our current President.

  • BRASS January 9, 2016, 11:56 am

    My biggest concern today is that those who potentially fall under these new rules will be disenfranchised without due process. We saw what may become a landmark case this week was reported by the Associated Press when the VA sent a representative to ‘inspect and confiscate’ the firearms of a veteran, only because he filed to have someone help him with his affairs, and without due process.
    While the vet may have been exploiting a loop hole in the VA to inflate his benefits, and I agree that is wrong and should be prevented if true, that is not justification for taking away a constitutionally guaranteed individual right. The two are separate issues.
    Like social security recipients, if you formally ask that someone be designated to help you with your financial affairs but are not mentally defective, you are at risk as this is and will likely continue to be done without proper due process.
    Who would do this? Well, I have accountants, lawyers and real estate brokers in my family. At our age we make arrangements for others to handle our affairs should anything happen to us. Both my wife and I are well trained, practiced and mentally competent but we have experts in our family who can handle the more complicated aspects of life should it be needed but due to existing privacy and other laws may not have the legal authority to act on our behalf should they try to do so, even without permission, because they have not jumped through the legal hoops the law requires. Accidents, medical issues not affecting mental competency, tax complications and dozens of other reasons in our modern world make it unlikely any of us will go through life without needing or finding it convenient to have the assistance of those subject matter experts to help us along the way.
    If we take common sense precautions to protect ourselves, our family and heirs by insuring management of home sales, estate issues, wills, power of attorneys, etc., are filed we may find armed social security or FBI agents at our door to ‘inspect and confiscate our firearms’ thus disarming us.
    Whether intentional or not, the possibility for abuse by the government is not only possible but likely. This is demonstrated every day in real life at the least by huge bumbling bureaucratic agencies who operate via faceless misapplied regulations using rule following drones to carry out these attacks and at worst by intentional abuse by those with a political agenda like recent attacks on citizens by the IRS, EPA, BLM, ATF, VA and many more.
    It’s real, it happens and no honest informed person can deny it.

  • Mark Hummel January 8, 2016, 4:38 pm

    The political agenda of firearms legislation or executive order of such legislation will not stop unlawful violent acts perpetrated by the insane or criminal. All good sane people have the highest regard for human life and the continual respect for such life, as well as, and in accordance with the law. The executive orders spoken of by our President do not truly meet the needs of our country to eliminate casualty, caused by the insane or criminal, who have no high regard for either such human life or the law. Education and preparation are the best hope for the future of our great country to end unwanted violence. The teachings of Christ in the Bible are one such fundamental educational solution to end such violence.
    Legislation has no such ability to prevent the insane or criminal from perpetrating violent acts. A statistical reduction of violence through such proposed legislation will result in the loss of freedoms by the law abiding and innocent. The great Constitution of the United States of America nor the rights of the innocent and law abiding should be subject to infringement by such legislation.
    History has taught us well that with such legislation, the abuses of power are soon to follow. The problem with violence in America should be met with the utmost of wisdom that our forefathers had placed in the Constitution of the United States of America. There should be a separation of rights of those whom have no high regard for human life, or will, by which to abide by the law. The rights of the innocent should not be infringed upon or condemned by the enactment of such unjust legislation or executive orders.
    Preparations should be made to protect the Constitution of the United States of America and the law abiding citizens thereof. Further firearms legislation in America should reflect the separation of rights of the criminal and insane. Legislations should not be enacted to infringe on the rights of the innocent or law abiding, treasonously creating criminals of the innocent and law abiding.
    Further preparations to end violence in America should be sought through empowerment of the innocent and law abiding American Citizen to respectfully, morally, protect human life. Law enforcement can not do it all. We the people must aid one another with respect, through good moral conscience end violence to maintain our rights.
    Those who pretend to have respect for humanity, the rights of others and the law, that create conditions contrary to peace and security therein, should be sought out, apprehended and criminally held responsible for those conditions they create that result in horrific firearms violence.
    There is more.

    • HeavyHearts4 January 10, 2016, 1:33 pm

      You are spot on. Plus, our Trojan President does nothing about the crime related videos sold for children like Grand Theft Auto, and many, many more. One young boy killed his grandmother so he could keep playing Grand Theft Auto. When the law showed up the little boy was still playing his video game while his grandmother was dead in her chair, he shot her in the back of the head.

  • Bigmac January 8, 2016, 2:46 pm

    Has anyone brought up the fact that the US has a bigger drug problem than a gun problem? Where is the executive order as it relates to that issue. It goes to show you how out of touch our Government is with reality. Let’s implement term limits and get these fools out of office (Congress and Senate). We can then have “sensible” gun laws and proper enforcement actions.
    I know all of the criminals were watching their stolen TV’s as President Obama was crying about the people that were shot by theses lunatics. It was a touching moment for sure, he should have gone straight to Hollywood and skip the White House all together. Our sympathy to all those who have died from these cowards, but let’s be sensible and work towards a common good.
    Let’s remember it takes someone to pull a trigger for a gun to fire.
    Bye the way did I hear him correctly, that he loses his I-pad and uses an app to find it. This is what our President is spending his time doing? Doesn’t he have an I-Pad assistant with him at all times? What’s another government employee at this point. I noticed he is only tough on items that polarizes our country, I am sure he does this on purpose. We are spending so much time “in fighting” among ourselves that we do not notice how inept our government is. Stoke the fire one more time Prez. it causes the people to not notice the ongoing recession and the loss of jobs. Smoke and mirrors is what I call our government. Let’s argue about gun control because it effectively takes the heat off of everything else that is wrong with our government.
    I am not sure when the liberals are going to catch onto the fact that it is more lucrative to sell drugs than it is to work at McDonalds. How many gun death’s are related or associated with the drug trade? Anyone have that info? I am betting it is a lot more than anyone would admit. So let’s make gun laws tougher and legalize drugs. Does it sound a little obvious?, or is it just me? I am betting that the drug trade is larger than the gun industry 10 times over. Let’s deal with the real problem here, and put the Middle Class back to work at normal wages and stop the drug trade.
    How about we hire a couple of hundred drug enforcement agents instead of ATF agents. We should target the people who are destroying our country from within and not the law abiding citizens.
    I say if you are caught with drugs you lose your driving privileges, pay a fine and if you cannot pay, you get mandatory prison time.
    Let’s stop rehabilitating the drug addicts and giving them community service sentences. I say we put the money towards prisons. Maybe if they know that there are consequences to getting caught with drugs, they might think twice. If they still do not get it then maybe they belong in jail.
    Please stop the liberal babble that everyone deserves a chance. How many chances should you get?, one, two, a hundred? What is the magic number. I agree, we should give them a chance to prove themselves, but only one chance and if they cannot correct the problem, off to jail you go. All repeat offenders should have escalated jail time, not just for drugs, for all crimes.
    Anyone that commits additional crimes should have their jail time increased exponentially. One crime normal sentence, two crimes 1.5 times the normal sentence, three crimes, 3 times the normal sentence. More than four crimes (habitual criminal) 20 years no time off for good behavior.
    let’s return the country back to the people and take it away from the government and big business, they have had it long enough, and screwed it up more than we can imagine.

    Enough said, vote with your brain, not with your heart.

    • Maus Jäger January 8, 2016, 3:31 pm

      Police states do not want an armed citizenry, so gun owners would be joining drug dealers in prison. Prohibition is the mark of an overreaching government. Get the government out of our gun cabinets, our liquor cabinets and our drug cabinets, plus a few other places.

  • Srolinger January 8, 2016, 1:59 pm

    Really dude? Obama’s mignons? His steak cuts? Minions, dolt. Your message is obscured by your ignorance. Now I’ve missed what you were saying. I personally think that people who live in America should learn how to use English. Correctly.

    • S.H. Blannelberry January 8, 2016, 2:07 pm

      Nice catch!

    • D.Tros January 8, 2016, 8:55 pm

      Yes, ignore the content and look for typo’s or wrong words. I didn’t know I was on EnglishAmerica.com Proper use of English. Really? Who decides? The Brits? Those jack***s gave up the right to bear arms a long time ago, so I suppose they can command their government to obey in “proper English”

  • D.Tros January 8, 2016, 1:57 pm

    When I saw Barry crying on T.V., I said, we all are going to be crying soon after he gets his way. Specifics and details aside, the need to eventually get rid of the AR’s, AK’s and similar firearms that give citizens at least a fighting chance to resist a govt takeover, especially as the U.S. turns over sovereignty to the E.U. and U.N. must happen and actually will. We should resist and can prolong this but it will eventually happen and appears they plan and all out push to make it sooner, rather than later. You can say, this is all conspiracy theories, but it is fact. All of Europe have basically given up firearms to protect themselves. We are basically the last country to do so and they have been doing it slowly but apparently they see a need to speed things up. They already signed the U.N. Small Arms treaty and although it suppose to be ratified by the Senate, they know that won’t happen, so they are working around that. We are heading towards a world govt at breakneck speed and an armed citizenry is a hinderance to that. There are super rich, super powerful people behind the scenes pushing this and have been for many years. Politicians aren’t the actually movers, but are only figureheads. And many feel the up coming elections can help change this but they are wrong. Those who are running things will only give us “options” to pick from, that will fulfil their agenda. We do not have free elections, anymore than Russia or China. Ours just has the appearance of being more free. Sorry for the bad news, but when you cut through all of the bull, this is whats happening and it will happen. They best we can do, is try to slow it down but it appears that they have decided to move ahead as fast as possible and those in the way will be dealt with. That means different things, depending on who they are dealing with.

  • SMITTY January 8, 2016, 1:10 pm

    You want to stop most gun violence. Take them out of the hands of blacks because they obviously don’t have the mental ability ho handle firearms without killing one another or anyone they seem to have a problem with I mean anyone that drives down the street and just randomly start shooting just to show how gangsta you are. You’re not a gangsta you are an idiot and a punk.

  • omarraghead January 8, 2016, 11:53 am

    now that is cool. is he’s going to put the guys killing the most in prison where they should be instead of releasing his black brothers back into society?

  • Gunflint January 8, 2016, 10:44 am

    America is already under attack from within. The last & final hurtle is remove guns from Patriots that might, & will stand in their way. This advanced Background check is a Smokescreen for what’s to come. Today, data is being compiled on gun owners & then they’re cauterized in threat levels. Call it what you will, NWO, The Club of Rome, or the Jeremiah Project. The threat is here today, just a term Lock & Load.

  • rogertc1 January 8, 2016, 10:37 am

    Ever notive ghow Obama’s women had really fat cankles like Hillary?

  • David W. Stephenson January 8, 2016, 9:52 am

    First off Barry is out of his mind, forigin troops on American soil are illegal under the constitition, I have no doubt that the Armed Forces of America Will not violate their oath. And as for Executive Orders, they are really not worth the paper they are written on if the violate the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. King Barry has it all wrong if he thinks that AMERICA is a nation of sheep.I know that there are plenty of SHEEPDOGS in AMERICA that will keep the wolves from taking over America. And as for SMART GUNS,they need to worry about smart and knowlegable people that own guns first, This regime has wasted more of our tax dollars on stupid shit that anyone that I have had to live under. He stated that Indiana was responsible for the deaths in Chicago, (BULL)I was there in the 80s and it was bad back then(Barry was still a child then)Indiana is no more responsible for the deaths in Chicago than any other deadly city that has strict gun laws that enable innocent people to become targets to some terroist or some guy who has some mental problems. Barry has no idea what he’s doing and everything he does is a kneejerk reaction just to show that he is doing something(which he knows nothing about)And I thought Jimmy Carter was bad,just shows how dumb I was. And this constitutionally education person was elected twice and has done nothing but create more problems,rules, and tried to take away every freedom that the founding fathers gave us. And the second ammendment was not created for hunting,is was to protect the American people from a tyrant and the govement that the tyrant creates to keep the sheepeople in line. I know for a fact that there are SHEEDOGS among us to protect the American way of life,and then tries to tell the American people that he has the backing of American gun owners, I knew he was a phony when he walked out on stage with Greek Pillars on stage like a king. As for mass shootings if more people were allowed to carry a firearm it would not happen. And someone answer me this,WHY IN GOD’S NAME is the military suppose to be unarmed unless in combat. To Me that is the stupidist thing I have heard. The only way that we will keep these mass shooters and terroist from killing more Americans is to shoot them first. Then they will think twice about killing Americans and causing havoc on American soil. And the ATF should be a convinence store,because the are the most corrupt agency in America,well it would be a toss up with others including the DoD. I’m off my soapbox now.

  • Snubby January 8, 2016, 7:55 am

    This whole issue is getting ridiculous. Enough with more gun control laws. Let’s work with the ones we got and not waste more time on more laws. Obama is getting really over sentimental about this whole issue when there are much more important things on hand. Mass shooting are extremely rare. Of all guns that are owned in the US, a tiny percentage is used for violence. Statistically, in a country of 300+ million people with millions of gun owners, 8,000 deaths from handguns is a tiny fraction and just goes to show how most folks are responsible with their ownership. To focus on these small outliers and then get all weepy and emotional about it is rather silly. It’s a distraction from the real big issue which is our war mongering and nation building efforts and the problem of massive collateral damage as a result of them. All of which are actions authorized by Obama.

  • Dan January 8, 2016, 5:36 am

    A “smart” weapon that can be rendered inoperable by the State is a “one button” solution to disabling everyone’s guns in a crisis by whomever is given the power to do so. This is counter to the intent of the second amendment.

  • Sonny January 8, 2016, 4:35 am

    This is all about the money! bS on gun control, can’t believe we keep this going about gun control! This is about a fortune from the AMERICAN PEOPLE, ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! ONLY MONEY, MORE GOLF GAMES, WAKE UP AND TELL THE TRUTH

  • Tom Horn January 6, 2016, 5:59 pm

    Smart guns, Really?

    President Obama announced in rolling out his gun control Executive Orders, that, “This is not a slippery slope toward gun confiscation.” Yet he proposed so called, ‘Smart Guns’ with tracking chips in them. Hitler must be sitting up in his grave, licking his chops over the confiscation potential of that one. A blind man could smell the slime wafting off this incline (or, decline, rather).

    I’m sure this would include remote disabling device to make the firearm inoperable if lost or stolen. Or, if the State determines the owner to be unsuitable for firearms use. Never mind the Constitution, and due process. Although Pres. Obama stated, “He taught Constitutional Law, and knows a little bit about Constitutional Law,” it seems from his comments about the, ‘No Fly List,’ that Harvard School of Law must not teach the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution until advanced doctorate courses, or Barry was absent that day, or some such. I don’t know.

    Add to that a hundred other questions/objections:

    Will recognition it work if the users dominate hand is severed/injured?
    Will it work through the blood and grime of combat?
    Will it work for my wife/family if I am injured?
    Will it work consistently enough to trust my life/families life to?
    Could the tracking software be used in an unconstitutional manner, violating the users Constitutional Rights?

    I don’t know. I’m not a slick Harvard Lawyer, But it sure looks like a slippery slope from down here.

  • Tom Horn January 6, 2016, 12:55 pm

    President Obama tries to act like he is trying to bring the Country together with his shameful, fear mongering Executive Order roll-out (see Alan Korwin’s excellent article, ‘Spree Murders Are Our Modern-Day Bloodsport,’: https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/korwin-spree-murders-are-our-modern-day-blood-sport/ )

    If he really wanted to bring the People together behind some meaningful change, here are some proposals he could propose to Congress (You know, the branch of government that creates laws, Mr. President):

    • Ask the right questions: “How can we protect our children and citizens?”; Not, “What can we do about all these guns?”
    • Appropriate $500,000,000 to procuring armed security, arming and training teachers in armed self defense at our Nation’s schools and colleges; Not just throwing 500 million dollars aimlessly at Obama Care for mental Health.
    • Send 200 BATF agents to high gun crime areas to enforce laws already in place, such as Chicago, and Baltimore; Not 200 BATF agents to strengthen the background check system.
    • Give tax incentive for individuals to get firearms training, and buy safe home storage devices, thus creating smart users; Not wasting tax dollars on so-called. ‘smart guns.’
    • Stop letting felons out of prison early.
    • Close our borders to illegal immigration, so we know exactly who is entering our Country.
    • End the idiotic, politically correct bans on proven terrorist fighting techniques like, ‘Profiling.’
    • Reduce unconstitutional, No Carry Zones (Victim Zones)

    These are some bipartisan measures our whole Country could get behind, but not your, ‘Bloodsport’ fear mongering, Mr. President.

  • Tom Horn January 6, 2016, 6:42 am

    What a charlatan, snake oil salesman, scam artist, cart-n-pony show President Obama put on during his Executive Order roll-out. First he shamelessly surrounds himself with vulnerable, grasping for meaning, murder victims families, who, of course, applaud vigorously for every measure he is rolling out, making it appear to the uninformed masses that he has the backing of the People.

    He tells us, “He knows a little something about Constitutional Law.” Getting a laugh from the crowd (it truly is laughable). But, then goes on to trash Constitutional Law several times. First, he said he doesn’t want to restrict peoples 2nd Amendment Rights, and that a father should be able to go out and buy his daughter a hunting rifle. He is trying to propose to the uninformed sheeple of America that the 2nd Amendment is only about our right to bear arms for hunting purposes. If that is his interpretation, then indeed, he knows VERY little about Constitutional Law.

    Next he blasts the Republicans, and NRA, saying, “How could anyone oppose terrorists on the ‘No Fly List,’ from purchasing a firearm?” He knows very well that no one opposes preventing terrorists from getting a firearms. He knows the reason people are opposed to this measure is that pesky little thing, the U.S. Constitution, namely the 5th Amendment, and the right to due process. People put on the, ‘No Fly List,’ have no redress, or way to clear their name if wrongfully put on this list. President Obama knows this, yet he presents those standing up for the U.S. Constitution, and individual rights as monsters. He knows a little about Constitutional Law? Shameful.

    He brings up stricter gun laws in Connecticut as having reduced crime, and lax gun laws in Missouri as having increased crime, but only mentions his bloody home town, Chicago, as a dismissive afterthought later in the speech. He cries big crocodile tears for Newtown, CT, and some of the other mass shootings, but by the time he mentions Chicago, a town with some of the strictest gun laws in the Country, rampant African American-on-African American daily violence, where felons with guns go through a revolving door court systems, where they had another record murder year (468 murders), he has no more tears.

    President Obama said he is adding 200 new BATF agents to the force to help with the background check system. I worked in firearms retail for many years. The background check system always worked just fine. How about putting 100 BATF agents on the ground in Chicago to go after gang-bangers, and the judges who let them back on the street the next day after a gun crime, and another 100 agents in Baltimore to do the same. Then you might have an impact on gun violence in this Country, and it would be something the Country could get behind.

    And please tell me we are not going to waste my tax dollars on developing so called, ‘smart guns.’ That’s just dumb.

  • Robert Smith January 5, 2016, 11:49 pm

    At the gun shows I go to, private sellers only account for about 2% of the total number of guns available for sale. Even if this cows all the private sellers into staying home, the effect will hardly be noticed. No cause for any buyer’s panic like there was in 2013. The whole thing is a big fat “nothing burger”. Of course the NRA and all of us should oppose it as we do all additional gun controls, just business as usual, no need for panic.

    • Texas001 January 8, 2016, 7:43 am

      This is just the first step. If this works for him without huge opposition, then he will go to the next step. Remember the old Russian way to taking over a country, two big steps forward, then one small step back. Repeat until you have total control.

  • Tom Horn January 5, 2016, 12:26 pm

    These so called, “Executive Orders,” have no real vested basis of law in our U.S. Constitution. They stand only by the tradition of previous Presidents, yet we treat them as law until such time, and if, the Supreme Court finally strikes them down as unconstitutional. It is a bad tradition, and we need a constitutional amendment to exactly spell out presidential powers. The mention of Executive Powers in the U.S. Constitution is clearly meant to be the power to direct agencies of the Executive Branch of government, not to enact laws on the Citizens of the United States. That is a power reserved only for the Legislative Branch, except where specifically granted by Congress, such as the, War Powers Act.

    Sorry, your Honor, Justice Anthony Scalia, but our forefathers having freshly revolted from a monarchy and colonization, where laws and taxes were enacted without representation, clearly did not intend the Executive Branch to have law making powers over the People. They just didn’t. That was OK when a President you liked and supported (Ronald Reagan) was in office. How do you like it now that Barrack Obama is wielding that power?

    Whether it’s Abe Lincoln, FDR, or George W. Bush, these Executive Orders are a bad idea. Case & Point: Executive Order 9066, proclaimed by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, authorizing the deportation and internment of over 100,000 Japanese Americans without due process of law. I’m not saying some of these people shouldn’t have been interned for the duration of the war. But, it is the fact that an Executive Order denied them their Constitutional Right to due process, which was wrong. Only takes one man with a pen (a clear minority, ruling over a majority).

    We could end this unconstitutional usurpation of power from the People with a Constitutional Amendment requiring a 2/3 majority of Congress to approve all Executive Orders. An emergency session of Congress could be called for emergency orders, with special provisions for tele-com participation of members of Congress away from D.C. at the time, so as to form a quorum and allow representation of all States.

    In rolling out his new Executive Orders, President Obama said he had the backing of a majority of Americans, including gun owners. Really? Don’t remember him asking me. Don’t know what crystal ball he’s gazing into, but this is why we send representatives from each State to enact our laws; so that laws are NOT passed based on a minority supported opinion, and the deluded thinking of a man wishing to push his will and vision for a new world order down the throats of the American People.

    • Tom Horn January 5, 2016, 1:11 pm

      P.S.: Are We Just a Few Terrorist Acts Away From Marshal Law / Firearms Confiscation?

      Scenario: During the coming months we first have another copy-cat murder spree on a major college campus. President Obama, as usual, is beside himself, “What can we do about these guns?” Not, “What can we do to protect our children?” He declares his tougher gun laws stance has proven once again to be justified, and mandated by the American People.

      Several weeks later, a coordinated terrorist attack occurs simultaneously at many cities across the Country. ISIS members are especially pouring over our porous Southwest border, attacking cities and military bases in Texas, Arizona, and California with small arms fire, suicide bombs, and shoulder fired missiles (of ATF origin?). What was Jade Helm preparing for, again?

      At the same time, border cities along our Canadian border are attacked in Washington, Minnesota, Michigan, and New York. A suicide bomber detonates a large bomb at General Motors Headquarters, in Detroit, and when first responders arrive they are gunned down by snipers in waiting. Shooters commit mass murder in Mall of America, in Minneapolis. Along the coast container ships and a few Coast Guard and Navy ships are sunk or damaged in U.S.S. Cole style attacks.

      Several prominent members of the Senate and Congress are also targeted for assassination, along with several Supreme Court Justices. President Obama declares Martial Law, suspending all Constitutional Rights, and suspends upcoming elections until order can be restored from the kayos. Several days later Pres. Obama issues an Executive Proclamation declaring private ownership of firearms illegal, and for all citizens in possession of them to proceed to your local police station for a mandatory gun turn-in during a legal grace period. He declares that because of all the private citizens carrying firearms to protect themselves in the wake of these terrorist attacks, that law enforcement cannot tell the good guys from the bad guys, and therefore if private ownership of guns is achieved, only the bad guys will have guns, and thus can be identified (typical Bloomberg/Hillary/Obama/NWO logic).

      Once the legal grace period ends, those in procession of firearms will face confiscation. Since he cannot use the U.S Armed forces to help with the confiscation, he has authorized the use of our coalition NATO Forces to enter the Country to assist in the confiscation effort during this emergency (Hmm? For some reason they are more than willing to help disarm Americans). Don’t worry America, it is for our own good, and will make America a safer place, we are promised.

      The day the grace period for mandatory firearms turn-in ends, Pres. Obama addresses the American People saying, that since private ownership of firearms is illegal, those in possession of them are criminals and Enemies of the State, and as such, will be dealt with in the harshest terms. Papa Doc Obama has created his New World Order.

      • Jack January 11, 2016, 10:07 am

        Tom, your scenario seems to be pretty intact and practical.
        BO only has about 10 months to make it happen: however, there is probably an already picked successor waiting in the wings to follow in his footsteps.
        Hillary was the most likely candidate but with the resent negative circumstances being exploited about her, I am not sure who will be appointed.

        • George Bill February 19, 2016, 11:45 am

          Hopefully he will be delayed in the Congress. He is fighting on so many fronts now, that I think that this rhetoric is mostly talk. He will be overturned as long as we stay united and make this a primary issue in the Presidential election.
          We must defeat the Democrats, either one are poison, Hillary is really a subversive, but Bernie may not be far behind, Who ever thought when we were kids that a Socialist would be running for the highest office in our country, I doubt he will re-establish the “Pledge of Allegiance” or the History books that Obama changed to drill bullshit into our kids heads at an early age.
          I hate to say it but Trump is the guy who no one owns, and would likely make the best President. Don’t forget he knows how to designate authority, he runs thousands of jobs at once, and even though he doesn’t know much about specifics of Government, he will have the best and brightest people around him, “like he does know”.
          The main thing is to defeat Hillary, and make sure Trump doesn’t mysteriously get shot, right before the election. It won’t be the first time people who went against the Clintons met with abnormal accidents. I think there were 39 people who did business with them who died by mysterious circumstances, from before Whitewater, Car accidents, suicides, hangings, heart attacks, at very young ages, and in perfect health. Look it up you will be shocked at how many there are.

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