It was supposed to be the thunderous confirmation that Gun Control was here to stay and that the evil forces of the NRA and its minions (Gun Owners) were about to be thrown down the precipice of history. Foils were being unwrapped from the champagne bottles at the HQs of all Gun Control Groups.
It turned into flat soda.
According to The Ulsterman Report, there was real concerns that the original ideas were going to come back to bite Democrats so hard in the buttinski they wouldn’t even be covered by Obamacare. If rumors are to be believed, Congress was flooded by calls/faxes/emails in the rate of nine against any new Gun Control against one in favor. Those are not good numbers in anybody’s Government specially if you consider how much bad press, aspersions and name calling were used against guns and gun owners in general. It was a huge expenditure of political capital that resulted in negative returns as people flocked to buy more guns, magazines and ammunition and the NRA picks up 250,000 new members.
This is not to say they are done. Allow me to expose my Firefly-Geek credentials for a second and quote from Shepherd Derrial Book:
They’ll come at you sideways. It’s how they think. It’s how they move. Sidle up and smile. Hit you where you’re weak. Sort of man they’re like to send believes hard. Kills and never asks why.
They will present a new front when Sen. Feinstein introduces her all-compassing gun control bill. I predict that it will also get a “me” specially since NY State went full blow stupid with a similar law that without doubt will be challenged in court and hopefully harpooned to death. If that happens, the Gun Control Bill of 2014 will go into the shredder, specially if killing is done by SCOTUS late summer 2016, right before midterms. They do not want another electoral massacre like in 1994 where after 60 years of absolute control, the Democrats lost the Capitol Building.
The following are my thoughts about the Executive Orders as I read them yesterday. I might probably change some stuff later as I get better versed on some dark areas, but I wanted to leave the initial thoughts I had.
Here are the directives
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
(Is this an admission that they were not doing it in the first place?)
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.
(I saw this addressed before and with the non-forced commitment for dangerous patients is one of the reasons we have so many problems with really dangerous individuals loose. Expect resistance from ACLU on this one.)
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
(Actually the NICS system should me streamlined and improved to reduce the huge amounts of false positives it gives.)
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.
(Danger Will Robinson. Remember we have an administration that has an Enemy’s list and they are not the ones wearing turbans. And this AG shouldn’t even be in the job anyway.)
5. Propose rule making to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
(Here I smell BS. If a firearm was seized means an individual was arrested and/or charged with a crime. If released or acquitted and the individual is not a prohibited person, his property must be returned. Some jurisdictions are already notorious for dragging their asses in returning firearms to lawful individuals.)
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
(Jesus! I almost choked when I read this one. After Fast & Furious and the “It is OK , Joe, go ahead and sell them the 50 AKs”? Seriously?
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
(All of you wanna bet the NRA will not be invited to use the most effective campaigns ever designed for responsible gun ownership? Don’t expect Eddie Eagle to be in this White House anytime before 2018.)
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
(Feel good BS. Most USA manufacturers do a great job producing magnificent safes. One only has to go to Youtube and see the torture tests.)
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
(Oh I am sure detectives everywhere are going “Gee! How come I never thought of that before!. Good idea Mr. President!”)
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
(Hmmm, if it starts something like “80% of all the guns
submitted for tracing by Mexican authorities and found in Mexican Drug crimes scenes come from the United States” I may have to wonder about effectiveness of this measure.)
11. Nominate an ATF director.
(Time to get rid of the ATF altogether. The Alcohol and Tobacco revenue was transferred to the Dep. of Agriculture. Make new legislation transferring firearms investigations to the FBI and making sure NONE of the actual department heads or supervisors get a free trip to become part of the FBI or have nothing to do with firearms enforcement.)
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
(Gee! Ya frigging think? Oh wait… school officials get to attack active shooters with rulers and waste baskets.)
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
(You know they were saying “Mr President, we need to make the list longer. Generic statements OK?”)
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
(CDC could not find squat the first time around so I will let them have it again with the proviso that a strict peer review must be done before ANY announcement of findings.)
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.
(Smart Gun Part…. three I think. The idea of Lawgiver does wet their pants. Very popular with lots of people except for those who actually know guns as it is a very unsafe technology.)
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
(And patients will tell doctors to go perform unnatural acts on themselves…or simply lie.)
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
(Oh so they didn’t know that already? Or maybe they were confused with all the legal carp coming down from Washington?)
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
(Holy crap… I can feel the pain here…. Having to admit the NRA was right? OUCH!)
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
(All due respect, leave that to the local people in charge. They know what they have and what they need. We wouldn’t want a supreme blind directive from DC mock up what happens in the real world just as what happened with School Lunches.)
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
(I have no frigging idea what this have to do with the matter at hand.)
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
(I’ll let somebody explain this and the 2 before on in the comment section.)
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
(This is one that will go nowhere. The denstitutionalization of mental health patients was the great Civil Rights achievement for the white Hippies in the 60s. The concept is so entrenched right now, I doubt they will have support from their side to even get it started.)