The latest Obama gun-grab effort entitled “Now Is The Time” is a disgrace. It is as phony as the tears shed by Obama when he announced the executive order.
It’s little more than a Progressive give-away disguised as “The President’s plan to protect our children and our communities by reducing gun violence.” While the advertised purpose of this executive order is to protect civilians by deterring illegal gun sales and ownership, and does neither; it is a multi-Billion dollar (over $5 Billion) give away, and attempts circumventment of Congressional approval, by allowing laws to be written by administrative departments like DHS (Department of Health and Human Services), you know the food stamp folks.
It’s a sneak attack on privacy laws set up under HIPAA, by blurring the lines of what is legal and what is not.
In other words; gun purchase, sale, and ownership are no longer clearly defined by law, but are subject to the discretion of some undefined agency, or appointed agency head.
For example (from the facts sheet):
“Clarify 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.”
What exactly qualifies as a gun dealer? Is it one sale, ten, or is it just sales in specific locations?
“Quantity and frequency of sales are relevant indicators. There is no specific threshold number of firearms purchased or sold that triggers the licensure requirement.”
So it’s subjective? The identity of what constitutes a ‘gun dealer’ is determined by the government agent in charge at the time?
None of guns used in the recent mass-shootings were purchased from a gun show, yet this is a major focus of the Obama administration, and is nothing more than straining at a gnat while swallowing a $5 Billion camel.
This executive order adds 200 ATF agents and gives them an initial expense budget of $4 Million to crackdown on this non-existent gun show loophole.
The order continues the attack on the privacy of American citizens, which the Obama Administration has been doing since2009 (mascaraed as Internet Security), this time, by creating legal loop-holes in the HIPAA law.
Of these new rules were created by the Department of Health and Human Services, not the Congress.
One of these changes reads;
“Among the persons subject to the Federal mental health prohibitor are individuals who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution; found incompetent to stand trial or not guilty by reason of insanity.”
Which is current law. But what follows is a dangerous twist:
“or otherwise have been determined by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority to be a danger to themselves or others or to lack the mental capacity to contract or manage their own affairs, as a result of marked subnormal intelligence or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.”
Determined by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority?
What defines a board? And who decides the definition of a ‘board’? Who decides who will sit on this board? And what constitutes a lawful authority? Who determines what a lawful authority is? Subjective and fluid regulations can be interpreted to mean a number of things depending on the person or agency doing the interpreting. Subjective interpretations are guided by a person’s personal beliefs as well as their political views.
These unexplained definitions create grey areas as wide as Loretta Lynch’s definition of a gun dealer. Is this what we want; the law meaning different things at different times?
The ACLU has had quite a bit to say regarding the administrations dangerous attack on HIPAA.
“Not only is such an exemption for HIPAA unnecessary, because HIPAA does not pose a barrier to the transmission of relevant information to the system, the creation of such an exemption may increase the risk of inadvertent disclosure of private information, including medical records, thus subjecting countless individuals to a loss of privacy and certain civil liberties.”
Of course the cure for all of this ‘new found’ mental illness is money. Spend more taxpayer funds for something that was supposed to have been taken care of under the great Affordable Care Act.
$100 million of the ACA budget was already earmarked for mental health, and because that $100 million is not getting the job done, the president proposes adding another $500 million to the ACA budget to address mental illness as part of gun control. What exactly does spending $600 million on mental health have to do with the 2nd amendment again?
Nothing, but it sounds good doesn’t it.
That brings me to the real reason for this executive order, the meat-and-potatoes of Obama’s ‘protecting our children and community’ dribble. Money.
Pumping more money into our failing education system (more government paid jobs): Let’s look at the list-
- Put up to 1,000 new school resource officers and school counselors on the job: $150 Million
- Help schools develop and implement emergency plans: $30 Million
- Help 8,000 schools create safer and more nurturing school climates: $50 Million
- Provide “Mental Health First Aid” training for teachers: $15 Million
- Make sure students with signs of mental illness get referred to treatment: $40 Million
- Support individuals ages 16 to 25 at high risk for mental illness: $25 Million
- Help schools address pervasive violence: $25 Million
- Train more than 5,000 additional mental health professionals to serve students and young adults: $50 Million
Grand total $385 Million (in an already gun-free zone).
Again, exactly how does putting all of these social workers in schools, at a cost of $385 Million, make any meaningful difference in reducing gun violence outside of the school building?
The $385 Million influx of money into the public school system is reminiscent of the President’s 2009 stimulus plan that pumped $145 Billion into public education (which largely went to bail out teacher retirement accounts).
The executive order does state part of the cost of this order will spend $4 Billion to “help keep 15,000 cops on the street in cities and towns across the country.”
Even this $4 Billion outlay is extremely non descriptive. It doesn’t say add 15,000 cops to an already overworked police force, it’s just “help keep.” Considering the presidents attack on police departments across the country I suspect this money is meant to impose federal control in local police departments by the lure of grants. If you want the money you have to allow the feds to regulate the way you conduct law enforcement.
Prove me wrong!
Then there are the usual, and pointless research grants (about $30 Million) to discover what we already know – the decline of faith and families has fostered a growing lawless society. But Progressive pin-heads would never admit faith and family is necessary for a civil society. They still think spending money and creating more rules will suddenly make criminals behave.
The normal attack on magazine capacity, armor piercing ammunition (where do you buy that anyway), and ‘assault rifles’. Yawn!
There is a $10 Million request for the CDC to conduct research “the causes and prevention of gun violence, including links between video games, media images, and violence.”
I have advocated for years the link between gun violence, in fact violence in general, is encouraged by video games. Many of the violent crime scenes we see greatly resemble scenes in the video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty.
The Sandy Hook shooter; “Adam Lanza had notched up more than 83,000 ‘kills’ on his beloved video games including 22,000 ‘head shots’ as he trained himself for the horrific Sandy Hook massacre, it has emerged.”
As well of the rest of the recent mass-shooting perpetrators (except the incidents where the perpetrators were Islamic Radicals) according to this article: Mass killers in US all found to be addicted to playing violent video games
I’m not sure $10 Million is needed to research this link (my research on this cost nothing).
One only need to allow local law enforcement to investigate if a gun-violence perpetrator has violent video games in his possession, and how much time the perpetrator spent playing those games.
In the end, this executive order is anything but “a plan to protect our children and our communities.” It’s all about the money. Wasted money – padding the pockets of public employees at the expense of the taxpayer, while lying to those same taxpayers about the true intent of this executive order.
Shame on you Mr. President for exploiting the children so you can continue to fund lost causes.