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The Executive Orders

Again, nothing in here bothers me terribly.  But there is always room for mischief with the CDC and the mental health regs, not too mention the potential expansion of prohibited persons spreading an overwide net.
Office of the Press Secretary

January 16, 2013
Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions
Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:
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.


Regarding #4... "...make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."  Would this include Mexcian drug traffickers?  That particular ship seems to have sailed.

Hey, what's a couple more slices off the Second Amendment salami.  Are not President Obama, and Attorney General Holder honorable men ???  Are not these the best of times ???

Today of all anniversary days. 

The 18th amendment to the constitution took effect on January 16, 1920. That was prohibition.

The resulting gang violence of the prohibition era led to the 1934 National Fireams Act.
 John,  I think you'd make an outstanding ATF Director.  Shall I forward your name?
11.  Nominate an ATF Director- 
This job has been vacant for SIX years, FOUR of them on Obama's watch.  This Todd Jones guy who has been "Acting" so Obama would not face a confirmation battle, is an adminstration stooge who has threatened "whistle blowers" who revealed the "Fast and Furious" illegalities.  More at

Say, how are they doing on punishing the folks who screwed up their gun running to Mexico that was supposed to add to the justifcation for more gun grabbing?  Oh, still blocking the investigations, refusing to turn over documents (that Rep. Issa knows exist!), and providing cover for key people behind the scheme?

The President basically punted, although the mental health actions are cause for concern.  But, the press is touting that Obama has "proposed" the biggest gun control changes in years.  Proposed is really too strong a word, he has really just suggested, implied, wished for, proclaimed, etc. I'm guessing that the WH had some pretty solid polling data that suggested that stronger action might backfire on them.  At least, I hope so.
I found it interesting that when the NRA suggested armed guards at schools it brough outrage from the antis, but now that it comes from our Boy-Emperor  The One the president, it will be seen as a brilliant plan.

Also, the proper response to a doc who asks about guns is either "None" or "Not any of your business."
...and being shy is in danger of being declared to be a mental illness as per the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

If asked by any healthcare provider about guns I plan on asking them to see documentation (preferably from the NRA) showing they have under gone extensive training (and no matter how extensive their training, it won't be enough to satisfy me.) Actually I will just say it's none of their business and suggest that they take the form and insert it where the sun don't shine.
Perhaps some niches could develop for pro-2nd ammendment medical and mental health providers to enhance their clientele by advertising their stance.  Also for listing and referral services to keep track of such things so firearms owners could select safer (for their rights) practitioners.

#13 has considerable room for official mischief via definitions and discretionary enforcement.  For instance any infraction (to include traffic violations) could suddenly become gun crimes to be prosecuted with full zero tolerance zeal if there were a firearm anywhere in the vehicle.  Same goes for things like lapses in situational awareness that put otherwise law abiding citizens in jurisdictions or areas where they are not legal.

Meanwhile prosecutors exercise discretion and firearms charges are the first things bargained away in plea deals when the issue involves things that are felonies with or without a firearm.
Among possible additional executive mucking about is the fact that while "antique" guns are defined in statue, the category of "Curio & Relic" arms is created in statute, but the list is created by the BATFE director.  Thus far, they have been fairly reasonable about it, and only expanded it.  However, it is possible for a new DIrector of BATFE to administratively decide to just wipe the list clean and never put anything on it, contrary to 40 years of precedent. 

New York's new bovine excrement gun law (introduced and passed in the dark of night by their Senate without time to even read it, and jammed through the Assembly and signed by the Governor less than 24 hours after being revealed) does provide some exemptions for C&R items,\.  But, if BATFE were to meddle with the C&R list, the meager concessions to sanity in the NY law would disappear overnight.

Be worried. very, very worried.  These are not rational or honorable people, and they are on a jihad like crusade to disarm all American civilians.  Tyrants always do stuff like that.

And the low information voters and 47% leeches are quite content to let them get away with it, and can be easily convinced to parrot anti-gun talking points to politicians when prodded by the Obama propaganda machine.
Well, according to the new DSM-V, I'm not an Aspie anymore, but just plain autistic. Funny, I thought I was mostly normal. I will admit to having done some head-banging this evening, but only while discussing the 23 items with the weird old tanker neighbor.  I think some of them might inspire a perfectly fiftieth-percentile normal person to bang his head, though, 'specially if he had had a couple or three to drink.

There is not an Executive Order anywhere among the President's 23 point manifesto.  But he did exactly as you predicted, use existing authority to direct the BATF to revise the C&R list. Part of the manifesto:

Eliminate restrictions that force the ATF to authorize importation of dangerous weapons simply because of their age: ATF is required to authorize the importation of certain “curio or relic” firearms, and outdated regulations include all firearms manufactured more than 50 years ago in the definition of “curio or relic.” But today, firearms manufactured more than 50 years ago include large numbers of semiautomatic military-surplus rifles, some of which are easily convertible into machine guns or otherwise appealing for use in crime. Congress should get rid of restrictions that prevent ATF from changing this definition, enabling ATF to ensure that firearms imported as curios or relics are actually of interest as collectibles, rather than letting these rules be used as a way to acquire fully functional and powerful military weapons.
I'd like to see all these old weapons that are appealing for use in crime... 

I would also like to see Congress change the rules so that deactivated but not mauled-beyond-recognition historic arms could be imported.

No one but Arnold Schwarzenegger in a movie (and he's a Sheriff) are using Vicker's machineguns for crime...
They are probably referring to the ultra scary M1 Carbine.  Importation of US M1s from Korea has been stop because they have high capacity magazines and are semi-auto. 
The part of this foetid abortion that stuck out at me was that all NICS info is going to be saved and used by the feds, all firearms will have to be transferred by a FFL. The gist of this is.... ta da!!- instant universal registration!! Yippeeeeee!! Let me see, I believe that governments killed somewhat north of 100 million citizens last century and they all started with registration, then confiscation, then extermination. I will not comply. I will not accept Polyphemos's promise that I'll be eaten "later". My father said it's not that bad "I'll just let is go..." when he was my age, his father said the same, and so on and so forth for the last 100 years. When does it stop? when will the frog realize that they have been boiled and it's too late? Think about all that you've had stolen by the Govt and that you don't even mourn. My father could by a machine gun for a $200 tax, he could buy a gun as a minor- at Kmart, a hardware store, through the mail, heck anywhere. My grandfather could buy a machine gun without a $200 tax (which was 4X the cost of the most expensive machine gun of the time). His father didn't have the govt take the 40-60% of his earnings seized before he could support his family. When does it stop? Resist. "It's not that bad" is the thing that these odious parasites want to hear.
John, I think they'e talking about that bolt action assault rifle you had a pic of the other day. I bet Chuck Norris could get a cyclic rate of about 30 rpm.
I'm not a devoted follower of Ayn Rand.  However, after reading the annointed one's 23 point plan to bring about utopea, this quote came to mind:

"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws." - Ayn Rand

Freedom has a taste and smell that is hard to describe when you have it, but is felt down to the bone when you loose it.

It's the "mental" part which bothers me the most, I being (as I have admitted here and elsewhere) "somewhat strange."  I betcha yer average shrink could think up reasons to deny weapons to Our Genial Hosts and all of the commenters here, knowing nothing about us except what we've written here.
Those of us who have been participants in government sponsored gunfights are prime suspects and guilty without further comment.  MILES equipped training events get full credit in this regard.
Dang, lvn! I have read about those MILES things. Seems like fun to me, and also good realistic training. I believe The Donovan may have officiated at those kinds of war games. So, yup, he too is on A List.
To be fair, the MILES thing is not a completely-faithful simulation of fighting. It only simulates gunshots. Sometimes, people fight by punching, and kicking, and stabbing, even with knives and bayonets.

I tellya, there is at least one person I know who needs to feel the pressure of my thumbs on his windpipe. Oh, would that that were legal! (as a professing Christian, I am prohibited from violating the laws against murdering people)