Obama's 23 Executive Gun Control Actions

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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.

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Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:44 | 3158767 Jonas Parker
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Hard to say with a straight face when your CCW in it's shoulder holster is hanging on the hook by your clothes in the examination room...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 22:54 | 3160943 Fedaykinx
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around here they don't even have to ask.  if you don't have a shotgun and a rifle in your house there's something wrong with you.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:57 | 3158465 Husk-Erzulie
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Whole lotta nothing... I am Andrew Cuomo's creeping sense of unease...  LO fuckin' L.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:26 | 3158204 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Dangerous assault-lists like this should be restricted to no more than ten items.

Congressional-style assault legislation should be limited to no more than ten pages.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 15:24 | 3159031 Cathartes Aura
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gotta love that there are 23 items here. . .

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:51 | 3159478 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:19 | 3158118 Transformer
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The whole thing was an exercise to judge the reaction of the populace.  From what we have seen in the media, and all across the country, it's pretty obvious.  The sleeping giant is awakening.  This is what they are afraid of.  Try taking the guns and the giant will wake up and be very angry.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:27 | 3158208 ElvisDog
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This is the problem the gun-ban people have. If guns are banned and there is sporadic, isolated opposition - some guy living in the woods who says he won't give up his guns - TPTB can handle that. But if entire towns/counties/states openly defy the gun ban, which just happened in some town in Oregon. What do TPTB do then? It's all a bluff predicated on the hope that 99.9% of the people will be cowed into following the laws. When that doesn't happen (and it won't) then it's game over for the central state.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:34 | 3158270 Captain Benny
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The great states of Wyoming and Nevada are also proposing legislation to clarify that it is a felony to attempt to mandate purchase reporting, gun registration, magazine size limits, and various other restrictions in violation of the 2nd Amendment.

Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler: http://www.wheeler4nevada.org/3/post/2013/01/the-race-for-gun-control-in-america.html

Wyoming's bill is HB0104


More states need to clarify that it is THEIR right to regulate THEIR state without FEDERAL mandates and restrictions that violate the oaths of office.


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 18:12 | 3159088 MachoMan
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Absolutely.  I fail to see how this should be allowed to be a federal concern...  just like California is free to ban certain guns and magazines with a capacity over 10 rounds...  [although I completely disagree it is constitutional; it's still a state's rights issue]

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 18:32 | 3159939 tsx500
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Secession anybody ?.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:43 | 3158762 gnomon
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Citizens who have never been criminals are now being criminalized in Blue States.  The Obummer crowd has already overstepped.  These experiments in gun control/confiscation will go badly in the next year.  The Red States will go more red in 2014, knowing what awaits them if the House goes Blue.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 15:43 | 3159128 pods
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Any mention of the false left-right paradigm gets a ding from me.


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 15:34 | 3159076 Cathartes Aura
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Oregon has Ron Wyden, who's very keen to bring drones to the depressed economy (drones already based in Portland). . . they also have Evergreen Air, an admitted see-aye-AE aerosoling operation. . .

and licensed, taxed, permited MedMaryJ revenue.   and a high proportion of the populace are on mind-pharna of some sort, etc. etc.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:45 | 3158778 Banksters
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Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:12 | 3158039 LukeWorm
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Could it be watered down even more ??

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:18 | 3158097 Zer0head
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this ain't watered down at all (other than some fluff inserted to distract), it is brilliant to the point that people actually see it as being watered down

#15 for example

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:35 | 3158272 Sean7k
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Please explain your issue. A report is unimportant. Seeking safety mechanisms seems pretty straight forward. Maybe I'm missing something, so please illume.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:45 | 3158362 Zer0head
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"Attorney General to issue a report"

(the report is likely written already) the same way an asslicker CEO calls on McKinsey to issue a report on how best to optimize the production facilities and 4 months later with report in hand announces the relocation of the factory in asslick Arkansas to Poco Loco Mexico

the AG will issue a report that says all guns shall be fitted with automatic disabling devices, tracking devices or whatever and that existing guns of a certain classification shall be retrofitted..

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:56 | 3158447 Sean7k
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Which requires LEGISLATION. The AG can't require disabling devices.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:12 | 3158561 NidStyles
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Going to war requires legislation too.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:31 | 3158660 Sean7k
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Yes and no. Plus, no AG has ever declared a war. The abuses of the executive office are legion, but they still are being comitted by the President exclusively.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:07 | 3159264 NidStyles
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AG has all of the powers that the President gives him.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:45 | 3159445 Sean7k
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The attorney general is nominated by the President of the United States and takes office after confirmation by the United States Senate. He or she serves at the pleasure of the president and can be removed by the president at any time; the attorney general is also subject to impeachment by theHouse of Representatives and trial in the Senate for "treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors."

The office of Attorney General was established by Congress by the Judiciary Act of 1789. The original duties of this officer were "to prosecute and conduct all suits in the Supreme Court in which the United States shall be concerned, and to give his advice and opinion upon questions of law when required by the president of the United States, or when requested by the heads of any of the departments."[1] Only in 1870 was the Department of Justice established to support the attorney general in the discharge of his responsibilities

Congress might disagree.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:38 | 3158709 lightning
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You are right, but here is the rub.  If you look through these executive orders they are very clever.  Obama is using federal agencies to do his dirty work.  The one dealing with the CDC is also very alarming.  You all noticed how the DSM-V expanded its contents?  The CDC won't be far behind.  They won't attempt to ban guns which would obviously violate Hellar, but they will use every regulation at their disposal to make it nearly impossible for you to get one.  BEWARE - this list looks benign, but I honestly find it more frightning than if he attempted via executive order to actually ban guns.  This is ten times more dangerous because it appears so benign.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:50 | 3158814 Sean7k
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I don't find them clever, I find them to be a violation of the Congressional exclusivity to create legislation. While the Supreme Court has approved them, this means nothing to me. Fascism is fascism. 

Starting from this point, I never expect the government to be anything other than the brown shirt, goosesteppers that they are. I have no expectations of liberty, freedom from debt slavery or any other ridiculous assumption of natural rights. 

The Elites run this show for themselves. The only safe place is in the folds and creases, and then, only until they have the time to chase down the last bastions of independence. 

What I find discouraging is the number of idiots that think they have some control over the system. 

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:46 | 3158372 SheepDog-One
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How much are those 'devices' going to cost to make you 'in compliance'? And when they say 'If you own firearms (we have the list so dont try to pretend you dont) you need to report for a psychological screening test'....then they drag out the file of everything youve ever said on ZH, youtube, Twitter, the internet in general....how many of us do you think would 'pass' such a test?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:54 | 3158844 Citxmech
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Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:50 | 3158401 Goldust
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I'll explain a little for him. The main brilliance is in #2 and 16.  Making info on gun ownership part of your health record.  That is their workaround to compile a federal level list of gun owners in America.  Who needs a warrant to examine purchase records at a gun dealer when its right there, plain as day, in your healthcare record... oh, and privacy?  There is an exception for matters of grave public health concern (if there isnt, there will be soon... count on it), and knowing who owns guns is such a matter because some bureaucrat said so.  Bing Bam Boom, your door gets kicked in.  Of course, this is just a baby step.  They aint kicking in doors next week or even next year probably, but they will be, and they know it.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:04 | 3158505 j0nx
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All seems a little moot when they have financial trails from everyone in the past 5 years who has purchased a firearm, any accessory or ammunition for one via credit card. Banks already sort all of your purchases by type anyway. I have no doubt in my mind that all that information doesn't get dumped into an NSA or FBI database somewhere and easily catalogued with name and address. They already know unless you have made EVERY firearm, ammo and and accessory purchase with cash in the past 5 years.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:14 | 3158576 NidStyles
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I have never bought a firearm with anything but cash. The only thing I buy with the debit card are Fiat Ben Bucks.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 17:18 | 3159613 mkhs
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You think the background check isn't a clue to gun ownership?  I doubt the list gets corzined.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:06 | 3158513 Vooter
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So is my motor vehicle registration a diabolical precursor to the government kicking in my garage door and taking my car?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:14 | 3158583 NidStyles
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There is a difference between revenue generation and threat reduction.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 15:49 | 3159162 Vooter
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Oh, I see--so you'd be okay with a nation of hundreds of millions of unlicensed Americans driving hundreds of millions of unregistered and uninsured vehicles? Just driving anything they want, wherever they want, without any concern for anyone else's well-being? Just running over your kids, and running into your new car, safe in the knowledge that you'll have no recourse to do anything about it? How about surgeons and airline pilots? No licensing for them, either, right? After all, anyone should be able to operate on anyone else, and hey, I've always wanted to fly a 767 without any training whatsoever...climb aboard!

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:20 | 3159319 NidStyles
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Yes, because that is exactly what I just said right?


People are completely capable of self-regulating. What you are doing is telling us that you wourself are incapable of this. That means the problem lies within you yourself.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 18:43 | 3159993 notadouche
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It can be if you continue to neglect it.  Why don't you try it for say 5 years and see what happens and report back to us if your able.  

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:06 | 3158514 Ident 7777 economy
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+1; All your base are belong to us, as well as your MED RECS

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:04 | 3158125 Ham-bone
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The appearance of doing something and taking credit while doing nothing...well played sir, well played.

I think there's a term for this....ah yes, POLITICS.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:31 | 3158240 jmcadg
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I thought it already was?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:32 | 3158679 mirac
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There's always Canadian beer.  May I suggest a king cab or two of Labatts Ice...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 15:22 | 3159013 Cynical_Observer
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American Beer is already watered down. Try our Canadian Beer sometime :)

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 15:27 | 3159045 zerozulu
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If you cannot protect your constitutional rights, forget your beer, your ass will be kicked.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 15:44 | 3159133 pupton
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Anything that you consume affects your HEALTH, right?  Get ready for it champ.  They're already on top of your 16oz Coke.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 18:09 | 3159836 Pumpkin
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Have you ever gone drinking and shooting?  It is an absolute hoot!  Well, except for Uncle Roy.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:18 | 3158065 Pool Shark
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24. Seize firearms from US citizens and ship to Mexican drug lords.



Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:19 | 3158139 Ghordius
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now that could be made illegal with an international treaty as the one that was drafted in the UN

you know, the one that was addressing the international movements of arms

(that's across national borders, for those who don't know what international trade & movements means)

but the NRA went spare, so no way, José

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:26 | 3158199 LynRobison
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Yes, and we all know that international treaties and international law constitute the preeminent body of law to which we must all subject ourselves.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:59 | 3158471 Carl Spackler
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And, what other jokes do the Euro socialist clowns have for us today?

A world currency?

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