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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 - 14:03 | 3158495 Vooter
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Well, if you don't have to obey international law, then why does anyone have to obey U.S. law? Or the Constitution? Or any law?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:39 | 3158719 RSBriggs
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The US is a soverign country.  Doesn't matter one slut's fuck what "international law" says, the UN doesn't have the right, or the ability to enforce their decisions here, regardless of what they might decide.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:54 | 3158837 Sean7k
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Actually, treaties take precedence over national laws. That is the danger of entering into treaties with international organizations.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:59 | 3158884 Citxmech
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Sort-of.  Yes, treaties are the "law of the land," but with the caveat that they cannot abrogate the US Const.  In other words you cannot use a treaty to effectively amend the Const.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:12 | 3159280 Sean7k
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To the same effect, but more accurate, is Justice Miller’s language for the Court a half century later, in the Head Money Cases: “A treaty is primarily a compact between independent nations. It depends for the enforcement of its provisions on the interest and the honor of the governments which are parties of it.... But a treaty may also contain provisions which confer certain rights upon the citizens or subjects of one of the nations residing in the territorial limits of the other, which partake of the nature of municipal law, and which are capable of enforcement as between private parties in the courts of the country.”271

Never said it could amend the Constitution.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 18:41 | 3159980 notadouche
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C'mon now you can't tell me that you want law in your community that was drawn up by some prick in France or whereever.   Be careful for what you wish for is all I can say.  Have you wiped your ass with the Declaration of Independence yet or is that the upcoming even by Vooter?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:41 | 3158320 Sean7k
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We don't need a treaty to stop these sales, JUST HAVE THE GOVERNMENTS QUIT MAKING ARMS FOR PROFIT. If there wasn't so much production by the military-industrial complexes, the world over, this would be solved easily. However, when th US, Russia and China (amongst others) are busily supplying all their favorite dictators, rebels and allies, it's pretty darn difficult to slow the trade in international weapon sales. 

Made worse by the resale for profit by said dictators and allies, knowing they can just order up more. 

Laws are never the answer- they merely give competitive advantages to those that write them.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:24 | 3158082 Supernova Born
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Armed protection for students in schools could prevent the next attack.

That is not what Obama wants because another attack will fuel Obama's agenda of unilateral civilian disarmament.

Look at the money spent defending the federal edifice compared to that spent protecting school kids.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:50 | 3158403 Sean7k
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Really? You don't think some whack job can't sit 200 yards from any schoolyard in America and pick off tens of kids at recess or lunch break or a football game? The only security lies in knowing our communities well enough and be active ehough to minimize these types of actions. 

Guns aren't the problem, people are the problem. How do we manage this particular aspect? It will be best solved by local communities and neighbors. By economic security. By parents that are involved and kids that are taught to respect others. 

Civilization creates security through its' laws, mores and treatment of the people. When you become a militaristic fascist state, you have to expect a higher level of violence. We teach it, we glorify it and we reward it. 

Soldiers are heroes here, but terrorists and murderers everywhere else. Our unwillingness to face this juxtaposition results in todays level of violence.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:26 | 3158646 NidStyles
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You are confusing nationalism with society. Civilizations are built on top of voluntary societies. There is no single one society in any "Nation". It is a mesh of societies that tend to agree or get along with each other. Civilizations happen because of the 'Natural Law's' that are formed between those societies, not the other way around. What you described is blind Nationalism.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:41 | 3158736 Sean7k
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Nationalism is a type of society. I have confused nothing. Please find any example of systemic voluntary society in history. Nor did I imply a "single" society- communities are individual, not part of a borg collective. 

Civilizations happen because someone or group has wielded power and influence to create a network of laws and security that endures for a period of time. Natural laws are a philosophical device. They are utopian in the face of deliberate fascism and State control. 

What I have described is nothing more than the standard sociological process of community that occurs pre-civilization and in the US- the current facsist State. Nationalism is but one aspect of fascism. 

You might want to think before you write.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:25 | 3159344 NidStyles
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Nationalism is a systematic method of destroying natural societies to over-ride it with a false state created artificial society.


Civilizations are not about power, they are about cooperation.


You might want to take your own advice and perhaps actually look up the definitions involved and look at historical references to understand this. You are telling me the same BS that they teach in State ran schools that is complete nonsense.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:55 | 3159491 Sean7k
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Nationalism is nothing more than the use of patriotism to further the goals of the State.There are no "natural" societies, outside of small clan based groups.  Something you fail to give examples of. 

Civilzations cannot exist without power and the exercise of it which precludes cooperation. Unless you think forced coercion is a form of cooperation. Of course, you can always consult the people conquered by civilizations to find out how much cooperation was involved. Everyone just loved the Romans, Huns, European powers, the US. 

As for your last paragraph- citations please. You are full of shit. I study history. Real history, none of that crap you're taught in most universities and state schools. I have given examples for my definitions- you are just spewing crap.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 15:31 | 3159057 paterphysi
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How dare you make sense Sean7k.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:00 | 3158481 Vooter
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"Armed protection for students in schools could prevent the next attack."

Really? What if the next attack is in a bowling alley?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:27 | 3158655 NidStyles
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Random hypotheticals do not change the reality that people that are able to defend themselves are safer than people that are relying on others to obey rules created by some external body.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:43 | 3158758 Sean7k
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Please provide a statisical example. Your statement flies in the face of why societies form in the first place.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:27 | 3159363 NidStyles
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FFS none of you have read any history outside of those school textbooks it seems. It's like talking to a wall with most of you, all I draw is blank stares and incomprehension. 

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:56 | 3159510 Sean7k
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Then you must have many examples to buttress your case. Haven't seen anything beyond opinion and bluster, but maybe that's what they taught you in "history".

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 00:46 | 3161220 Matt
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Most societies were formed prior to firearms. Before firearms, people needed the protection of the strong, to protect them from the predators. The United States is one of the only nations to be formed, after firearms. Historically, America has had an armed citizenry.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 21:00 | 3160534 notadouche
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Well, they will all be killed because they will have nothing to fight back with.  I hate to break the news to you but the guy that's going to attack a bowling alley will not be the one turning his weapon in to the authorities.  So that guy will feel like he's shooting fish in a barrell and they will all die.  

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 15:51 | 3159175 Libertarian777
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one thing I find the NRA is completely off course is suggesting we have armed policemen/guards from the governemnt in schools.

So the whole argument is we need the 2nd amendment as protection from government tyranny, yet the very idea of an armed policeman in each school is exactly tyranny as envisaged.

It wouldn't surprise me to find North Korea has armed guards at all their schools.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:04 | 3159243 paterphysi
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You hit the nail on the head of the bullshit.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:03 | 3159244 paterphysi
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You hit the nail on the head of the bullshit.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:27 | 3159367 NidStyles
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The government always wants it's agents near the children, it has a vested interest in controlling their upbringing.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:11 | 3158032 slaughterer
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Now it is safe to pile back into RGR.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:15 | 3158078 Blano
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Gun prices may actually become cheaper now since none of these EO's actually does anything.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:20 | 3158154 ReallySparky
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Agreed this is a big nothing burger.  As usual he is all talk, no action, no leadership and unwilling to take a stand.  Different dance, same song.  Although I keep wondering why they carried on this charade so long and leaked so much to the media.




Disclosure: Heavily invested in Smith & Wesson personally.  Not in favor or gun control.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 18:50 | 3160025 tsx500
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He's just getting started. Just wait until the next (FF ?) mass shooting here in the good ole USSA. Will most likely happen sooner rather than later.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:12 | 3158043 Bad Attitude
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Dear Leader lies whenever he speaks. Anything he calls "common sense" doesn't make sense, doesn't survive a factual analysis.

"Gun control" isn't about guns. It is about CONTROL.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:10 | 3158539 Ident 7777 economy
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Bad Attitude:

" Dear Leader lies whenever he speaks. Anything he calls "common sense" doesn't make sense, doesn't survive a factual analysis. "

Dear Leader, as dysfunctional as they come. 10x worse than the worse psychopath ex-girlfriend.


Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:35 | 3158278 SILVERGEDDON

#25. Impeach any office holder who messes with the Second Amendment in any way shape or form.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:47 | 3158375 Falconsixone
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Just one "shall not be infringed".

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:11 | 3158493 LongSoupLine
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The single best fucking thing BarryO can do to fucking protect Americans from gun violence is to hang Eric Fuckstick Holder by his fucking neck until dried shit dead in a public square.


Fuck you D.C. political fucks.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:19 | 3158607 Glasater55
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WH doesn't know how to count.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:08 | 3159263 zdk45
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How'd the fat finger algo fb gov graph search reports look like? beuler? ZH?  

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:07 | 3157981 Karlus
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Basically nothing....ha ha

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:17 | 3158111 mick68
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Obummer felt the heat and did what all cowards do, he caved. But, notice all the social changes this will lead to, which will slowly turn society against gun owners.

So, in the end Obama did it the Obama way, slow burn. Just like Syria, the economy, and everything else.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 16:25 | 3159346 Cynthia
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The ludicrous fiction that Obama is a “good guy” at heart is all that shelters the bankrupt liberal class from the dark reality of national security state America. We are a nation that has been taught to admire our secret police and fear anyone who challenges authority. Public opinion increasingly favors the torture of captives, travelers meekly line up to be body scanned; and the silence of notionally liberal institutions (universities, media, and the church) is deafening.

Much of this evisceration of American liberalism was accomplished by smiling Barak Obama: the destruction of the anti-war movement; the suppression of whistle-blowers; the enrichment of Wall Street criminals at public expense; and the abandonment of regulatory law enforcement. Behold our great liberal President. When comes such another?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:07 | 3157989 Flakmeister
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Will any Hedgehogs suffer an apoplectic stroke as a result of this?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:12 | 3158045 fuu
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See you do troll.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:16 | 3158105 otto skorzeny
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don't bother-he's a Mossad shit-stirrer

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:25 | 3158187 Flakmeister
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By the standards of this site, you have to be joking...

I was only expressing my concern that some of our more ardent supporters of gun rights might not be able to deal with this setback...

In the grand scheme of things you can always hide a gun or two, but given the Patriot act you literally have to unplug from society to be sure that you are not being spied on.... Where the fuck is the equivalent of the NRA outrage when it comes to that?

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:29 | 3158218 fuu
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Your faux concern was touching, and the hallmark of a good troll.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:30 | 3158238 Overfed
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I wish to God that there was a lobbying group as strong as NRA and GOA for fourth and fifth amendment issues. And property rights in general.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:44 | 3158353 seek
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The EFF is a start: https://www.eff.org/

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 13:57 | 3158468 Calmyourself
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Hey Flak, back off troll boy or Gaia gets it! Thats right, five gallons of waste oil on the fire pit..  I burn the christmas tree if I have too...  You've been warned GW boy..

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 14:02 | 3158488 Flakmeister
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You do seem to be easily self-amused...

Remember to be up-wind and be sure post a YT for us...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 20:08 | 3160340 Calmyourself
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Folks with 150 year data sets predicting the most chaotic system on earth flinging monkey poop accusations and I'm self amused,  pot=black meet flak...

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 21:43 | 3160679 Flakmeister
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