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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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Thu, 01/17/2013 - 06:44 | 3161571 Yen Cross
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 R U  fucking kiding me?

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 09:58 | 3161865 AlphaHunter001
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I still don't understand why anyone other than military or law enforcement should have a gun. There are far too many crazy people in the world to just give guns to anyone.


Afterall, in the US there are what, 40 murders per day? Some countries don't have that many in a year.


And don't tell me "I want a gun and I'm not crazy", yes but that guy in the corner who's not mentally stable will also have a gun, that guy at the bar who's a moron will also have a gun etc... it's better than there are NO guns... if you want to defend yourself learn a marial art and stop being a baby and relying on a gun

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 10:06 | 3161913 Chump
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If you have to ask such a blatantly idiotic question then there's no reasoning with you anyway.  The simplest answer is that it isn't about "should."  It's a fundamental, inalienable right to keep and bear arms, and all opinions to the contrary are irrelevant.  Period.

Now go post some more comments and immediately up-arrow them ya clown.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 21:22 | 3164762 secret_sam
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It's all well and good to have your opinions and all, but ultimately there's a far simpler issue involved. Guns are contentious because the decision represents a supremely "elemental" question.

"Who" exactly is this external force you've created that should be DECIDING what people can and can't do?  It's easy to understand why we don't want to call that external force "God"--that hasn't worked out so well. 

So we call it "government."

Now given what you know about "government," just ask yourself the question:

        "How much of my ability to decide for myself what I'm going to do today should I sign over to those guys?"

You're always free to create and enforce your OWN gun-free zone.  For example, I don't let anyone bring a firearm into my PANTS.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 23:53 | 3165177 bilejones
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Government is the most murderous organization that humanity has yet to devise.

So you believe only government and other criminals should be able to protect themselves.

Thu, 01/17/2013 - 23:56 | 3165180 bilejones
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Here's a plan for gun control.

Let our leaders lead.

Have Obama disarm the whoremongers of the secret service and the the dozen or so armed guards at Sidwell Friends, the school his daughters attend.

Disarm the Capitol Hill police and the D.C police.

Disarm Bloomberg's “private army” and all the rest of them.

Let's talk in ten years or so.

Sat, 01/19/2013 - 02:39 | 3168488 geekgrrl
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I am very far from being a gun booster, but the second amendment actually says that the right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.

Like I said, I'm not a big gun booster, but even I can read. What part of 'shall not be infringed' are you having difficulty with?

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