Here is a list of the 23 Executive Actions President Obama signed today to impose further restrictions on the 2nd Amendment:
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.
UPDATED: Basically, this is a list to try to make it look like Obama is doing something significant. The “Assault” Weapons Ban, limiting magazines to 10 rounds and the “Universal Background Check” all must be passed by Congress.
Weird. Why didn’t Obama have this event in the paradise of gun-free Chicago?— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) January 16, 2013
Had all of Obama’s proposed laws been in place before Sandy Hook, it’s highly unlikely they would have saved a single child’s life.— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) January 16, 2013
It appears President Barack Obama is going to announce a set of “Executive actions” to push his anti-2nd Amendment agenda later this week. Vice-President Joe Biden has reportedly given Obama a set of recommendations, and the actions by Executive Order may only tweak existing laws and give Obama cover to appear he is doing something significant to please his Left-wing base.
POLITICO: The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Later this week, Obama will formally announce his proposals to reduce gun violence, which are expected to include renewal of the assault weapons ban, universal background checks and prohibition of high-capacity magazine clips. But Biden, who has been leading Obama’s task force on the response, spent two hours briefing a small group of sympathetic House Democrats on the road ahead in the latest White House outreach to invested groups. . . .
The executive actions could include giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authority to conduct national research on guns, more aggressive enforcement of existing gun laws and pushing for wider sharing of existing gun databases among federal and state agencies, members of Congress in the meeting said.
“It was all focusing on enforcing existing law, administering things like improving the background database, things like that that do not involve a change in the law but enforcing and making sure that the present law is administered as well as possible,” said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.). . . . Read More
Vice-President Joe Biden said today that President Obama just may use an Executive Order to impose new limits to the 2nd Amendment Rights of Americans. Biden said Obama is considering “executive action, executive orders” and said Obama “is going to act.” He did not specify what those actions will be.
As President Obama meets with Leaders of Congress today to work on avoiding the “Fiscal Cliff,” The Weekly Standard reports he has issued an Executive Order giving small (relatively) pay increases to Vice-President Joe Biden, Members of Congress, and other Federal Workers:
WEEKLY STANDARD: President Barack Obama issued an executive order to end the pay freeze on federal employees, in effect giving some federal workers a raise. One federal worker now to receive a pay increase is Vice President Joe Biden.
According to disclosure forms, Biden made a cool $225,521 last year. After the pay increase, he’ll now make $231,900 per year.
Members of Congress, from the House and Senate, also will receive a little bump, as their annual salary will go from $174,000 to 174,900. Leadership in Congress, including the speaker of the House, will likewise get an increase. . . . Read More
Here is Sen. Marco Rubio saying President Obama’s Executive Order going around Congress to stop enforcing Immigration Law in deporting Illegal Aliens under 30 was the wrong way to deal with the problem. Instead, Rubio said it should be addressed through Congress.
Rubio said what Obama is up to is trying to “deliberately divide Americans” for his own political gain. While that is “common in politics” Rubio conceded, Obama said he would be different, and had a chance to be, but has chosen not to.
Rubio has been increasingly visible in recent weeks, speaking out on a whole range of issues. I think his chances of being Romney’s VP Nominee are going up by the day. He is a fine speaker, and would make a great choice. Whatever happens this year, IMHO, Rubio is very likely to be the Republican Presidential Nominee at some point in his future.
Here is audio of Mark Levin last night blasting President Barack Obama for refusing to enforce the law of the land passed by Congress (Defense of Marriage Act – DOMA) but using executive orders to impose what Congress has not passed. Levin asked, “Is that the act of a dictator?”
Here’s an ominous statement.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said in an interview tonight that if no Debt Limit Deal is reached as the August 2 Obama-created deadline approaches, “we have to take action to ensure that we do not default.”
There are growing voices on the Left calling for President Obama to simply order the Debt-Ceiling raised and base it on the 14th Amendment. Such a move would definitely be challenged on Constitutional grounds.