As you comb through the various executive orders and memorandums that Obama signed into action today, I would like you to take note of the bland nature of this “tough crackdown” on gun violence. I think it goes without saying that anyone, on either side of this “debate”, agree that criminals and those with serious-ill intent should not be in possession of a weapon or item that can cause mass casualties. That’s a no-brainer, and re-iterating it merely pays lip-service to the dumbed-down masses. Items such as nominating an ATF Director, sponsoring a responsible gun ownership campaign, or helping to develop emergency plans for schools and houses of worship are all great ideas, if not extremely archaic and fundamental in nature.
These are actions that should not be receiving national airtime. Now, the argument as to whether the government should be spending money to educate private companies in contingency plans, or offering financial incentives for various actions is an entirely different, economic and Constitutional conversation – one that we can have, if you would like, but let’s stay on track in regards to the whole “firearms distraction.”
While there are some disturbing orders contained within this executive action, such as emphasizing medical doctor’s roles in likely creating a “no-buy” list based upon information gleaned from medical care, and aside from the strong urging for another gun and magazine ban, I am truly curious as to what else is happening in the background that we are being led away from. What is occurring behind the curtain they are distracting us from?
Could it truly be as simple as a weapons ban? What authoritarian regime wouldn’t want the peasants disarmed? The Federal Government has purchased billions of rounds of ammunition, and if they are concerned about something coming down the pipeline that requires that sort of firepower, why would they not want the citizens of this Nation to be well armed, as well?
That being said, my instincts are still pointing towards the geopolitical landscape in various forms. Global disarmament? The ever-blossoming relationship between Russia and China? Indirect blackmail from foreign nations that want Americans unarmed…?
Syria has been in the news for months, and yet no significant action has been taken by the United States aside from financing and arming known terrorist rebels against President Assad. We were conducting a “Libya v2.0” and it started to really tick off the Russians, and it would seem as though we have scaled back slightly. Did Russia offer an ultimatum? Russia and China have offered glimpses into their recent hand-holding, and as tensions flare up over Japan, I am really intrigued as to what sort of danger this might present to the Western world.
Perhaps it is just another incremental step towards creating fear within America; I am sure we will see many more active shooters over the next 12 months, as I have detailed in several articles since 2010. With a cowering and divided population, it makes it much easier to pass other draconian measures to further enact power and control.
As history shows us, often times when the Nation is in great peril, the sheeple turn to entertainment and petty debate in order to lull themselves asleep. No one wants to see the true, ugly, bigger picture, and arguing about guns – while very, very important – seems to be one of those government sleight of hand tricks.
What about the failed inquiry into the Embassy killings and the Benghazi incident, along with Hillary Clinton’s repeated failure to show up in front of a Congressional Committee?
What’s happening with Operation Fast and Furious? You know, the ATF and State Department’s decision to sell guns to known Mexican drug cartel members, narco-guerrilla warriors, and CIA fronts, with no background checks (that makes me laugh), and then “follow-up on their whereabouts” in order to reduce Mexican gun violence…?
Yeah, that operation that killed two US Border Patrol agents and untold thousands of Mexican citizens last year; the operation that pitted the ATF versus the State Department in a race to arm the Zetas and the Sinoloa drug cartels in order to fuel a massive Mexican drug war that I’m not sure which side we’re on.
Regardless, many of the executive orders signed today do little to nothing in actually preventing gun violence. They are feel-good measures put into place in order to achieve a higher goal, whatever it may be. Directing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to “research” and evaluate violent video games, or to try and determine a specific genome that causes one to be more prone to violence is a sick, twisted Orwellian idea. Instead, perhaps he should have directed the CDC into looking at the unlimited supply of psychotropic drugs that American youth are on and whether pharmaceutical companies are putting profit above care. Perhaps, real research into the ill effects of being medicated with 17 different drugs for your entire childhood should be at the forefront of this R&D endeavour…?
I suppose time will tell us all. In the meantime, here are the 23 Executive Orders, or Presidential Memorandums, that President Obama signed into action today:
Source: White House
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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