Part One of this two part series addresses some of the 23 executive orders. Part Two will address the overall idea behind all 23 orders and the spirit in which they were ordered.
President Obama has issued 23 executive orders aimed at curbing gun violence. Some of these orders are outright disturbing. Others make sense. However, I will only touch on the ones that you should be concerned about.
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.
This could be broadly interpreted to the average citizen's disadvantage. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, aka HIPPA, was passed in an effort to keep sensitive medical information private among other functions. This order could be construed as permission for your physician or insurance company to share your medical record with the government's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Taking medication for your depression? Sorry, the background check shows that you are on antidepressants. Even though you are a functioning adult with your condition under control you can no longer purchase a firearm for your protection.
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.
What categories are we talking about? Because the only categories of people that I can think of are criminals and those who have been found to be mentally unstable by a psychiatrist. However, once again, this is another potential abuse of power by Attorney General Eric Holder (or anyone in his position, for that matter). It would be all too easy and predictable for the Justice Department to target groups that they had it in for. If you think that is far fetched, then just remember that these are the same folks who apparently could not keep track of guns they let walk into Mexico that have killed hundreds of Mexicans as well as our own Border Patrol agents. It is hard not to be skeptical of their competence to do anything right. Or should I say to do the right thing?
Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
This screams out as a violation of the 4th Amendment. Concealed carry holders are told in their training classes that their weapons will most likely be confiscated initially if they are ever put in the situation where they had to use them. This executive order would effectively deny that person their right to their own property for a lengthy amount of time and is unreasonable. A full background check conducted by the government can take months. There would be an influx considering how many successful defenses there are a year in the United States involving firearms. Could you imagine how much longer it will take for the government to process the increased amount of checks with the same amount of people? And if they need extra people, then who is going to pay for those extra workers to run these checks? That's right, you and I as the taxpayer.
Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
Now this is absurd. For years, the CDC has treated gun violence like an actual health issue akin to obesity. This is a back door tactic to, as Obama likes to say, "gin up fear" about guns themselves. As if owning a gun makes a person violent. Framing the topic of gun violence as a disease distracts from the real issues driving American's culture of violence. Firearms are not a disease. People do not get infected by firearms.
Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
No one, not even the federal government, has a right to know what you have in your own home. This is another backdoor attempt to create de facto gun registration. Remember the earlier order about those pesky HIPPA laws? If you do not think that some physicians are not recording your response into a electronic medical record (EMR), then you might want to rethink your answer when you are asked a question about being a gun owner. And, in case you were not aware, the federal government has been throwing out big incentives for hospitals to implement EMRs at a staggering pace. So, your answer gets recorded and reported once you are asked. Its a possiblity that you could very well be denied certain coverages if it is deemed that the you or your children live in "an unsafe or high risk environment." Oh, and they know where to knock once they decide to confiscate.
This last one is not some much a concern, as it is a high lighting of what the left pilloried the NRA for suggesting:
Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
Oh really? So, the NRA's proposal for officers in schools was ridiculous huh? The National School Shield Program is completely funded by members of the NRA and would cost the tax payer ZERO dollars with experienced trained and certified instructors teaching volunteers how to protect our children. If tax dollars are going to go to schools for security, then it should come from the individual states' coffers, not in the form of incentives coming from the bloated federal government.
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