Here is a list of the 23 Executive Actions President Obama signed today to impose further restrictions on the 2nd Amendment with my comments:
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. What "relevant" information? Your medical records perhaps?
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. Wait! You passed the law so we could see what was in it, and now you want to change it? This "law" just keeps evolving.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. What information?
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. I smell an expansion of "categories of dangerous people."
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun. Why was the gun seized to begin with?
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers. In case they don't know how to do their job?
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign. Yep! Just like the HHS spent millions to run offensive and unintelligible radio ads speaking in "ebonics" to teach people how to dial 911. Besides, we have the NRA, which does an outstanding job of teaching gun safety.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission). More regulations on gun manufacturers.
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations. Maybe we could start with Fast and Furious?
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement. Another silly expensive "make-work" idea. Analyze what? Here's how many guns were lost or stolen. What exactly is there to analyze?
11. Nominate an ATF director. ATF: Remember Waco and Ruby Ridge.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper
training for active shooter situations. Teach them to stand up and shout, "This is a gun free zone. Please leave!"
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime. Are you suggesting that the police are not prosecuting gun crime? Wait - didn't David Gregory get a pass for breaking the law on National TV by brandishing an illegal clip? My bad.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence. More wasted money.
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. We'll get right on that.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes. Ooooops! Correcting another little flaw in Obamacare. Go ahead and ask. I reserve the right to say, "None of your business."
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities. Right! Because patient confidentiality doesn't exist.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers. Will they be armed?
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education. Because the police are too stupid to know how to handle an emergency?
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover. If you made it clear to begin with, you wouldn't need a "clarifying" letter.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges. Parity with whom?
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations. Didn't they just say this in number 21?
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health. National dialogue? What the hell does that mean?