Obama calls for “assault weapon” ban

He wants Congress to pass an assault weapon ban and to limit magazines to ten rounds. He won’t get either.

He also signed a whole bunch of executive orders. Here is the summary.

The president, immediately after making his remarks, signed nearly two-dozen executive actions — a step that has stirred objections from lawmakers who have warned Obama not to overstep his bounds.

Unilaterally, Obama on Wednesday directed federal agencies to share information with the federal background check system; proposed new rules to let law enforcement run full background checks before returning a seized gun; ordered the Centers for Disease Control to research causes of gun violence; required law enforcement to trace guns from criminal investigations; and took other steps. Plus Obama is nominating ATF Acting Director Todd Jones to officially lead the agency

The most controversial elements of the president’s plan, though, continue to be the proposals he wants Congress to pass.

The call for universal background checks would extend to gun shows and private sales, with “limited” exemptions for “certain transfers” among family members and other situations. The administration plans to give private sellers guidance on how to run background checks as soon as possible.

About what we expected. If he didn’t want to play Lone Ranger hero, he probably could have got gun rights people to agree to some of that.

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21 Responses to Obama calls for “assault weapon” ban

  1. notamobster says:

    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.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      RE: #16… The Affordable Care Act EXPLICITLY AND SPECIFICALLY DOES prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

      This is in Obamacare:


      ‘‘(1) WELLNESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS.— A wellness and health promotion activity implemented under subsection (a)(1)(D) may not require the disclosure or collection of any information relating to—

      ‘‘(A) the presence or storage of a lawfully- possessed firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property of an individual; or

      ‘‘(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm or ammunition by an individual.

      (2) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION.—None of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used for the collection of any in- formation relating to—

      ‘‘(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition;

      ‘‘(B) the lawful use of a firearm or ammunition; or

      ‘‘(C) the lawful storage of a firearm or ammunition.

      ‘‘(3) LIMITATION ON DATABASES OR DATA BANKS.—None of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used to maintain records of individual ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    Don’t you love being lectured on protecting the children from the man who actively opposed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act?

    • RUDE JUDE says:

      This REALLY gets my anger turned up. I am so livid that this clown was re elected by so many uninformed and careless other clowns. The hypocrisy is beyond belief.

  3. notamobster says:

    Notice #16. Didn’t Congress remove this from ObamaCare?

  4. Greg B says:

    Time to turn up the heat on our reps in the house & senate.

    And I don’t believe for one fucking second the “vast majority”
    of Americans agree with these d-bags.

  5. Pete says:

    I would like to believe that the “vast majority” of Americans don’t agree with him, But I also thought the the vast majority of Americans would not vote a failed leader to a 2nd term.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      It’s the Senate that can save us. The Founders tied the Senate to states, not population. Wyoming and Idaho have as many Senators as New York and California. That is a good thing.

      • Greg B says:

        Don’t get me started on the election.
        With the libs busing and cheating and turning out EVERYONE they possibly could. It was not in ANY way an overwhelming win.
        If conservative voters had just GOTTEN OFF OF THEIR COLLECTIVE ASSES and actually made an effort and SHOWED UP AT THE POLLS, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

    • notamobster says:

      Welcome, Pete.

  6. R.D. Walker says:

    They seem pretty happy about this about this over at the Daily Kos and allege that gun rights supporters have been dealt a huge blow. I am not seeing it. Nothing here bothers me much. What are they all excited about?

    • Uke says:

      Shhh, just let them have their fun for a little while… 😛

      • Buzzdaddy says:

        Yeah, I’m not getting it, either. The speech and Barry’s proposals seemed like duds to me.

        • R.D. Walker says:

          Maybe we should all wail, gnash our teeth and rend our garments in agony over the deep wounds Obama imposed upon us.

          “We are defeated! Woe is me! Obama is the victor and we are vanquished! We are but a shadow of our former selves!”

  7. vanagram says:

    Out of 23 EO’s, one and only one could (might) have had any impact in Sandy Hook. One. This one:

    18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

    This is the only tangible thing that could have prevented or saved lives. Ironic that its the one thing suggested by the NRA–and they were demonized for suggesting it. I wonder if Bronco Bama will be equally villainized for it.

    I also love the PC language throughout to EO’s but even in #18 “Resource Officer” sounds so much more palatable to the left than “Armed Guard” which Obama says he doesn’t want until he says he does.

  8. Austin Kall says:

    Case law:

    Norton v. Shelby County – 118 U.S. 425 (1886) (http://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/118/425/)

    “An unconstitutional act is not a law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; it affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation as inoperative as though it had never been passed.”

  9. constable1664 says:

    Anyone else seen this one yet? The TSA has VIPER Teams at rail stations one day after the violation of the Second Amendment by BHO. With a warm fuzzy name like VIPER they’re sure to win hearts!


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