WASHINGTON — Faced with a Congress hostile to even slight restrictions of Second Amendment rights, the Obama administration is exploring potential changes to gun laws that can be secured strictly through executive action, administration officials say.
There’s a word for that. It’s “Ukase.” If the legally elected representatives of the people don’t pass the laws you want, just issue them by fiat.
Re-read that sentence and replace the word “second” with “first” or “fifth.” Why is the reaction any different when it’s about the second?
The Department of Justice held the first in what is expected to be a series of meetings on Tuesday afternoon with a group of stakeholders in the ongoing gun-policy debates. Before the meeting, officials said part of the discussion was expected to center around the White House’s options for shaping policy on its own or through its adjoining agencies and departments — on issues ranging from beefing up background checks to encouraging better data-sharing.
To be declared, defined and enforced by one or more of the the 20-some extra-constitutional, unaccountable “Czars” he has appointed, no doubt (see “Ukase” above). Also note, none of the “stakeholders” present was anyone from the gun rights/second amendment side of the debate.
Administration officials said talk of executive orders or agency action are among a host of options that President Barack Obama and his advisers are considering. “The purpose of these discussions is to be a productive exchange of good ideas from folks across the spectrum,” one official said. “We think that’s a good place to start.”
That’s a good place to start. Because you sure as hell know he ain’t gonna stop there. This is part of the iWon’s Modus Operandi. Do whatever he wants, make extra-constitutional laws and edicts, and then dare anyone to call him on it.
Earlier in the day, House Democrats joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to offer another possible starting point, announcing legislation that would make fundamental changes to the nation’s gun background check system. Sponsored by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), a longtime gun control advocate, the bill mirrors one introduced late last month by another New York Democrat, Sen. Chuck Schumer.
Yeah, that’s a true representation of all the “stakeholders” in this matter. Shit, if he could have dug up Howard Metzenbaum and propped him in a chair, he would’ve been sitting there too.
“Too often, any serious discussion about guns devolves into ideological arguments that have nothing to do with the real problem,” Bloomberg, a co-founder of the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told reporters at a press event outside the Capitol. “Our coalition strongly believes in the Second Amendment. We also know from experience that we can keep guns away from dangerous people without imposing burdens on law-abiding gun owners."
Really? You know from experience?! Because New York and Chicago are so safe? Please, point to one – JUST ONE – instance in the entire history of human existence that
gun weapons control has (a) made the populace at large “safe,” and (b) has kept weapons out of the hands of “dangerous people.” Oh, and then throw in the whole “without imposing burdens on law-abiding gun owners” part.
Go ahead…We’ll wait.
That’s what I thought.
For gun control advocates, however, executive action remains a more promising — albeit more limited — vehicle for reform than Congress. On Monday, The Huffington Post first reported that the Justice Department was convening meetings with groups from across the ideological spectrum in an effort to chart potential policy changes to Second Amendment law.
That must be the spectrum that goes from “Progressive” all the way to “Communism” – do not pass “Constitutionalism.” Because every single person quoted in this article has a “D” after their name. Every single one has fought their entire career for more gun control (and behavior control).
Gaah. Go read the whole thing as long as you haven’t had your lunch yet…