This article is from http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-16/obamas-23-executive-gun-control-actions but I wanted to use my blog to respond to the points. I have no intended political agenda: This is just what I suspect can be read between the lines.
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. I’ll let the lawyers hash this out. 🙂
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. This makes sense for many things, as the United States is such a mobile nation.
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 rule making 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.Fair enough, but how will this be carried out? Will anyone desiring a firearm have to pass a class, be retrained constantly? Will it just be a constant publicity blitz, with no training to back it up?
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. That might help…
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations. We now know how badly we need this sort of training.
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. Fair enough, but once you do that, then what will be done, based on what is found.
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.
The medical ones, but especially the last one, I can see opponents of any gun legislation seeing this as the government bringing in stricter gun control then Americans may want through the backdoor. It also has to be enforced. What if a local law enforcement agency decides not to enforce it. When the Supreme Court told President Andrew Jackson, he couldn’t deport the Cherokees to Oklahoma, his response was “Who has the military?” My point is, our country is dependent on different levels of government going along.