Down the Gun Control Yellow Brick Road we go!
Got this off the site for Fox News, my comments are in red italics:
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. What in Hell is "relevant" data?
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. Uh-oh, as I understand it one of the reasons HIPA was ennacted had to do with insuring patient privacy. For example; a recovering alcoholic wouldn't think it's anyones' business what his problems with booze are. Will this be one of the conditions that prohibits folks from purchasing a firearm?
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. More loss of privacy to the almighty State.
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. What are "dangerous" people? I recall a memo from DHS back in 09 that spoke of portential right wing terrorists who were religiously devout, believers in limited government, avidly pro life, or military veterans. Are they "dangerous"?
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun. So if the local cops take my guns for whatever reasons, e.g. argument with the neighbors, with a "promise" to return those firearms after ascertaining it's okay, will they be crawling up my ass with a microscope?
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. Boy is THAT one ever vague and open to interpetation, especially on the definition of "responsible".
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. More crawling up our ass with a microscope.
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. Another vague statement open to LOTS of abuse.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence. Oh boy! The same group of clowns that routinely hypes problems that are almost non existent in the general population (e.g. anorexia ) to the point that every teen girl on PMS starts complaining they're suffering from them.
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. Yeah just what we all need, some quack who safely lives in a gated community determining if our homes are safe enough. I'm thinking particularly of pediatricians here who feel parents need micromanagement on a 24/7 basis.
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. Uh-oh, that inclusion of "houses of worship" sends up a red flag.
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. Oh boy! Wonder how soon it will be before owning a gun requires periodic candling of your head by a shrink? .
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