Most of you today know the President revealed his 23 points today for how he was going to move forward handling the gun control issue. Not many sites revealed the full scope of his agenda, so I thought I’d just simply provide all twenty-three points here. My comments are in brackets under each item.
My thoughts on the issues he pushed forward to Congress are contained in this video below. It was easier to do the video than type it all out.
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
[Why is this even an issue? Why hasn’t this been done already? But specifically what federal agencies and what “relevant data” are you referring to? I’d like specifics.]
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.
[On this we agree. I applaud him for at least trying to make SOME progress towards integrating the mental health and firearms registration databases. After all, they’s obviously related, whether people want them to be or not.]
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
[How? What incentives? I want to know the EXACT plan! And what do you mean incentives? That sounds like it’s optional. It should be mandatory, at least within reason, but I’d need to actually know the meat of the topic to speak more on the subject. According to what I was able to find out at the White House web site; “although the number of mental health records available to the system has increased by 800 percent since 2004, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office found that there are still 17 states that have made fewer than 10 mental health records available to the background check system. We need to make sure states and federal agencies are making available reliable information on those prohibited from having guns to the background check system.” Well if that’s the case, send someone down there and kick somebody’s rear-end. Give them 30 days to comply or cease all federal funding. Problem solved.]
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.
[Don’t we already have that in a pamphlet that’s pretty much available at every gun shop and police department in America? Besides adding “crazy people” I think we’ve pretty much got it all covered. This is just, in my opinion, a lame attempt to sound like you’re going to “do” something.]
5. Propose rule-making to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
[I’m sorry. We don’t already do that? Why not? Oh, you’re a felon? I’m sorry.. please give that back. Now, does that mean you have permission to finger-print everyone you take a gun from before you give it back? I’m not sure if that’s kosher with me or not. Where I live you already have to have had that done when you purchased a pistol anyway, though it’s not a requirement for a long-gun. I would imagine saying “Show me your bill of sale” and coupling that with a driver’s license would be enough for most places. And those of you who are going to complain… shut up. You KNOW the one bill of sale you’ve NEVER misplaced was the one for your guns. NO ONE loses their receipts for their guns! We can’t file taxes or last months’ bank statement, but we can sure as hell put our hands on our gun receipts right quick and in a hurry!]
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
[Licensend gun dealers already know how to do this. Why don’t you publish it on a web site and just call it a day?]
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
[I’m sorry.. were you TRYING to be vague? Let’s hear a little more about that? Are you going to actually meet with individual gun owners? Cause I’d love to be on that panel! Or are you going to consider the NRA representative of the America’s gun-owner’s opinions.]
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
[To informally quote another blogger “Really? Has there EVER been a time when a gun lock just broke open and then someone grabbed the weapon to commit a crime?]
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
[Again… and we don’t already do this WHY? First, it would possibly mean my stolen guns would be returned to me. PS: I’m STILL missing that Ruger I reported missing in 2004 that you’ve never bothered to search for… But back to the topic, why the heck isn’t this already done? Surely it’s as simple as entering the serial number into a database and seeing if the weapon has a criminal history attached to it or its registered owner.]
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
[… and to the rest of us. Then again, you just issued a memo for another agency to issue a memo… sigh]
11. Nominate an ATF director.
[Were they lacking one? Damn. I bet that explains a lot! But what the heck have B. Todd Jones and Thomas Brandon been doing if not directing the ATF? That is actually their actual JOB title you know.]
12. Provide law enforcement, first-responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
[Ok. Kudos for a good idea. Now follow through with it and be sure a national policy for training is mandated, and then rolled out and put in to effect within x amount of months, then surprise audit random departments to see if the order has been carried out. God, I really SHOULD work in Washington. You bumtards will take 5 years to get this done. I could do it in 12-months.]
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
[Were we really putting it on the back-burner before? Have you watched a TV the last year, at all?]
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
[Umm, they already do this. I’ve been using them for statistical analysis for the last year or two on the topic. What are YOU guys using for your reference??]
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
[Did the mere act of writing that just do this? Once again, this takes a smart individual with project management capabilities and organizational skills….. ie, not a politician. Outsource it. I’ll take the job.]
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
[Again, I’m guessing that by writing this, you just did that?]
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
[Sigh… have you been holding that letter back? Just kidding. It’s a good idea… probably useless but a good idea. How about making it required continuing education instead that they ALL have to register and attend some sort of seminar, or webinar, on the subject. Otherwise, you’re just mailing a letter to a bunch of receptionists who are going to doodle on it. You know that, right?]
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
[Sounds great. Exponentiate please… how so? Who’s paying for it? How will it be done? What are the incentives? How about.. umm.. here’s an idea. Why don’t you hire from that massive pool of recently retired veterans who are looking for jobs and who all already know how to carry guns and use them effectively. We will let them protect our freedom five-thousand miles away.. why not here at home?]
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
[They’ve had these since… well.. forever. Don’t you remember the drills in school? Tornado drill, Fire Drill, Crazy-teen-with-a-gun Drill… Anyway, it’s a good idea at least and a step in the right direction I guess.]
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
[Not sure how that relates, but I’m sure it does somehow…. I’ll figure it out later.]
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
[Not sure how that relates, but I’m sure it does somehow…. I’ll figure it out later.]
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
[You make an executive decision to commit to something? Well that’s anticlimactic.]
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
[Ok… again.. vague much?]
So there we have it, the President’s 23 ideas he plans to implement. Then there are the items he pushed off on Congress… containing all the hard stuff. President Obama wrote letters instructing himself to write more letters, but then put all the important crap in the hands of a divided Congress that can’t pull its own head out of its ass long enough to take a breath of fresh air. At least he didn’t try to enforce these vie executive memorandum. That would have likely sparked a civil war.
In case you’re curious, here are the things he dumped on Congress today. I’ll respond to each of them in-turn once this YouTube upload completes… probably later tonight or mid-morning at the latest.
- Require criminal background checks for all gun sales. (a.k.a. closing the “gun show loophole.”)
- Reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.
- Restore the 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.
[Another stupid idea]
- Protect police by finishing the job of getting rid of armor-piercing bullets.
[Ok, fair enough. I can’t afford to be buying buicks to shoot them anyway. Besides, can ANYONE give me a good reason to own armor-piercing rounds with the exception of using them against the military or cops? I don’t want to hear from you nut-jobs anyway. I mean a REAL reason to use them? If there is one I should be defending, then I’ll do it, but I simply can’t think of one.]
- Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime.
[To quote Missy Elliot “Err-Duh”
- End the freeze on gun violence research.
[Agreed 100% on this one]