President Obama’s 23 Executive Memorandums

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.”)
    [Great idea.] 
  • Reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.
    [Stupid idea] 
  • 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]




5 thoughts on “President Obama’s 23 Executive Memorandums

  1. The government will in the end do as they wish. We voted people into office but quite frankly, they aren’t listening to ‘us’ people. Their mission is accomplished:Obtaining employment in a political office.

  2. Addendum to Number 18:
    I’m all about more officer’s in schools. Refer to them as armed guards, whatever, but I’m referring to actual law enforcement of some type. Having said that, here are a few hurdles I’d like to know how people want to overcome:

    In the US we have:
    98,000 public schools.
    11,000 private schools.
    Approximately 10% of schools have a resource officer +/- 10,000.
    That leaves 100,000 schools that need officers (at least one each.)

    According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, police officers averaged $56,260 per year in salary (still too low in my opinion, but that’s the fact of the matter.)
    Now I’m going to do some vague approximations, but I’ll low-ball everything for the sake of frugality.

    It can be assumed that 1 in 5 schools in the US require more than one officer – either due to their campus-style layout or their sheer size or number of students. So let’s add 1 spare officer to 1 in 5 schools. That’s a 20% increase.

    120,000 new police officers would cost approximately 6.744 billion per year in salary.
    Taxes co-paid (not including those withheld from the officer) would be about $4000 each, totaling 480 million.
    The cost of a police car for each of these officers would be (according to the Kansas Highway Patrol) is about $37,304.62 plus another $10,867 in cost to outfit the car with radios, sirens, etc. This brings the total car cost to $48,171.62 – so we’re gonna call that $48K.

    You can’t just toss a police officer into a school and call him or her a resource officer. They are going in to a vastly different situation than their usual training calls for. They will take additional classes, additional courses, each of which costs their time as well as the materials, teachers for them, and additional fees. Let’s assume that giving ONE police officer the required education to work full-time in a school situation would cost a mere $5,000 which I’m PRETTY sure is a ridiculously huge understatement.

    Now, each officer costs us 52K in salaries, 48K in equipment, and 5K in education. If we just stop there, we can assume $105,000 per officer per year. (Yes, I realizing I’m rolling in the equipment and car cost per annum, but it would balance out with other offsets such as ammo, weapons, etc that we’re not counting here, so don’t nit-pick with me, ok?)

    For 120,000 resources officers, the per annum cost would be approximately 12,600,000,000. Count the commas.. we’re talking 12.6 billion US dollars a year.

    Now, whether the Federal government makes up a new fund or just does what it does now and says screw it, we’ll figure it out later.. either way, WE are paying for it. I’m not complaining, just stating a fact.

    Now let’s figure out the cost to the tax payer.
    The population of the US, as of the most recent numbers, is about 350 million.
    One third are old.
    One third are young.
    That leaves one third, approximately 116 million working-age individuals.
    Wait.. currently we are at 7.9% unemployment, so those people aren’t paying anything. So of that, we’re down to 106.8 million tax payers to pay for it.
    I forgot illegal immigrants – Crap.
    Ok, quoting the welfare and tax liability figures for immigrants from the Certer for Immigration Studies here –
    So 36.7% of the nation is illegal immigrant population on welfare and/or doesn’t pay taxes anyway AND the immigrant poverty population of 16.8% on a national average means.. hell, let’s just leave OUT the poverty figures and use the ones who are on welfare and not paying taxes. That means 36.7% of the remaining 116 million won’t be contributing during a fiscal cycle, so now we’re left with 73.428 million people to pay this bill.

    What was the bill again? Oh yeah: $12.6 billon a year – paid by a total 73.428 million tax payers means we each would need to fund approximately $171.59 dollars per year in additional taxation.

    So, if, as a nation, we want to fund an officer for every school in America, I’ll write my check for $171.00 right now. I’m all about it! However, two points:
    A) The NRA never did their math when they spewed their figures out. They just demanded it without asking who’s going to pay for it.
    B) I’d only be for it if it were a tax passed on to every single American individual that pays taxes, NOT pushed into some bullshit federal spending package that we already can’t afford anyway. If WE want it, then WE pay for it. I’m ok with that!

  3. Tommy, what you said was logical but there is something that seems rather of. In your remarkable post America – Freedom vs Freedom i believe you said that the second amendment was made especially to arm the people against a tyrannical government, or, by what i believe to be a not so far fetched extension, to give them a fighting chance. Wouldn’t it then make sense to give the people a fighting chance in case said government uses armored vehicles against the people?

  4. I like your math, but have a slightly different solution. Good behaviors in this country are sometimes ensured by taxation, and sometimes by insurance. People who don’t drive cars don’t pay auto insurance…because they cannot cause wrecks or auto induced loss of life. I.e. they cannot behave badly (that way). Smokers pay vice taxes on cigarettes (a consumption tax) which is used as a revenue base for many things. These Consumption taxes happen once – at purchase and won’t provide rational funding to protect from a liability that could happen for years downstream. Insurance and property taxes are “holder” fees that occur as long as the property and associated liability remains with the owner. I’m all for the charge – in the form of either a gun property tax or a gun insurance premium. Either way…it allows people to have those assets, but also passes along the total cost of ownership (for bad behavioral costs, including whatever costs one would like to incur) to the people who own them. IF the guards at schools were there to protect from a risk that can come from anyone (knives, bats, etc.) then I’d be in favor of a national tax. however…we all know why this is being proposed and it’s not for Baseball Bat wielding thugs. And if it were, then we could buy ALL the teachers of each school a bat, at a much lower cost. Oh, and, much higher premiums on much higher risks (just as with cars). Including whether the person is risky (mental), whether there’s a risky person in the home, whether the owner has history of risky behavior, for the number and type of weapons they have, etc. These “RISK ADJUSTED” funding methods go a long way towards reducing risks. There can be discounts too (like deep discounts for FEWER guns).

  5. How many cops have died to armor piercing rifle bullets in the past 10 years? I’m gonna guess zero or something very near that. It just isn’t an issue. Meanwhile goblins are armoring up more and more so… Why restrict my ability to defend myself over a thing that isn’t a problem to begin with? AP pistol rounds are already tightly restricted.

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