[The Constitution preserves] the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. ~~James Madison,The Federalist Papers, No. 46.
Where is Congress on the Executive Orders which drain the balance of power from government to fulfill the ideological goals of the minority represented by the President. Obama seizes more and more power every day and Congress appears irrelevant. We can expect serious gun regulations soon, according to Jay Carney. It should add to your comfort level to know that The Center for American Progress and Eric Holder have their hands in it as well.
On May 31st, I reported that various sources, including the HuffPo, were hinting that Obama planned to circumvent Congress and pass tight gun laws. At the same time, the UN treaty being pushed would require gun confiscation. Not to be forgotten is that the Center for American Progress has openly stated that Obama should ignore Congress and change this country by Executive Order – this is not Constitutional. Read here: Aimed at Gun confiscation and here: UN Wants Our Guns
The whispers are no longer whispers and HuffPo again has the exclusive. Obama will circumvent Congress to pass gun control laws by Executive Order. On June 7th, the HuffPo wrote: WASHINGTON — Half a year after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the Obama administration is set to release a series of reforms to the current gun law, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.
The reforms, which are being crafted by the Department of Justice, come after a series of meetings with relevant stakeholders in the Second Amendment debate. But in a nod to the difficulties of getting legislation through a Republican-run House of Representatives, only executive orders or administrative actions — and not an actual bill — are expected to be handed to Congress.
Administration officials were coy on the specifics, from the reforms the Department of Justice would recommend or when it would actually make those recommendations.
“The president directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights,” Carney said at Thursday’s briefing. “That process is well underway at the Department of Justice with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues and we expect to have more specific announcements in the near future.”
Just how near? Carney would only say “not far in the future.” Another administration official said weeks would be an appropriate measurement.
When the recommendations do come, it will represent the most comprehensive move on the gun control front from this administration to date. The president has largely punted on the issue since entering the White House, save issuing carefully worded reactions to Supreme Court rulings on local gun laws or bans. Read here: July 7th
The Following, which says essentially the same thing is from the NRA-ILA online site and is dated July 08: Obama Administration Plans New Gun Control – As we pass the six-month anniversary of the tragic Tucson shooting, multiple press reports indicate the Obama administration is planning to unveil new, but unspecified, gun control initiatives.
At a Thursday briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “As you know, the President directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common-sense measures that would improve Americans’ safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights. That process is well underway at the Department of Justice with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues. And we expect to have some more specific announcements in the near future.”
Carney provided no further details on the initiatives, but he isn’t the only one saying something is in the works. According to a related article on NPR.org, U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) said, “I have spoken to the president. He is with me on [gun control], and it’s just going to be when that opportunity comes forward that we’re going to be able to go forward.” And longtime anti-gun activist Sarah Brady has said that in March, the president told her “I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control] … We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”
Rest assured we’ll report any significant developments in the weeks ahead.
Whether they will fully respect second amendment rights is open to debate. They will probably go after magazine size to start but that will be a beginning, not an end. There is no satiation point.