Families of Sandy Hook victims, one from Columbine, and others were in the audience during today’s press conference. Four students and parents who wrote letters to the President sat on the stage.
VP Biden said gun measures were a moral obligation.
President Obama said he must keep the children safe and he referred to the school shooting only this last Thursday.
His proposals based on the Biden Commission will be put through, indicating he will use 23 executive actions. He said he will not substitute for Congress and they must act soon.
What he will do by executive action:
- He will strengthen background checks
- Develop emergency preparedness procedures
- Mental health professionals will be given reporting options [This could be a problem because they cannot violate confidentiality but he is ordering them to provide law enforcement with information on potential threats. What happens when they are sued? What about the fact that we are asking medical professional to turn in their patients?]
- He will offer options to schools
- The Center for Disease Research will research gun violence and causes
He wants Congress to do the following:
- A universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. Licensed dealers do by law. Forty percent of gun purchases are done without a background check.
- Congress should ban military assault-style weapons and mandate a 10 round limit for magazines.
- Congress needs to help, not hinder law enforcement. We should get tougher on anyone who buys from or sells to criminals.
- We should put more cops on the job.
- He will establish a responsible gun ownership control commission.
He said he respects the Second Amendment and the rights of sportsmen and the right to self-defense. He believes we can protect people and safeguard our rights. He said he has the support of the American people.
He demonized his opponents and said they only want to gin up fear and ratings.
He used one of the children’s letters to corner Congress on passing gun control. He disingenuously pitted the gun lobby against children being dropped off to first grade.
He did not address violence in movies and video games that helps foster this culture except for a study by Center for Disease Control. He did not mention gangs who will keep their guns. Some of his laws go after legal gun owners and some of the ideas are excellent.
He said he would work closely with Dianne Feinstein on her assault weapon’s bill which bans guns that have scary cosmetic differences from equivalent or more dangerous guns that look plainer but are not being banned.
He ended by referring to the family of a child murdered in Sandy Hook and said Congress should act for “Grace.”
Obama’s politicized speech today:
The following is the list of 23 executive actions via the WSJ. Most of it is comprised of what will be ineffective regulations. The turning in of patients by medical professionals could become problematic.
The President is announcing that he and the Administration will:
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
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.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
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 rulemaking 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.
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. [Huh, why doesn’t he have one?]
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.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
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.
Half the things on this list are things his administration should have been doing anyway. All of them are going to cost a good deal of money and none of them would have helped the children of Newtown.
If there hadn’t been push back, how far would President have gone in attacking the Second Amendment? Am I alone in believing this is the beginning of the erosion of our rights?