Have better words ever been uttered? “The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama’s agenda to regulate guns by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.” The votes failed due to bipartisan efforts either on the vote or the proposed amendments. Naughty or nice, we know the anti gunners penchant for never letting a crisis go to waste. This vote was just the latest example. They say two things are certain, death and taxes. We can add another one to the list, the gun control crowd’s shameless attempts to use every tragedy to advance their political agenda.
And why shouldn’t they? The President has said and repeated many times, “Mass shootings are something we should politicize” and “It is too easy to commit violence.” Yesterday’s vote was only the first salvo. The anti gunners are lining up and taking aim at the Second Amendment. President Obama has already declared his failure to enact more restrictive gun control measures, threatening to use his pen to do what Congress refuses.
Putting the Gun Genie Back in the Bottle
Obama and the anti gunners’ problem is that there are somewhere between 200 and 300 million guns in the hands of U.S. citizens and about 12 trillion rounds of ammunition by some estimates. If guns in the hands of people were the problem, Congress would not be debating the issue; distorted facts and faulty claims would not be necessary.
President Obama released his plan back in 2013 to address gun violence in the nation. The initiative consisted of 23 executive actions and three presidential memoranda. Many parts of the plan would have significant effects on states.
- Require background checks for all gun sales and strengthen the background check system. This would include removing barriers under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act so that states may more freely share information about mental health issues involving potential gun purchasers.
- Provide states with monetary incentives for sharing information so records of criminal history and people prohibited from gun ownership due to mental health reasons are more available.
- Ban “military-style” assault weapons and limit magazines to a capacity of 10 rounds.
- Provide additional tools to law enforcement. The plan proposes a crackdown on gun trafficking by asking Congress to pass legislation that closes “loopholes” in gun trafficking laws and establishes strict penalties for “straw purchasers” who pass a background check and then pass guns on to prohibited people.
- Urge Congress to pass the administration’s $4 billion proposal to keep 15,000 state and local police officers on the street to help deter gun crime.
- Maximize efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime. The President calls upon the attorney general to work with U.S. attorneys across the country to determine gaps occurring in this area and where supplemental resources are appropriate.
- Provide training for “active shooter” situations to 14,000 law enforcement, first responders and school officials.
- Direct the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to issue a statement to health care providers that they are not prohibited by federal law from reporting threats of violence to the proper authorities.
- Launch a national gun safety campaign to encourage responsible gun ownership and authorizes the Consumer Product Safety Commission to examine issues relating to gun safety locks.
- Help schools invest in safety. The President’s plan calls for more school resource officers and counselors in all schools through the Community Oriented Policing Services hiring program. The plan also calls for the federal government to assist schools in developing emergency management plans.
- Improves mental health awareness through enhanced teacher training and referrals for treatment. The plan calls for the training of 5,000 additional mental health professionals nationwide. The plan also calls for coverage of mental health treatment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
What has the result been? Rhetoric, distortions, and lies that vilify and target the rights of law-abiding gun owners while doing little to nothing to those who wish to do evil. “Paris was a ‘setback,'” “ISIS is contained,” “Al Qaeda is on the run,” “ISIS is a JV team”—can we believe anything he says about guns being too easy to own? The most likely areas to watch would be another attempt to expand background checks. Sure, it was just defeated (again), but remember, Harry Reid weighed in after he was sure the vote would defeat the bill so he could get another bite at the apple at a later date. The antis are not done with this one.
The President may also try to limit online sales of firearms and ammo. Given the record Black Friday sales with 185,000+ requests, I would say the people are not behind this proposal, but it only takes one President and/or 51 Senators…
Our best defense is to get involved and vote. We need lawmakers who are strong supports and defenders of the Second Amendment. We need strong groups such as the NRA, SAF, and NAGR and the membership to support them.