gun control: obama’s 23 executive orders

Via Mother Jones: I read the list for the first time this morning as I drank my first cup of coffee of the day. Maybe they haven’t sunk in yet, but I see nothing wrong with the list as it stands.

I’m a gun owner, sort of. I have a little nine shot .22 revolver that I shoot for shits, living out in the woods. I enjoy shooting a lot, it’s very calming. It’s hard to explain to people who have never shot a gun.

Beyond that, I’m a big believer in the interpretation of the second amendment that says that the founding fathers, those slave owning white people, intended for the populace at large to be armed to discourage tyranny. As well as the other arguments, of course, the self defense, and whatnot. I’d love to have a concealed carry permit, and see nothing wrong with states that have open carry.

I also hate the approach the government and media have taken to the gun control argument. “Assault weapons?” Because it has a pistol grip and it’s black? I remember the old assault weapons ban had a provision for a bayonet lug. Really. Because nothing’s scarier than a gun with a knife on the end of it.

But I digress. The original intent of this post was to go through the orders, so I 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 rule making 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.

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 and Prevention 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.

It seems to be focused on background checks, mental health, promoting gun safety, and a few other things that don’t offend me.

What does offend me, however, is New York’s newest gun control law, but that’s a topic for a different post (one which is on my short list to make because I don’t like so many things about that law). I love a good conspiracy theory, but I’m just not seeing the “take our guns” thing I’m reading everywhere. Maybe it’s because I’m politically neutral, I don’t really come with my own bias on President Obama.

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