Obama: I’ll begin preparing gun-control EOs on Monday

posted at 11:31 am on January 2, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Let me offer this prediction for 2016: We’ll see a banner year in gun sales. How do I know this? The nation’s best firearms salesman plans to launch an ad campaign that will produce both demand and defiance, and he’s going to start just as soon as possible, as the Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin reports:

President Obama will press ahead with a set of executive actions on guns next week despite growing concerns in the United States over terrorism that have dampened some Americans’ enthusiasm for tighter firearms restrictions.

Well, that’s part of Barack Obama’s problem. The other part is that his public proposals for gun control in the wake of recent shootings have all been non-sequiturs. Obama wants to bring back the so-called “assault weapons” ban even though long-barrel firearms only account for a tiny fraction (~5%) of all homicides, and even though the two shootings that make this an issue took place in states where so-called “assault weapons” are already banned. Obama wants to use the no-fly list to deny constitutional rights, even though (a) there is no due process involved in these secret lists, and (b) not one of the shootings prompting this has had any relation to anyone on a no-fly list. In fact, one of the perps in the most recent shooting in San Bernardino was allowed to fly into the US, thanks to a lack of attention to detail while vetting her visa application … such as Tashfeen Malik’s publicly stated support for violent jihad.

But yes, the terror attack in San Bernardino changes the equation rather dramatically, especially given the government’s failure in allowing Malik to enter the US in July 2014. It has become pretty clear that in shootings like Fort Hood, Chattanooga, and San Bernardino that “assault weapons” bans and gun-free zones don’t prevent attacks — and that police, as hard as they work, aren’t bodyguards at all times for all people. Even some law-enforcement leaders are beginning to speak out about this, such as Washington DC Chief of Police Cathy Lanier:

So what does Obama plan to do in 2016? Keep as many people disarmed as possible, of course, and perpetuate the idea of “gun-free zones.” Eilperin reports that the White House wants to tighten requirements for dealer licensing, a proposal that came up earlier but got scotched over “legal concerns.” Obama wants to bring it back now that White House attorneys think they have found a way around the legal problems that stopped them earlier. Note well that this is also a non-sequitur; none of the shootings that have drawn so much attention involved an “informal” dealer. These are just items on the progressive checklist, and have nothing to do with the crisis Obama cites as impetus for these unilateral actions.

If these were good ideas, Obama would bring them to Congress. Has he? Nope:

In reviewing its options, the administration has shut out congressional Republicans, who joined with some Democrats in helping block legislation to expand background checks after the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“The administration has not communicated with us, and we have not been briefed,” Doug ­Andres, a spokesman for House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), said in an email. “We will consider options once we have information, but what seems apparent is none of these ideas would have prevented the recent atrocities. Our focus should be on the consistent causes of these acts — mental illnesses and terrorism — rather than infringing on law-abiding Americans’ constitutional rights.”

This brings us back to my prediction at the top of the post. As it happens, I have already done my part; I picked up a new Ruger LC-9S 9mm pistol, a gift from my wife, yesterday on New Years Day from a local gun shop in Robbinsdale. My father and I took it to their indoor range and fired a couple of boxes of ammunition through it. It’s a fun pistol to shoot, and very accurate even in my less-than-expert hands. But that’s not the entire basis of my prediction either. The store was much busier than one would expect on a holiday; in fact, it was much busier than even the store expected. It took quite a while to get a salesman to work with me, and even longer on hold for the federal final check on my record. The lanes were full up, with plenty of Twin Cities residents spending the day having some fun and honing their skills on the range.

If that’s what New Years Day was like at this store just outside of Minneapolis, it’s not hard to predict that 2016 will be a very robust year for firearms sales everywhere. People learned the lesson in 2015 that gun-free zones aren’t, and that the federal government is more interested in political correctness and the progressive agendas than they are in protecting Americans. The campaigns of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won’t be the only expressions of defiance, and perhaps another banner year in firearms sales to law-abiding citizens for their own self-defense might be the most productive of all.

The NRA should have a good year, too. They have a new web ad out this week lampooning Hillary Clinton’s recent gun-control “resolutions,” and they have a few of their own, too. That’s Michael Bloomberg’s face on the currency, by the way:


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First, I will make a prediction too. That the Whig Party [formerly Republican] will do absolutely nothing but whine about whatever Obama orders and will concede with no resistance. They have betrayed us on every issue, and they have about run out of things to betray us on. So this is next.

Second, to Walter L. Newton, with all due respect I think you may have been given the wrong advice about family guns. My TEA Party group was active in opposition to the Democrat gun laws passed a couple of years ago, and is supporting the County Sheriffs suing to get them overturned. We also helped in the recall of the Democrat State Senators a couple of years ago over this, over the objection of the Colorado Republican Party.

While the provisions are not being enforced due to a court injunction pending resolution of the lawsuit, the briefings we got from the Sheriffs said that under the terms of the statutes, if you are stopped in a vehicle with firearms, unless you can produce the original documentation showing legal acquisition, your weapons will be seized by the LEO. Further, the statute is drawn to forbid loaning of weapons without a full background check.

It is not being enforced now. And to be honest, the Constitutionalist Sheriffs are saying that it will never be. Not all Sheriffs are Constitutionalists. But when the injunction expires, if we don’t win, the law will require confiscation if you cannot provide the original proof of ownership documents at all times.

It is, of course, up to you. But I would make allowances for dealing with that situation.

Subotai Bahadur

Subotai Bahadur on January 2, 2016 at 3:38 PM

JackM on January 2, 2016 at 3:36 PM

In medium to large cities, probably you are right. In small towns and cities, not so much. In small towns, cops are more likely to take the Oath seriously. And I have talked with some, and they say that if those kind of orders come down, the badge comes off. If only because everybody knows where they and their family live. The reaction will not be uniform nationwide.

Subotai Bahadur on January 2, 2016 at 3:42 PM

this is what you get when a bunch of petulant losers don’t vote for a Republican because of “principles”

Mitochondrion on January 2, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Nonsense. Look at 2014 elections, who was voted in to do particular job only for we voters who held our noses yet again to watch McTurtle, Boner, Paul Rino and team stand around, holding their %icks, and stating there is nothing they can do (Iran, illegal aliens, etc) or actively recruiting Dems to vote for things like TPP and bloated budgets and raising the debt limit.

MistyLane on January 2, 2016 at 3:57 PM

So what does Obama plan to do in 2016? Keep as many HONEST LAW-ABIDING people disarmed as possible, of course, and perpetuate the idea of “gun-free zones.”

Edited for accuracy.

MistyLane on January 2, 2016 at 4:02 PM

Whatever, dude. You are irrelevant.

Laura Castellano on January 2, 2016 at 4:13 PM

JackM on January 2, 2016 at 3:36 PM

In medium to large cities, probably you are right. In small towns and cities, not so much. In small towns, cops are more likely to take the Oath seriously. And I have talked with some, and they say that if those kind of orders come down, the badge comes off. If only because everybody knows where they and their family live. The reaction will not be uniform nationwide.

Subotai Bahadur on January 2, 2016 at 3:42 PM

This is encouraging. Other unknowns though, even at the small town level, are the responses of the state police and federal law enforcement agencies.

Outsiders, if you will.

JackM on January 2, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Now the Obama administration and the left is acting as if the very system they created is a huge problem for America and is blaming the NRA and republicans.

Sound about right?

Wendya on January 2, 2016 at 2:33 PM

Yup.

Solaratov on January 2, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Something to think about is the 1964 murders of 3 civil rights workers in Mississippi. With local authorities refusing to seriously investigate, the FBI was sent in.

What made this federal action possible was, at that time, most of the country had a clear belief as to who were the bad guys, and who were the good guys.

If, let’s say, we were to experience an American Australia, such a delineation may not be so clear. Add to this, the affects of the diabolical media, who will gladly flood the news cycles with reports of crazy gun nuts, violent right wing militias, and who knows what other bold-faced lies. There’s nothing the fake press won’t do to protect and defend the policies of a democrat president.

JackM on January 2, 2016 at 4:56 PM

Those of us that have a clear picture of what our rights are have only one problem: do we have enough hog to eat them…

Fat Hubie on January 2, 2016 at 4:57 PM

Those of us that have a clear picture of what our rights are have only one problem: do we have enough hog to eat them…

Fat Hubie on January 2, 2016 at 4:57 PM

Man, I sure hope you own the farm next door.

WryTrvllr on January 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Those of us that have a clear picture of what our rights are have only one problem: do we have enough hog to eat them…

Fat Hubie on January 2, 2016 at 4:57 PM

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You are absolutely right.

In 1775, when the mighty British Army marched to Lexington and Concord, on a mission to disarm the locals, the men they faced hogged up and fired.

Has the legacy of these men survived to live in those of us who may be called upon to preserve what they won for us?

JackM on January 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM

People willing to commit murder don’t respect life so why would they respect the law?

Yakko77 on January 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM

cajunpatriot to Obama: GFY

cajunpatriot on January 2, 2016 at 5:24 PM

We’ll see a banner year in gun sales. How do I know this? The nation’s best firearms salesman plans to launch an ad campaign that will produce both demand and defiance, and he’s going to start just as soon as possible,

Well, last month I joined the NRA because of this Administrations’ increasing stupidity regarding gun ownership issues, insane no-fly list arguments and refusal to address Islamic fundamentalist terrorists in this country, and I have never owned a gun in my life.

Now, I think I am going to follow up on my fantasy of obtaining a WWII era, collector grade Garand M1. I’d like to get proficient with it, but I a have a major concern that will never happen given my bifocals and lack of an easily mounted scope. (Aw, who am I kidding, I just want to fire that thing and listen for the ping!)

Chalk up another win for Obama.

parke on January 2, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Oh, and thanks already to Hot Air posters who have already provided me an excellent education regarding the difference between a magazine and a clip. I am already a heck of a lot smarter regarding gun technology than a former major network news anchor.

parke on January 2, 2016 at 5:32 PM

And I can’t stand fishing, so a story like that would not even register in my head. I’m getting old, I have to keep brain cells free for the things I’m interested in.

Guns and fishing are no where on my list.

Walter L. Newton on January 2, 2016 at 1:06 PM

Walter – looks like lots of others chimed in while I was out, so I just wanted to close the circle on this – even though jokes just aren’t as funny when you explain them…..
(so everybody else but Walter – don’t read this post)
You don’t need to know anything about fishing or guns. The running joke originated with talk about the NSA monitoring blogs, and on a thread about guns, I believe Bishop may have been the first to say something like “In case the NSA is listening, I don’t have any guns any longer – lost them all in the lake during a disastrous fishing trip. Never bring your whole gun collection fishing with you…”
Ever since, many of us have been talking about losing our guns on bad fishing trips with Bishop, and the number of guns that must be clogging up Bishop’s fishing lake by now, and such.
Any and ALL gun threads you WILL see comments related to that running joke line. Some of us just can’t help it……

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2016 at 5:41 PM

Oh, and thanks already to Hot Air posters who have already provided me an excellent education regarding the difference between a magazine and a clip. I am already a heck of a lot smarter regarding gun technology than a former major network news anchor.

parke on January 2, 2016 at 5:32 PM

Honestly – it doesn’t take much to be smarter than a news anchor….

How about back thingies that go up? You good on those too?

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Civil disobedience is the answer to the President’s illegal abuse of power. Hide your guns. Make the government search for them.

grumpyank on January 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Hide your guns. Make the government search for them.

grumpyank on January 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

Many of us alredy have.
I sure hope they never find Bishop’s fishing lake….

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM

It’s time to start thinking seriously about state nullification of executive orders. This was not a question addressed by the Civil War.

thuja on January 2, 2016 at 6:12 PM

Civil disobedience is the answer to the President’s illegal abuse of power. Hide your guns. Make the government search for them.

grumpyank on January 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

I do not recall the patriots burying their guns before the battle at Lexington. They kept them at hand, ready to employ against tyranny. When the tyrants came to take their guns, they brought them out, and farmers and ordinary citizens put very capable soldiers to flight.

To bury and hide your guns is to concede the battle, and to fall one by one as the tyrants leisurely and relentlessly disarm the countryside.

The path to victory against the tyrants is to maintain your strength by keeping your guns at hand and refusing to surrender them. Win the fight without a battle by standing united and armed against those seeking to illegitimately subjugate you.

bobthm3 on January 2, 2016 at 7:22 PM

WryTrvllr on January 2, 2016 at 5:49 PM

Some pork can be contaminated with roundworms, which lead to intestinal infection. This infection, called trichinosis, causes abdominal cramping, diarrhea and

other gastrointestinal symptoms, explains PubMed Health. To avoid trichinosis, it’s important to cook all pork thoroughly — don’t ever consume pork that contains pink meat in the middle. And if your going to eat pork, only purchase it from your local organic free range farmer.

This author has about as much knowledge of swine as does Diane Feinstein regarding firearms. Trichinosis isn’t caused by roundworms(Ascaris suis). It is caused by Trichina worms which are transmited to swine by feeding raw garbage or consumption of rats carrying latent cysts in their diaphramatic muscles. Trichina infection is nonexistent anymore except in swine not kept in confinement where diet can be controlled. Swine ascariasis in humans is not as severe or common as canine ascariasis in humans, which occurs predominately in children and affects the central nervous system. There is absolutely no reason to ruin pork by overcooking it to avoid trichinosis. In this country, it is not a threat if pork is sourced from controlled enviorment systems. .

butch on January 2, 2016 at 7:24 PM

It’s ALL part of the same game whether the subject is guns, carbon “footprints”, global “warming”, air “pollution” or the protection of some rare, totally useless and irrelevant tadpole at the expense of 100,000 jobs–it’s ALL an excuse to throw money at government bureaucracies thus expanding federal jobs and power. You NEED us, peasants!!!

MaiDee on January 2, 2016 at 8:17 PM

“What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”
– Thomas Jefferson, letter to James Madison, December 20, 1787

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined…. The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”
– Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778

“This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty…. The right of self defense is the first law of nature: in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. Wherever standing armies are kept up, and the right of the people to keep and bear arms is, under any color or pretext whatsoever, prohibited, liberty, if not already annihilated, is on the brink of destruction.”
– St. George Tucker, Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England, 1803

“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”
– Tench Coxe, Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789

bobthm3 on January 2, 2016 at 8:28 PM

I do not recall the patriots burying their guns before the battle at Lexington. They kept them at hand, ready to employ against tyranny. When the tyrants came to take their guns, they brought them out, and farmers and ordinary citizens put very capable soldiers to flight.

bobthm3 on January 2, 2016 at 7:22 PM

IIRC, Gage’s mission was to confiscate munitions from the rebels and imprison their leaders. These munitions consisted of cannons, barrels of powder, projectiles, rockets, etc. They were moved from town to town and stored underground (buried)in barns and other buildings on private property, and in public property hiding places in some cases.

The “guns” were the long arms owned by militia members for hunting, varmint control, self-defense, etc.

Serious Drivel on January 2, 2016 at 9:11 PM

Order whatever executive crap you want to, Quota Boy. I won’t comply. Screw you.

Demonized on January 2, 2016 at 10:32 PM

How about back thingies that go up? You good on those too?

dentarthurdent on January 2, 2016 at 5:43 PM

Ok, you lost me there.

parke on January 2, 2016 at 10:38 PM

Some pork can be contaminated with roundworms, which lead to intestinal infection. This infection, called trichinosis, causes abdominal cramping, diarrhea and

other gastrointestinal symptoms, explains PubMed Health. To avoid trichinosis, it’s important to cook all pork thoroughly — don’t ever consume pork that contains pink meat in the middle. And if your going to eat pork, only purchase it from your local organic free range farmer.

Tell that to Chipolte. Apparently “locally sourced” does not mean healthy. What a joke…

Goodie on January 2, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Ok, you lost me there.

parke on January 2, 2016 at 10:38 PM

Look up “shoulder things that go up” on your favorite search engine or youtube. A very funny clip from msnbc several years ago.

oryguncon on January 2, 2016 at 11:09 PM

Look up “shoulder things that go up” on your favorite search engine or youtube. A very funny clip from msnbc several years ago.

oryguncon on January 2, 2016 at 11:09 PM

OMeffin’G. I hadn’t caught that video before, but then again I never watch MSNBC. How she got to a shoulder thing that goes up from a barrel shroud, I’ll never know. But more to the point, as a U.S. Rep, she pulled in well over six figures a year, and she was writing and pushing legislature with that level of understanding. No wonder the government polls so poorly.

Shoulder things that go up. Lolz.

parke on January 3, 2016 at 12:04 AM

I am all for Gun Control
Never register you firearms or tell them what you have
THAT’S Gun Control

IXXINY on January 3, 2016 at 12:07 AM

Hide your guns. Make the government search for them.
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grumpyank on January 2, 2016 at 6:09 PM

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Many of us alredy have.
I sure hope they never find Bishop’s fishing lake….
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dentarthurdent on January 2, 2016 at 6:11 PM

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If there’s as much steel in there as he says there is, they can probably find it/them with a compass.

listens2glenn on January 3, 2016 at 12:40 AM

who cares about what obama does anymore?

Pragmatic on January 3, 2016 at 9:35 AM

People need to stop using the phrase “Second Amendment Rights”. “Second Amendment Constraints” would be more accurate as it does not guarantee rights but rather prevents the government from infringing on those rights. It seems like a minor detail but could have major consequences.

trs on January 3, 2016 at 11:09 AM

Come and take it.

long_cat on January 3, 2016 at 5:07 PM

who cares about what obama does anymore?
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Pragmatic on January 3, 2016 at 9:35 AM

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Anyone who is going to be negatively impacted, by anything he does.

If that excludes you, then HEY … you’re in the clear … don’t worry about it.

Unfortunately, some us here are NOT excluded…

listens2glenn on January 3, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Love my little Ruger LC9s

mazer9 on January 5, 2016 at 12:37 PM