Home » Obama: “Executive Action” On Gun Control “Within My Authority As President”
Barack finished up the final press conference of his first term. During it he was questioned a number of times about his plans for gun control as Vice President Joe Biden prepares to deliver his recommendations tomorrow. What was most amazing was when he referenced his executive power and stated, “How we are gathering data on guns that fall into the hands of criminals, how we track that.” He also boldly declared that executive action could be taken and that “some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president.”
First, before getting into this, did anyone else do a double take and shout at your television set or computer monitor about his administration’s lack of tracking about 2,500 weapons into the hands of criminals in Mexico under the watchful eye of the Obama Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives(BATFE)? In addition, his executive authority, as far as executive orders, do not allow him to go beyond dealing with those under his authority and those orders he gives may not be unlawful or against the Constitution. Yeah, I thought most of you were with me on that one.
Mr. Obama said, “My understanding is the vice president is going to provide a range of steps that we can do to prevent gun violence. Some of them will require legislation. Some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I’ll be reviewing those today, and as I said, I’ll speak in more detail to what we’re going to go ahead and propose later in the week.”
“I am confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation,” he continued, “and that are within my authority as president and where get a step that has the possibility to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then I want to go ahead and take it.”
What were some of the measures that Obama said he could act upon? “How we are gathering data, for example on guns that fall into the hands of criminals and how we track that more effectively,” he said. “There may be some steps that we can take administratively as opposed through legislation.”
“As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns,” Obama continued, “I think that we’ve seen for some time now that those who oppose any common sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government’s about to take all your guns away.”
“And there is probably an economic element to that,” he said. “It obviously is good for business. But I think that those of us who look at this problem have repeatedly said that responsible gun owners – people who have a gun for protection, for hunting, for sportsmanship, they don’t have anything to worry about,” he said.
Obama went on to say that the issue was not “whether or not we believe in the Second Amendment. The issue is are there some sensible steps that we can take to make sure that somebody like the individual in Newtown can’t walk into a school and gun down a bunch of children in a shockingly rapid fashion.”
“Even the slightest hint of some sensible, responsible legislation in this area somehow fans this notion that here it comes, everybody’s guns are going to be taken away,” he said.
He also lied when he said that if people looked, that his administration tried to tighten up and enforce some of the laws that are already on the books. Right. Can anyone else say “Fast and Furious?” Just how tightened up was his administration? Apparently it was tight enough to use executive privilege from allowing Congress and the Inspector General from obtaining necessary and subpoenaed documents, but loose enough to walk 2,500 firearms across the Mexican border into the hands of dangerous drug cartels, resulting in the deaths of hundreds in Mexico and two United States federal agents.
Obama said it would be hard for gun owners to argue that they have had their “rights infringed” with new gun control laws. He also didn’t waste any and all opportunities to blast gun makers, claiming that they were profiting from fearmongering, declaring that it was “obviously good for business.”
He continued by stating, “It’s a fear that’s fanned by those who are worried about the possibility of any legislation getting out there.”
Obama also said “My starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works. Members of Congress are going to have to come to terms with their own conscience.”
Well my fellow Americans, here’s the thing. If there are responsible gun owners, as Obama acknowledges and there is one person who is not responsible, does it then make sense to punish the responsible gun owners by imposing bans on certain types of firearms they can purchase? Does It it common sense to do that, or is that a Socialistic and tyrannical mindset?
The fact is that the people like myself and others who warn about Barack Obama and those attempting to push through more gun legislation do so knowing the kind of mindset the man has and what his stance on this issue has been historically. It is an anti-Second Amendment, anti-gun mindset and we’ve not only wrote about it, but provided documented video evidence to the fact. It’s now up to the American people if they want to believe a known liar or not.
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