Well, I guess I would be remiss if I didn’t make at least one post about the gun control issue, given that today our President has signed 23 Executive Orders on the topic.
For those who may not have seen them yet, here is CNN’s summary of the Executive Orders.
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.”
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
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.”
Right now, I feel those are the things we need to be looking at and discussing, leaving aside for the time being the recommendations he’s sent to Congress for reinstating the Federal assault rifle ban and other measures. Why? Because the 23 EOs above are the things that are being passed into law right now. The other stuff is still in limbo for the moment.
While on the surface many of these EOs seem to be at least logical (show of hands for who here wants someone diagnosed with multiple personality disorder with paranoid delusion sprinkles on top to be able to buy an ass load of guns), my first take on them is that not one of them would have had any impact on the Sandy Hook shootings, nor on any other mass shooting I can think of.
I also think there’s great capability for twisting these measures and using them for less than noble purposes.
Keep your eyes and ears open for more coming from Washington DC on this issue.