Executive Firepower

You may have heard that President Obama is about to issue an executive order on gun control. Social media is filling up with idiotic response on the issue and here are a few samples before I start my rant:


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So if I may, I’d like to briefly clarify why people like the above are either ill-informed or outright idiots. First, Obama is not coming to take away your precious guns. Not one.

All the order does is close the loopholes that previously allowed the unlicensed sale of firearms at gun shows, online sales, etc.; doubles the number of federal employees to process background checks (both for accuracy and efficiency, pledging a 24hr or less wait time) and allows doctors to volunteer names of patients that they deem to be a serious mental health risk. Which part of this doesn’t sound reasonable again..?

Anyway, Obama shouldn’t even have to do any of this to begin with. But Congress has utterly refused to do anything about the growing number of mass shootings. Even after a 20-year old killed his mother, shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults and then himself in the now infamous Sandy Hook  tragedy.

So what should a responsible leader do? Nothing?

And if Obama is pushing his executive authority too far, as some are arguing… well, the Supreme Court can make a ruling. And the Congress can block the funding required for the new measures. Checks and balances are still in effect, so why are people hatefully calling him King Obama? I don’t understand the outrage.

It’s funny, because I actually believe that Obama should be tried for war crimes due to his illegal drone program (90% of the people we bomb overseas are actually innocent civilians: SOURCE). His Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is a huge giveaway for multinational corporations (SOURCE, factual albeit technically an opinion article). He also refuses to allow the Justice Department to prosecute the Bush Administration for sanctioning acts of torture (SOURCE), a gross violation of international law (SOURCE).

So yeah, there are things to hate on Obama for. Absolutely. But when it comes to his reasonable approach toward gun control and very restrained use of executive orders, which are actually historically low for a U.S. President…

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And for the record, those that oppose gun regulation need to pay attention to what the ENTIRE 2nd Amendment actually says:

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”



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