Think Those Executive Orders Don’t Matter?

I would suggest you think again. There is just enough fluff in there to hide the dangers. I’m going to let my inner paranoid (or psychic) run loose for a little bit. I realize that some people will see this as scare tactics but I base my thoughts on prior experience and knowledge of how they incrementally ratchet up the control.


Let’s look at them; first the fluff

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

This one will probably take the form of a campaign to demonize gun ownership but might not gain too much traction. I think it will provide gun owners with an opportunity to talk about gun ownership so this one may even backfire.

11. Nominate an ATF director.

Gee, you mean Mr. President you are finally going to do the job we’ve paid you ???? Really…That will really help reduce the murder rate — as long as the next Director doesn’t authorize another Fast and Furious gun trafficking program!

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

This is nothing but a sop to those of us who see how many ‘gun crimes’ are plea bargained down or away. I’ll be dollars to donuts not a single change comes from this one.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

You mean plans like just about every city, church and school already have? Nope, those are local level responses; President Obama wants a federal presence at every scene; they need to keep a fresh supply of kids available for photo ops.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

This one may be a hidden danger or it just might be entirely fluff. I’m not sure yet. I’ve seen too many efforts along the lines of “A person who wants to own X many guns or Z Weapon has to be mentally ill.” I think they may try something along that line. Fortunately more and more gun owners are speaking out, introducing firearms to others and letting themselves be seen as normal.


Next what I call the Set ups;

these will be used to spring board additional laws, regulations, rules after the hub bub has tapered off.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. 

First the carrot then the stick and it will include information we probably don’t think the federal government should have information knowing; am I behind on my toll tag bill, or state income tax. Anything and everything will sooner or later be a part of the background check. Sorry no thanks, the government’s already in my business too much as it is.

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.

He’ll review it and find the current categories ‘deficient’ and suggest including things like party affiliation, participation in subversive groups (Scouts, Bible Studies, Tea Party), those accused of domestic violence, those on certain medications, etc.

This one will be a really dangerous one in the future

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

This one will be trouble in so many ways in the future. I see it as an attempt to put dealers out of business by overloading them with work. How much you want to bet that the ‘letter’ will include a maximum price they can charge while the system is voluntary?
Then will come a change in law –that universal background check– where it is mandatory and the dealers will be told the minimum to charge and how much they have to pass on to the federal government.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

This will start out as ‘recommendations’ then the law will be passed requiring ‘safe storage’ and the safes that pass the requirements will be too expensive for most people to own.

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.

This will be another pie in the sky dream that suddenly becomes a requirement. I’m sure we’ll get all sorts of recommendations from “Google Earth/GPS” to “Smart Guns” as if people can’t disable technology. What is a ‘challenge’ today becomes mandatory tomorrow and so sorry if the technology doesn’t exist.

Next up – good-bye privacy.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. 

And you just thought the sharing of state information was going to be bad. This will be hit veterans especially hard; how much you want to bet one of the agencies directed to share will be the Veteran’s Administration ?
They will be required to share information about medications, those seeking counseling or therapy….which dovetails into the ‘categories of prohibited persons’ executive order. And your tax information will be included I’m sure; just making it harder for those ‘unlicensed dealers’ to operate, doncha know.


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. 

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.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

Grouping these together since they go to the core of Patient Doctor confidentiality. Combined with the Affordable Care Act, changes in payment for Medicare/Medicaid, etc; Doctors will be under tremendous pressure to report anyone and everyone who may have issues.

This is huge folks.

And worse it will drive a wedge between doctors and gun owners who should seek help for minor issues. People will be less likely to open up and be honest about depression for example if they think their doctors will report them. Or simply report what medications they are taking.

 More loss of privacy.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

Under Texas state law, if the police stop me for just about any reason they can disarm me temporarily for their safety (Never mind the fact that they don’t have to put up their guns to keep me safe).  Anyone care to bet the ‘rulemaking’ will allow them to run a full background check on anyone they disarm?
Or before they return a stolen firearms, found firearm? This is ripe for abuse.

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

Again same issue but regarding ‘trace data’; which will probably be used to inflate ‘crime gun’ information the antis love to use. And care to bet law enforcement officers will be encouraged to stretch the definition of ‘recovered’  to include was at the scene of a crime even on the person of a witness? And how much of that information will be released?

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

Wonder if that report will include addresses of those who lost or had firearms stolen? This will also be used an an excuse to enact ‘lost or stolen reporting’ laws. In the meantime, we have anti-rights cultists poring over the documents claiming every gun trace is a ‘crime gun’ and saying slimy things about those who lost firearms or had them stolen.

Deja Vu all over again

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

They will provide training to school officials but it probably be limited, “How to be a better victim” type for them and “kick in the door, to heck with the warrants’ for law enforcement. But didn’t we do this after Columbine and Virginia Tech and so on?


14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

We tried this before and since the CDC was directed to research gun violence, it was no surprise they found guns related to gun violence. How is this going to be any different?

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

Haven’t schools already been doing that without federal assistance? And Mr. President, please point out where the federal government has authority to provide this money? And oh yes, please point out where the federal government is going to get this money? Borrowing it from China?!?!?!?!

Head scratching time –

These I have no real idea what they mean yet.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

The last one I think means taking money from states with money and giving to those without. Not sure though.


All in all there is some serious problems with many of his Executive Orders in my opinion.
What do you think?

Please join the discussion.

8 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Paladin on 16.01.13 at 15:32

    I agree…. Especially the parts associated with mental health and “dangerous” people being able to get guns. When worded the way Captain Vague does it – who would want to vote against that? There’s going to be a lot of temptation for Republicans and Democrats alike to yield to that sort of word play.

    Its only after you think about who gets to decided who is “crazy” or “dangerous” that the problems spring up. And they will. It seems like the field of Mental Health is expanding every year with more and more disorders and maladies and conditions….. We aren’t too far from finding ourselves in a situation where the fact that if you find shooting a gun at the range to be a stress reliever – for example – then that sort of mentality could be construed as “dangerous” behavior.

    Or maybe someone is deeply grieving over the loss of a loved one – Of course we can’t have seriously depressed people walking around with guns.

    When they get to set all the definitions, its a huge loss for us.

  2. Posted by Maddmedic on 16.01.13 at 15:32

    Own a gun?
    Want to own a gun?

    There ya go. Your Mentally deranged for wanting to own or acquire such evilness….

  3. Posted by GomeznSA on 16.01.13 at 15:32

    I’ve been reading lots of blogs and the accompanying comments pretty much all day.
    The gist of most have been on the order of – well these aren’t so bad, could have been lots worse. Your commentary has been one of the better treatments of each of the 23 ‘initiatives’ and the potential consequences of each. I’m reminded of the old saw ‘just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get me’ and no I am NOT suggesting you are paranoid. I believe that you gave good, sound reasons for suggesting the potential outcomes of each one.
    ‘Paladin’ pointed out one of the biggest issues – who decides whom is ‘crazy’ and perhaps more importantly, what criteria do they use?
    As I pointed out on several other blogs – these are baby steps – but even baby steps in the WRONG directions can have devastating consequences to all free Citizens.

  4. Posted by RabidAlien on 16.01.13 at 15:32

    There’s so much wrong with so many of these points. The one that stands out to me right now is the one requiring doctors to ask about guns in the house. Personally, I already don’t enjoy trips to the doctor, and don’t go if I absolutely don’t have to. This requirement may reduce my visits to the level of “the arterial bleeding won’t stop, even after I tried staplegunning and duct-taping the appendage back on” trips. Then, if asked, I will grudgingly admit to having a Nerf gun and two water pistols that my daughter plays with unsupervised.

    I’ve emailed my reps in the .gov and made clear that there should be a VERY large outcry of “unconstitutional” at this point. Possibly interspersed with cries of “no confidence” and “impeachment” (directed at all of the cabinet members and heads of govt…no way do I want Biden in charge of anything).

  5. Posted by Bob S. on 16.01.13 at 15:32


    That area is one my biggest concerns; great way to sum it up “When they get to set all the definitions, its a huge loss for us.”

    And if you are prescribed in a mild anti-depressant or anything that has affects mental acuity; I’m sure the administration will be requiring that to be reported.


    Yep… never mind the fact that the President and much of the government surrounds themselves with people who carry a fully automatic version of the AR-15. We’ll still be the crazy ones.


    Thanks for the kind words. I agree about the paranoia especially when there is a proven track record of people’s rights being trampled. After all, we did predict that Obama would go after firearms in his 2nd Term; we were just off by a few days.


    I emailed Rep. Joe Barton first thing before I even wrote this. Similar emails are going out to Ted Cruz and John Corryn tonight.

    Yea the doctor visits are going to get really terse and tense for many folks. But even worse will be the impact on the Vets, Police and other first responders who may not get treatment because of the valid concern they will lose their rights……those people, the very ones who would and do benefit the most from therapy and counseling will shy away from seeking it.

  6. Posted by kx59 on 16.01.13 at 15:32

    The ACA item I think has to do with doctors asking if you have any guns in the household while giving you the secretdoctorhandshake prostate exam, to build the federal governments database on which of miscreants in the flyover states have firearms.
    I’m already queuing up pithy responses for that question.

  7. Posted by Paul Kanesky on 16.01.13 at 15:32

    Excellent post…. Valid concerns. Who decides when a person is crazy??? All these little incremental steps, if allowed, only leads to a new level to start pushing for additional controls.
    None of the controls pushed by Obama were new. they just dusted off all the old wish list controls they have held for years and used the murder of 20 children and 6 teachers to push for additional controls now. Remember, you should never let a good crisis go to waste.
    What really sickens me, is the fact that these people know that their proposals will NOT make our children safer and for political purposes they still pushed for more restrictions on honest law abiding citizens. Restrictions that crazy people and criminals will ignore.
    Paul in Texas

  8. Posted by Cormac on 16.01.13 at 15:32

    @kx59… “Is that a euphemism, Doc?”

    @GomeznSA… Don’t sell Bob short…he’s plenty paranoid when he needs to be.

    This makes me wonder how well-versed Alan Gura is in mental health legal proceedings.