Barack I Obama Rex President Obama presented his "I have to do something" proposal to end gun rights in America. In truth, there's not much there. You can see the whole list at Slate. I want to highlight a few of them.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
This is a step closer to confiscation. It doesn't matter if you were carrying legally, the cops can still run a background check on you before they give it back. It likely, they'll keep your weapon during that time and you may never see it again.
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.
Eileen McGuire-Mahony went over this in depth at People's Press Collective so I'll just hit the high points.
Executive order 16 turns your medical records into a national registry of gun owners. Remember, there's a push to make all medical records available to the Federal government. It won't take long for that data to go straight to the gun grabbers at all levels of government.
EO 17 sets a dangerous precedent of breaking the privacy that should exist between a patient and his therapist. Imagine a patient who is dealing with anger issues. Do you think he's more or less likely to tell his therapist about them if he knows that the therapist will be taking that info straight to the cops?
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
Wait. Didn't the NRA propose that? I'll all for schools having an armed guard if the community wants it but that sort of thing should be handled at the local level, not as a dictate from Washington, DC.
There are a few other things that he wants Congress to do. "Universal" background checks to prevent legal, private sales, a 10 round limit on magazines and, of course, a assault rifle ban. I highly doubt that the House will pass any of those things but with John Boehner on the case, anything can happen.
Colorado Democrats are jumping on Obama's proposals as they craft rights eliminating legislation at the state level. Senate President John Morse is pushing as hard as he can for the total elimination of gun rights. He has an interesting attitude towards proposals made by Republicans.
“But Republicans bringing these bills are starting a conversation and I appreciate them engaging on this issue. I just don’t think those ideas are going to be helpful.”
Translation: "Thanks for playing but we're going to ignore you." If a proposal doesn't take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens, Colorado Democrats don't want to hear it.
One of the main arguments coming from Democrats is the standard "If it would wave one life." I ripped that fallacy apart in the last episode of Music Free Static. Many Colorado teachers disagree with the Denver gun grabbers. They've been signing up for gun training in droves. Sadly, Democrats would rather see children die than let honest citizens carry weapons in schools.
Lastly, I'd like to share this podcast from the Cato Institute on what's in store for the Second Amendment this year.