Obama issues dictatorial gun proclamation, executive orders

President Barack Obama today was seen signing 23 executive orders on gun control in front of a group of children ignorant about their rights (the orders have yet to be published on the White House website for us to properly ridicule, so we’ll ridicule the whole affair).

Here’s the relevant portion of the accompanying proclamation from WhiteHouse.gov:

Therefore, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:

Section 1. Research. The Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary), through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, shall conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it. The Secretary shall begin by identifying the most pressing research questions with the greatest potential public health impact, and by assessing existing public health interventions being implemented across the Nation to prevent gun violence.

Sec. 2. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 3. Publication. You are hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

His game of “Let’s play take away the guns from law-abiding Americans because a few assholes can’t act responsibly” has yet to be officially recognized by anyone with half a brain. Millions of Americans continue to wave loaded AR-15s and handguns with high-capacity lips and a copy of the Constitution in defiance of the latest effort to destroy liberties.

However, many are now anxious about how the government will try to enforce such ludicrous orders and bans being swiftly implemented (with New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s legislation being called “draconian” by the NRA). The flurry of legislation and imperial decrees now contrast to gun sales have hitting astronomical rates since 2008, and exploding in November/December of 2012.

One way in which Obama is flexing unConstitutional executive powers has been to direct doctors and mental health professionals to ask patients whether they own guns (and how many).

The answer to that line of questioning is obvious to liberty-lovers: NONE OF YOUR DAMNED BUSINESS.

UPDATE: Interesting statistic of the day: the DEA has a budget of $2.415 billion (2010) and employs 10,784 (2009), while the BATF has a budget of $1.12 billion (2010) and employs 4,559 (2006). Obama has just budgeted another $500 million for gun control activities.

The War on Drugs has been an epic failure even though it has twice as many federal enforcers and funding. Does anyone seriously doubt the latest “War on Guns” will be any different?

UPDATE II: Scratch that previous update number, the apparent amount being budgeted for the attempt at a gun controlling police state is over $4.5 billion. The biggest expenditure is $4 billion “to help keep 15,000 cops on the streets in cities and towns across the country.”

That’s just over $260 thousand dollars per cop.

Stephen VanDyke

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  1. Obama has broken the contract veterans had with Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and the Federal Government in general. We had an implicit contract that if we did our assignments with honor we would have future access to health care including mental health without fear of any consequences and have total privacy as other citizens enjoy. Obama has broken that trust because he has ordered this information be shared across federal agencies and the consequences will be severe because veterans will not use the services.

    I won’t.

    There will be many in the active military, retired and veterans who will walk away from any possibility of mental health care. This can be terribly damaging to veterans and their families. We are not freaks, murderers or monsters yet we are being demonized.

    This will include active duty seeking mental health services within the military, Veterans Centers and Veterans Administration mental health clinics.

    Too bad for the veterans as Obama has decided what was once considered private and intimate conversations with psychiatrists and counselors can now be released to other federal agencies. This can be very damaging to veterans and disallow them from legally owning firearms as visiting mental health facilities will be shared with federal law enforcement agencies. That is the goal of Obama.

    I am an infantry combat veteran. Never will I visit any mental health facility run by the government.

  2. On farcebook, I got into a bit of a discussion about LaPierre’s statement that the Corps of Discovery had a semiauto (it did, the Girandoni, but it was an air rifle), and wondered if we could make a modern Girandoni (it was reputed to be able to kill a buck), using a HP air reservoir and ceramic/composite composition, so that metal detectors wouldn’t spot it: think of an assault BB gun, using more lethal ammo. Just thinking aloud, not enough round tuits to actually build one of the damn things, so you BATFE types can go bother someone else.

  3. I’ve read the rules he signed over at HotAir and at the Daily Caller, and there’s plenty to ridicule. My personal favorite is the rule that requires pediatricians to snitch on the parents of their patients, to let the authorities know how many guns are in the house and to label such ownership as child abuse. I may retch.