Question by Erik: Conservatives: If you read through the Executive Orders, they are actually pretty good?
They are mostly directing the agencies under his control to share information for more effective background checks and do further research into gun safety, mental illnesses, and violence. He even wants incentives for schools to have guards. No where does it place limits on what gunowners can have. (It does propose the attorney general look into who shouldn’t have guns, but the Order doesn’t limit anyone by itself. That would be a discussion for another day)
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 enforcement authorities.”
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.”
“My executive orders are pretty good so that they don’t need to pass through the Congress and be standardized with the Constitution”
He doesn’t need a bill from Congress to tell the agencies he is responsible for how to do their job. Be reasonable.
“A lot of it is composed of things we’re already supposed to be doing”
And now he plans to enforce them. Which is his job. So why so much resistance?
Pat, I appreciate your thorough response. But besides rolling your eyes at the meaningfulness of the Orders, you haven’t noted anything unconstitutional with them (with a possibly valid point on #2). Certainly nothing that warrants that unrest it’s drawn from the Right.
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