Does President Barack Obama really believe his new gun-control measure will reduce gun crimes? How will they stop criminals, since the nature of being a criminal means disobeying the law?
Gun-control laws aren’t like laws against murder. Owning guns is a constitutional right. No one has a right to murder. Guns are objects that are misused, just like any other objects. One could argue that this bypassing-Congress move is designed to irritate his law-abiding opponents.
Fox News reported that the president’s new executive
order actions will expand background checks for gun buyers. Specifically, the new rules will expand the definition of who is a gun dealer for background check purposes.
At gun shows, websites and flea markets, sellers often skirt that requirement by declining to register as licensed dealers, but officials said new federal guidance would clarify that it applies to anyone “in the business” of selling firearms.
Obama’s actions, detailed by the White House Monday, mark a renewed bid by the president to enact gun control measures with or without Congress.
Republicans accused the president of going too far, and already have threatened to fight the new measures by withholding DOJ funding. The guidance, though, aims to achieve a long-time administration goal of at least narrowing the so-called gun show loophole.
Under current law, only federally licensed gun dealers must conduct background checks on buyers, but many who sell guns at flea markets, on websites or in other informal settings don’t register as dealers. The ATF has issued updated guidance that says the government can consider someone a gun dealer regardless of where the guns are sold.
Gun-rights advocates oppose these gun-control measures because they won’t stop at expanded background checks. Gun confiscation is a reality.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who recently disappointed some conservatives when he pushed through a bloated omnibus bill that will fully fund Syrian Muslim refugee settlement, among other things, said the president’s gun-control measure “is a dangerous level of executive overreach, and the country will not stand for it.” The speaker accused the president of going after law-abiding citizens “rather than focus on criminals and terrorists…”
Republican presidential poll-topper Donald Trump said, “We’re not changing the Second Amendment. I will veto that. I will un-sign that so fast.”
In a double-take-worthy move, President Obama shed tears during his gun-control announcement over the children shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Manipulative and misplaced. (At least he mentioned violent crime in Chicago.) No decent human being wants to see children shot and killed, but no mass shooting justifies eroding our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms and defend ourselves.
The guns are not the problem. Gun-control laws will not stop people like Sandy Hook murderer Adam Lanza or determined terrorists from murdering people with guns.