The NRA is in a uproar! Their members are screaming from rooftops. Why? Let’s see what some of President Obama’s executive orders were… to remove legal barriers on background checks, share background check data, review criteria for gun ownership, background checks for returning seized guns, more guidance on background checks? So far - nothing about taking away your guns. He is also asking to launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign, a review of safety standards for gun locks and safes, improve gun tracking on criminals in criminal investigations, and oh yeah he wants to nominate a director for the ATF already… it’s been six years since we had one. Still, there is no taking away of your guns. So, go ahead, read all 23 of the orders. Then when you are done if you want you can still go ahead and buy yourself a gun. Keep making the gun makers richer and the NRA more powerful. No one is stopping you.
Of all of the 23 executive orders passed there was nothing about taking away your guns, pure and simple. But, what Obama is trying to do is something, unlike what Congress has done in the past four years. While President Obama did propose banning assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds those two things were not orders but proposals which will need to be approved by a deeply divided, do nothing Congress. You know Congress, those elected officials who are highly lobbied and paid off by the NRA. So the chances of the ban happening again are slim. Our Congressmen are bought and sold by big money industries like the gun makers and the NRA and we are just innocent bystanders to the carnage that ensues. But, we have President Obama on our side. He is in an office of power and he is trying to use it for the good of the people like me and my children.
Speaking of children, one of the executive orders was to provide incentives for schools to hire more resource officers. There you go NRA. Who says Obama doesn’t try and work with people?
I understand the argument that there are already so many laws, why not enforce the ones we have. That would be fine, but the way it has been up until now is not working. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are 30 gun-related murders and 162 people wounded by firearms in this country a day. That doesn’t include the other 53 people that kill themselves with a firearm each day. Guns in the hands of criminals and crazy people put us all at risk and we should be doing everything we can to protect ourselves. I am all for saving a life even if it costs the loss of another person's liberty (Just like at the airport, scan me - I have nothing to hide!) And, while the gun toting population out there is screaming for their right to protect themselves, have you noticed you never hear one of these law abiding citizens who are legally carrying their guns actually stopping a crazy person on a rampage? Me either. That’s because it doesn’t happen!
I read a comment today from someone who said that maybe the NRA should stop being so worried about fighting the government and be more concerned about working to control guns from getting into the hands of crazy people and also working on educating gun owners more. That would be a cause I could get behind. But, instead they cling to their guns and remind us of their right to protect themselves. What about my right to send my child to school and not be shot? What about your right to go to a movie theater and be safe from someone wielding an assault rifle? As long as the NRA keeps acting as it is right now we will not be safer. They aren’t concerned about safer. And, continuing to allow them to have any say or power in the conversation about gun control and safety is like allowing the crack dealers write drug laws. They are just looking out for themselves.
Well, I for one am happy to have someone like President Obama on my side. And just a warning… crazy people beware; increasing mental health services is a big part of Obama's executive order as well. He wants to get you help. I know… how dare he!