White House plans Executive Action on guns

Little over a week after the San Bernardino terror attack which left 14 dead, President Obama has instructed the White House staff to present him with legal options to regulate guns, specifically the so-called “gun-show loophole” and the expansion of background checks on the purchase of guns.

The request is a signal Mr. Obama plans to harness Executive Action on firearms.

The gun-show loophole is the private sale of firearms; background checks would be required for a wider range of gun transactions.

A recent string of mass shootings, the June 2015 Charleston church massacre which left nine dead, the July 2015 shooting in Chattanooga which left five dead and the Umpqua Community College shooting in October which claimed the lives of a classroom instructor and eight students has inspired the bid for alternatives to collaboration with Congress.

“The president has asked his advisers to complete a proposal and submit it for his review,” said senior White House adviser, Valerie Jarrett.

Declaring the president has simmered with congressional inaction, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said:

“The working assumption of this ongoing review is that Congress hasn’t acted and that’s been the source of immense frustration on the part of the president So given the congressional inaction, the question that’s been raised is what more can the Obama Administration do, and that’s the substance of this review.”

Earnest also admitted Vice-President Joe Biden had been dispatched to engage state and municipal leaders in an effort to build support for the president’s actions and to encourage officials to consider similar action in states.

Analysis

Once again, Mr. Obama chooses to act as a potentate and move without consulting Congress.

Expanded background checks failed to avert the deaths of 17 persons in the combined shootings in San Bernardino, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado perpetrated by Tashfeen Malik, Syed Farook and Robert Lewis Dear.

If executed, this action will proceed with all the inevitable consequences of drawing the ire of Congress.

Instead of speaking forcefully and rightly and attempting to persuade Congress to find a resolution which would allow law-abiding gun owners remain above the threshold and simultaneously curb crime, the president treats law enforcement as a function of his personal whim.

There are circumstances when, most often in wartime or national emergency, a crisis looms and expansive presidential discretion is both unavoidable and obligatory, a string of crimes is not to be considered within the context here.

 

[The Guardian] [Photo courtesy Thetruthaboutguns.com]