Barry’s List Of Executive Action
The president got on TV, using children as props or human shields, and called on congress for more laws that would not have prevented Sandy Hook but we need them anyway because fuck gun owners. Or something. He then spelled out 23 executive actions (up from the originally stated 19). And those actions are (with my comments as I feel like it in bold):
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. (they’re supposed to do this anyway and they fail at it. It’s enforcing existing law)
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. Some states actually prohibit this due to privacy concerns and health care
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system. It is a self-reporting system. I don’t mind the incentives so much. It’s enforcing existing law
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. I think this one is up to congress not the executive.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun. I’ve heard of PDs doing this but I don’t know the legal justification
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers. Ok. But it’s not required by law.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign. Yay, government propaganda. Leave that to the experts
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission). This one could be something if suddenly those cheap ass locks that manufacturers sell with guns that I use as targets or to lock the occasional gate suddenly become very expensive
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations. Required traces even if unnecessary for leads the investigators will not follow
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement. Pointless
11. Nominate an ATF director. Pointless
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations. Who will provide this? But not a bad idea
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime. I think there’s something like 76,000 times per year where someone lies on a form 4473 and those are not prosecuted. I wonder if that’s what is meant. It’s enforcing existing law
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence. There’s a law that prohibits this because a lot of “studies” were politically motivated. And the last time CDC did a report in concluded that there wasn’t a link between violent crime and assault weapons. Or something similar.
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. Smart guns? Dumb idea.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes. I’m pretty sure it does say that.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities. I don’t have a problem here
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers. But you told me that having armed guards at schools was crazy NRA talk!
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education. Again, I’d leave this to the professionals
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover. The mental health angle is going to be someone else’s area of expertise but it looks like they are going after something other than guns.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges. See above
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations. See above
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health. See above. I’m guessing there will be a push for gun crime as public health issue.
Mostly consists of enforcing existing law. I was expecting a ban on imports of certain guns and gun parts.
Basically, nothing on this list would have prevented Sandy Hook.
Update: Geez, everyone had the same idea. More here.