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The will of the people

We don’t need representation:

Faced with a Congress hostile to even slight restrictions of Second Amendment rights, the Obama administration is exploring potential changes to gun laws that can be secured strictly through executive action, administration officials say.

The Department of Justice held the first in what is expected to be a series of meetings on Tuesday afternoon with a group of stakeholders in the ongoing gun-policy debates. Before the meeting, officials said part of the discussion was expected to center around the White House’s options for shaping policy on its own or through its adjoining agencies and departments — on issues ranging from beefing up background checks to encouraging better data-sharing.

Do the stakeholders include folks standing up for gun rights? NRA has said they won’t meet since they have little to gain and it’s all about them giving up ground.

27 Responses to “The will of the people”

  1. BobG Says:

    I wish someone would tell that idiot that he was elected president, not king.

  2. chris Says:

    “Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Kinda cool.”

    So said Paul Begalla.

    This is what to expect during a 2d Obama term.

  3. anon Says:

    The NRA should go to the meeting.
    With a list of demands:
    Repeal Lautenberg Amendment
    National Constitutional Carry
    Deregulate Suppressors
    Deregulate SBRs
    Repeal GCA ’86
    Defund the ATF

  4. Bryan S. Says:

    I dont see the NRA going after anything that isnt easy pickings, or trying to keep the ground they have now. its a lobbying organization, and they think they have to play the age old washington game.

  5. Gunmart Says:

    Look for this method of attack (and I do mean attack) to be used in other areas as well. This is exactly why the founding fathers originally gave such limited power to the presidency.

    Also remember that its not just Obama to blame for this. Many other presidents that came before him laid the ground work by consolidating more and more power in the presidency over the years.

    I weep for my country.

  6. Tam Says:

    Damn George Bush and his Imperial Executive overreach!

  7. North Says:

    QotD to Tam.

  8. Paul B Says:

    It is sad indeed to see this country go the direction every third world democracy has gone. It did take us 250 or so years to screw the pooch beyond all belief.

    Tam is getting her groove on.

  9. Bryan S. Says:

    Actually, Tam, yes. Just because Obama is doing it now, doesn’t make what GWB did any better. He was the father of the DHS… gigantic overreach.

  10. Tam Says:

    Bryan S.,

    Actually, Tam, yes. Just because Obama is doing it now, doesnít make what GWB did any better.

    Read what I actually wrote instead of what you think I wrote. Keep doing it until you achieve enlightenment, Grasshopper.


  11. Robert Says:

    I’m all for going in with a list of demands to make things simpler and better, starting with abolishing the BATFE and ending with National Open Carry. For the children!

  12. Ted N(not the Nuge) Says:

    I just wanna move to Grainne.

  13. Borepatch Says:

    Can you imagine the furore in the Press if Bush had tried this, say on abortion? The votes aren’t there, so quick gin up some regulations …

    Interesting how the Usual Suspects in the Fourth Estate are quiet as churchmice on this.

  14. Gunmart Says:

    I wasnt trying to drag Bush into this… The Imperial Presidency started long before even his dad

  15. Bram Says:

    Thank goodness everything is calm overseas and our economy is cranking – so the Administration has free time to spend on gun issues.

  16. SeaDrive Says:

    Good grief. It’s the Huffington Post for God’s sake. Why take it seriously. They are trying to put a positive spin on Obama’s statement that he wasn’t going to push for gun control legislation (probably because it wasn’t going to work).

  17. ATL Says:

    He never respected the Conitution when he was running for President, why should he respect it now?

  18. ATL Says:

    By “Conitution” I mean that thing that makes Joe Biden say all those wonderful and witty things!

  19. Justthisguy Says:

    I am with Ted N here. I just wish the place had more oxy in its atmosphere, or that I had quit smoking sooner.

    Actually I think I might prefer Capella IV, aka New Texas.

  20. Phelps Says:

    I think that the “how much can we do through EO” question was answered in Heller — very little.

  21. Pete Delorne Says:

    I think I’m just about ready to jump ship and move to Canada…ok, maybe more like Iceland

  22. Ron W Says:

    Let Barry disarm his hired guns and lead by example.

    The NRA should go with the demand, that whatever federal gun laws apply to the people, also apply to the President and all other government officials and agents according “to the equal protection of the laws” in the 14th Amendment, which along with the 13th, ended slavery. Surely Barry opposes slavery??

  23. DirtCrashr Says:

    Didn’t the Imperial presidency start in Camelot?

  24. Bryan S. Says:

    Tam, Sorry, it smells of sarcasm, where many people sit there and go and imply that either 1. Everything can be blamed on GWB (as a play on the last presidential press coverage) or 2. Implying that things were so much better with GWB as president.

    When I see that sort of comment on a firearms site, I have a hard time not seeing sarcasm.

    Fair nuff? My bad.

  25. Standard Mischief Says:

    >Actually I think I might prefer Capella IV, aka New Texas.

    about Ceres?

    (Ookay, it’s just a pretty cool web-comic about a self-organizing wookietopian society in the asteroid belt in the future.)

  26. Mike Says:

    I suppose NRA could go to Congress or the WH and demand these items (Repeal Lautenberg Amendment, National Constitutional Carry, Deregulate Suppressors, Deregulate SBRs, Repeal GCA í86,
    Defund the ATF), but none have them have a snowballs chance in hell of being enacted into law in this Congress. In fact, none of these items would have passed when the Repubs controlled the House/Senate and WH in 2006.

  27. bob r Says:

    Didnít the Imperial presidency start in Camelot?

    No. The first Roosevelt (TR – 1006 EO) really kicked it off but the second one (FDR – 3728 EO) might be accused of starting the “Imperial” presidency. See The Use and Abuse of Executive Orders and Other Presidential Directives and a chart.

    Kennedy only issued 214 EO.