It Must Be Squirrel Season!

Barack Obama, Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes, Grant Fritz

Obama unveils gun-control proposals

President Obama on Wednesday formally proposed the most expansive gun-control policies in generations and initiated 23 separate executive actions aimed at curbing what he called “the epidemic of gun violence in this country.”

While no legislation can prevent every tragedy, he said in announcing the proposals, “if there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there’s even one life that can be saved, then we’ve got an obligation to try.”

Obama called on Congress to swiftly pass legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines for civilian use and to require universal background checks for all gun buyers. Obama’s proposals include mental health and school safety measures, as well as a tough new crackdown on gun trafficking.

Obama spoke in a White House ceremony to formally unveil the proposals and to sign executive orders and paperwork initiating immediate administrative actions, including steps to strengthen the existing background-check system, promote research on gun violence and provide training in dealing with “active shooter situations.”

Taken together, the gun-control proposals rank among Obama’s most ambitious legislative projects, along with his fiscal stimulus package, his health-care law and Wall Street regulations — all achieved when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress. Administration officials said Wednesday that the proposals do not represent specific legislation. But they said that in the coming weeks, the White House would be working with members of a divided Congress to develop bills to implement as much of the package as possible.

I guess I slept through another Obama speech this morning. I hear Hairplug Joe made a few remarks too. Oh well.

This don’t make no sense. As of next week Obama is officially a lame-duck. Historically, second-term presidents don’t have much luck passing anything ambitious as far as new legislation. Gun control is still unpopular. There are some tough budget battles coming up.

So why is Obama wasting his ammo on this issue?

I know! It must be squirrel season! And gun control is a big, fat, furry squirrel.

(You didn’t really think Obama was taking a bold stand based on deeply held principles, did you?)

Go ahead, make my day!

Go ahead, make my day!

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45 Responses to It Must Be Squirrel Season!

  1. votermom says:

    I like the skeptical expression on the face of the little girl in red.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    Obama’s 23 new Imperial Decrees:

    1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

    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.

    3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

    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.

    5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

    6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

    7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

    8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

    9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

    10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

    11. Nominate an ATF director.

    12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

    13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

    14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

    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

    16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

    17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

    18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

    19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

    20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

    21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

    22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

    23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Vodkapundit summarizes:

      1. Issue a memo.

      2. Address an issue relating to health insurance.

      3. Pay the states some money.

      4. Categorize people.

      5. Propose rules.

      6. Publish a letter.

      7. Launch a campaign. (Been there, done that)

      8. Review standards.

      9. Issue a memo.

      10. Release a report.

      11. Make a nomination.

      12. Provide some police training.

      13. Maximize enforce efforts. (Sounds Orwellian.)

      14. Issue a memo.

      15. Direct the attorney general.

      16. Hector doctors.

      17. Release a letter.

      18. Incentivize schools.

      19. Develop models.

      20. Release a letter.

      21. Regulate health benefits.

      22. Finalize regulations.

      23. Get Kathleen and Arne talking to people.

      • votermom says:

        the bit about cdc research is creepy, imo.

      • DeniseVB says:

        My next door neighbor is the regional grand pooh bah of the NRA (sorry, not familiar with the chain of command), trains Seals to shoot, holds clinics for women, and has an arsenal to outfit a third world army in his garage. AND, a really, really nice, normal guy. His response to all this? Meh. Bread and Circuses. 😀

    • gxm17 says:

      Wow. That’s a whole lotta nuthin’.

      It’s actually rather incredible how much Bronco can not do.

      • Mary says:

        Bronco doesn’t have the Democratic votes in the Senate for anything stronger, and he knows it. Today was all politics, trying to blame NRA and Repubs in advance of 2014, hoping no one knows his own Senate Dems aren’t with him, either.

        Notice there’s no mention of violence in games or movies?

  3. votermom says:

    • myiq2xu says:

      How come gun buyers have to go though background checks but presidents don’t?

    • Constance says:

      I agree. I really resent them talking about how “some people” use guns for massacres because let’s just say it Some young men use guns for massacres. You can easily get a profile of they type of person who is likely to go on a shooting spree and women are not involved. Maybe we should put an extra tax on men to provide security for society.

  4. myiq2xu says:

  5. Constance says:

    I am also disgusted that the media will not even consider what effect violent “entertainment” has on the issue of massacres. Because God forbid they should have their first amendment rights infringed. But no problem for them infringing on the second amendment rights of others as long as their children are in schools with armed guards.

  6. foxyladi14 says:

    Studies and reviews. What government does best. 😯

  7. foxyladi14 says:

    Why is he signing his speech??? 🙂

  8. myiq2xu says:

  9. foxyladi14 says:

    The king has no clothes Yet people keep commenting on how dapper he looks. 😆

  10. yttik says:

    What strikes me as kind of funny in a bitter, cynical way, is that none of this squirrel fluff makes the least bit of difference. It’s all completely impotent…..if your goal is to reduce gun violence in this country.

    The Sandy Hook shooter didn’t have legal guns anyway, so increasing background checks will do nothing but force legal law abiding citizens to jump through more hoops. He didn’t consult with the Feds before planning his horror, most bad guys don’t!

    The whole thing is such garbage, you really do have to laugh. Provide law enforcement with training for active shooter situations?? Like, duh, I wonder why nobody else ever thought about training cops in how to handle armed suspects? Oh wait, we already do that.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Obamaguns is the kinda thing Wally from Dilbert would come up with.

      Do nothing while give the appearance of doing something.

      • cj says:

        Brit Hume said it’s all about laying traps for the republicans. PIck a sensitive issue that he doesn’t really give a crap about, hype it up in the media then set up the whole thing so it’s a huge loss for the GOP no matter what they do.

        I think he just gets a kick out of perverse power plays. It’s probably as simple as that for a petulant narcissist. And it’s not just the republicans. Barry can’t even stop himself from flipping his finger at the vile progs or at his drooling syncophants in the media. I think he’s just a sick pup.

        • Constance says:

          The Republicans can win some points with the voting public by assaulting the media which everyone hates. Give media consumers some rights so we can choose only the cable channels we want to watch, to receive and pay for, and the violent “entertainment” immediately loses it’s subsidy and becomes far more expensive and less common. But of course Republicans are not going to take on Media as they prostitute themselves to media companies also.

  11. fif says:

    Will he be a lame duck if he just uses executive orders to do whatever he wants? He’s also seizing on it, because he knows it’s a good issue to grandstand on (his favorite thing) for political purposes instead of actually doing something about the economy which is BO-RING to him.

    All vanity, all the time.

  12. votermom says:

  13. cj says:

    Well this is disgusting. Apparently good ole Jimmy Carter tried to kill a little Jack Russell with a bow saw in front of his family & treated the “help” like sh*t. We don’t really know these pols at all.

    Mark Hemingway‏@Heminator

    Ok, that’s terrifying. RT @asymmetricinfo: I never actively disliked Jimmy Carter, until now:

  14. HELENK says:

    now this is interesting, in obama care reid put an amendment preventing drs from compiling gun registry

    • HELENK says:

      almost as if he knew this would happen under backtrack.

      what is the difference between “executive action” and executive order”? I know impeachment was threatened over executive orders, is this a way to get around that??

    • Constance says:

      Really if Obama would have said he wanted to look at ways to limit violence against innocent citizens in our society rather than saying he wants to restrict gun violence then people like me would support the effort. He needed to look at violent “entertainment” and lack of mental health facilities as well as restrictive gun laws.

    • Mary says:

      Joe and Mika got their talking points from MSNBC management, who got them overnight from the White House in advance of The One’s big public moment.

      True story.

  15. HELENK says:

    the times they are a changin

  16. HELENK says:

    maybe the cops could buy some from the feds. they bought billions of bullets under backtrack

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