What a strange and unusual beginning to 2016. It began with a protest in a small Oregon town, over the perceived abuses of Federal Agents and members of the Judicial branch and quickly turned into a take over of a Federally owned building. A wrong headed move with no support from the militia/Patriot movement, including the Oathkeepers. At this point, things are quiet. Arrest warrants have been issued and it appears to be an “isolate and wait” event. Let’s hope it remains that way, because if this becomes another Waco event all bets are off.
That’s not really the subject of this short article. I’m going to focus on Obama’s anticipated Executive actions concerning gun violence. Frankly, I thought the whole thing was a bad joke played upon the fears of the American people. Gun sales are booming again, which seems to happen every time he talks about the subject. As far as his whiny talk about who needs to have a license to sell guns, it has been law since 1968 that those in the business to sell guns must be licensed. I didn’t hear anything that actually did anything but reaffirm that existing law.
While some changes seem to have been made, probably outside of his authority, none seem to have any real affect on the real problems that plague this country. Additionally, Obama wants a several hundred new employees (more than he sent to fight ISIS) to allow for background checks to be 24/7. This actually INCREASES opportunities for people to buy guns. Good for the law abiding citizens who are night owls, bad for the idea of trying to quell gun violence. Why?
Obama also has made some more changes involving mentally ill people and the reporting of said to the NICS system. While none of us want those who are mentally ill AND violent to have access to firepower, those who understand this change, both the violent and non-violent may well likely avoid any attempts to get treatment for their problems. Would anyone here go to a doctor now and complain of being depressed, knowing that there is a possibility that cops will show up and steal your guns? Of course not. Most will try to deal with these issues on their own.
What Obama has done is put in place a series of possible events that will make matters even worse than had he just kept his big mouth shut. Those who need mental help may not seek it, for fear of losing their Rights. Gun sales will be available 24/7. So now a person that is having some evil thoughts of committing violence (or suicide), at anytime during the day or night, having not been treated so as to remain a legal gun buyer, can go to any 24 hour big box store that sells guns and purchase the weapon of his/her choice. That doesn’t usually end well.
I have no illusion that Obama and his ilk want a complete gun ban and confiscation. That isn’t happening, at least not in our lifetimes. As is the usual with Progressive agenda group think, Obama and his minions have simply made matters worse.