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Thursday, January 17, 2013

New gun laws in America

President Obama said yesterday he avoided the gun issue during his first term but vowed to do whatever he can to fix it.  "I will put everything I've got into this" he said.

But will his "everything" be enough to get the new laws passed when the opposition is so fierce and overwhelming.  Guns are firmly entrenched in the American culture and the National Rifle Association and other gun groups have successfully fought new gun laws for years.

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, considered to be a contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, said the President's proposals will be howled down in Congress. "Nothing the President is proposing would have stopped the massacre at Sandy Hook" he said. President Obama is targeting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens instead of seriously addressing the real underlying causes of such violence."  

Here is the list of executive actions taken yesterday. 

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 rule-making 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 ad 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 AAFT 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 Centres 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 workship 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.

If you haven't already seen the video of Piers Morgan interviewing Alex Jones, it's worth a look.  If you can stomach the maniacal screaming match until the end, Jones reveals his belief that President Bush was behind the twin towers terrorist attack. 

Alex Jones

Good luck America.