Dan Gilmore / Oct. 9, 2015

Here Comes the Executive Action on Gun Control

This does nothing to actually stop mass murders with firearms.

Barack Obama was in Oregon Friday to meet with the families of the victims of the Umpqua Community College mass murder. And while the meetings will be private, it’s obvious that the executive is using this moment to push for more gun control. The Obama administration has been loudly blaring it all week. On Monday, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters the administration was considering executive action similar to what Hillary Clinton proposed. After the mass murder at the college Oct. 1, Obama directed his staff to give him ideas on how to move against America’s gun culture. “I can tell you that they’re not stumped,” Earnest said. “They’re continuing to review the law that’s on the books and continuing to consult with legal authorities but also with others who may have ideas about what steps could be taken that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals.” Sounds familiar? It’s the same kind of search Obama started before he made his executive actions on immigration granting mass amnesty last year. Obama’s executive actions — blaming Congress for inaction so he’ll act with some supposed mandate from the people — are starting to become a trend in the end of his presidency. He has nothing to lose, so he’ll wield that power of the phone and pen to advance his agenda, even if it gets tied up in the courts and is ruled unconstitutional. One of the executive actions Obama is mulling is to change the definition of who is a gun seller and must, therefore, run background checks on his or her “customers.” But like so many of the other gun control policies the Left would love to implement, this one does nothing — nothing — to actually stop mass murders with firearms.

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