President’s Executive Order on Guns Doesn’t Go Far Enough

President Obama released his administration’s response to inaction by Congress on guns in a bid to hinder the epidemic of mass shootings in America.  While all steps in the right direction, it’s still not enough.

Gun owners and Second Amendment advocates will view this as the annual “Obama’s taking your guns away” sale and stock up on more weapons and more ammunition. None of these executive orders affect the guns people currently own or can purchase legally today.  The proposals for limiting assault weapons or large ammunition magazines are being proposed for Congress to act upon. Accusations the President has overstepped his executive authority just doesn’t hold water.

Great first steps; could have gone further.

From Forbes:

Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions:

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 itwidely 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 effectiveuse of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to developinnovative 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.


  38 comments for “President’s Executive Order on Guns Doesn’t Go Far Enough

  1. junior
    January 5, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    The scary guns in the photo are already illegal – new laws won’t get rid of those.

  2. Pinky
    January 5, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Good thing Paul Lucas can’t own guns anymore. He has a list you know

    • January 6, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Actually, a**hole, Paul’s conviction was set aside so he COULD get a gun or guns if he felt like it. But thanks for reminding me, I still gotta write the wrap-up to The Triumph of Paul Lucas.

      • January 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm

        Can someone with a weed card and felony conviction get a gun? Pretty sure the DA’s office says he can’t.

        • January 6, 2016 at 9:09 pm

          Hello deafmute? Felony conviction = DROPPED. And, “weed card?” When are you gonna stop pretending to be a liberal, and a Democrat?

          • Dan Chmielewski
            January 7, 2016 at 9:05 am

            “According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, John Paul Lucas of Orange pleaded guilty February 10, 2014 to a singe felony count of possession of a controlled substance, which court documents identify as methamphetamine.”

            Don’t you think Vern that people like Paul could be a danger to the general public. He has serious health problems, uses medical marijuana and likely has prescription pain killers; do you really want someone like Paul to have a gun?

            • January 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

              Did Paul get a Prop 47 reduction? Looking forward to reviews of that quality prison chow you’ve both enjoyed before in your next piece. Its going to be fun seeing how you’ll claim triumph for someone who wore the orange outfit

          • January 7, 2016 at 10:25 am

            Oh, classy insult. I have family and friends who are deaf and mute and others who teach deaf education at a great school for the deaf in my hometown. Being deaf isn’t a choice, like being a drunk is, but what’s next for you? Insulting those who are developmentally disabled or blind. Perhaps you could go after bald people too while you’re at it.

            • henry lipton
              January 7, 2016 at 4:56 pm

              And yet you think its ok to beat up on a guy who suffers serious health issues? Nice double standard there DINO. face it, you’ve been caught impersonating a Democrat and you should go back to your handlers for anew assignment.

              • January 7, 2016 at 9:13 pm

                Paul’s health problems are certainly not his fault; his actions are entirely his choice. I tried emailing you “Henry” but that address is as fake as you are. I’m a fake Democrat? You’re a coward impersonating someone with a backbone and actual courage.

                • henry lipton
                  January 7, 2016 at 10:08 pm

                  I got your email you troglodyte. I did not see it worthy of a response. It was gross enough knowing your digital paws came in my direction to drop a note. I cant tell you how crepy that feels. But if you need me to verify that I got it and you are totally wrong and or lying about my email addy, here are your remarks with your email so you can get fan mail too and see how creepy it is dong what you did. Is your ego so big that you cant believe someone doesn’t feel ike emailing you back to tell you that you are a poseur? I mean we already know as well as you do that you’re a coward. So why do i need to also verify that you’re also an ego maniac and a creep? I don’t care what character from your alphabet you place next to your name. The fact is, you are no Democrat. You ridcule thefact that someone who has no record what so ever, has fallen tpo prey to a predatory DAs office and a psychotic ADA who prosecutes an overcharged case for 2.5 years only to drop all the charges and force a guy in that condition to spend 53 days in the HOSPITAL at the county jail on TAXPAYERS dime over simple POSSESSION first offense? And the cops that ramrodded this case got fired for it? What is your problem man? You are a predatory psycho. You are no Democrat.
                  I have come to know Paul. Im a real person no one is using my name as a pseudonym. Ive read the police reports, Ive ssenthe records and everything. And rightfully so, the cops got fired for it, and the jail time ion 2014? they stopped sending people to jail for posession yeaRS AGO AND SEND THEM TO DIVERSION INSTEAD. PAUL HAS NO RECORD AT ALL. aND HE WAS DENIED THIS DIVERSION because the DA wanted to steal his moneY and not have to prosecute two dirty cops. tHE JAIL TIME WAS PURE REVENGE FOR THE DA because Paul fought him for 2.5 years. Only after burying his sister from cancer hence the 10 ounces of cannabis, and at the same time having multiple heart surgeries, a pacemaker implanted, several stays in the hospital he wqas simply exhausted and could not physically fight anymore. He split the money with DA and got the jail time to stop getting beat up. You know what that is your coward? Thats ELDER ABUSE.
                  And yet, YOU, find it fitting to continually beat up pon this guy. So yeah youre a coward and you are no Democrat.

                  So you know, you are on moderation. Follow the rules and your comments will be approved”

                  Dan Chmielewski

                • January 8, 2016 at 7:50 am

                  well, I got a bounce notice on your email; glad it got through. But anyone can create a gmail address using any name they want, can’t they.

                  Why don’t you let me know the next time you come to a DPOC meeting and I’ll show up. Like a said, you’re a coward….

                • January 8, 2016 at 1:06 pm

                  Oooh, Henry must be terrified! Dan is going to stand really close to him and glare at him and maybe call him names. Look out, Henry!

                • January 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm

                  the only thing Henry will be terrified of is being exposed.

  3. Andrew Dixon
    January 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I agree. It doesn’t go far enough.
    Yogi would still be alive today if yhe stolen gun he ised was electronically protected!

  4. January 6, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    40-caliber S&W. Very common cop throwaway gun, and expensive.

    Trial coming up next month!

    • January 6, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      We look forward to your coverage Vern.

    • Pinky
      January 7, 2016 at 12:39 pm

      And word from Anna Drive is you hope your girlfriend gets a settlement check so you can get some of her blood money El Mosquito.

      • January 8, 2016 at 9:55 am


        • January 8, 2016 at 11:57 am

          I’ve heard the same thing. I also heard the case is over and the city got a summary judgment because there was no evidence presented by Donna to prove her case. True?

          • Pinky
            January 8, 2016 at 12:36 pm

            Donna lost? Thought her son was handcuffed then shot. No money for Donna. No money for you El Mosquito

          • January 8, 2016 at 12:40 pm

            I have no idea what’s happening with her case. And of course you “heard the same thing,” it’s an invention of this blog’s anonymous commenters. Nobody there thinks or says such ridiculous things. It’s not even worth listing all the things wrong with that story/theory… except just about every word is a lie.

            • January 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm

              She lost. Case 8:14-cv-01147 filed January 6, 2016. City of Anaheim and police officers named in the lawsuit filed for summary judgment on the grounds that Mr. Acevedo was shot in self-defense. Plantiff was unable to establish a genuine issue of material fact to claims made against the Defendant. Court grants defendents’ motion in its entirety. I’m sorry Donna lost her son. Her activism since then has led to a number of reforms and improvements between Anaheim police and its residents since then.

              • January 9, 2016 at 7:03 am

                Spoiler alert. It ain’t over.

                • January 9, 2016 at 7:50 am

                  Grounds for appeal are weak. It’s over.

                • Pinky
                  January 9, 2016 at 9:01 am

                  Spoiler alert. Her son shot at cops coming out of a stolen car. He was no angel

                • January 9, 2016 at 12:16 pm

                  Stay tuned, haters.

                • Pinky
                  January 9, 2016 at 12:39 pm

                  Vern wants his share of settlement money!

  5. Thomas Anthony Gordon
    January 6, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    If President Obama was serious about gun violence he wouldn’t have commuted the sentence of this guy:

    Antorrian Adrionne Hawkins of Lilburn, Ga.
    Offense: Felon in possession of a firearm; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute cocaine base; possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime (Eastern District of Michigan)
    Sentence: 300 months’ imprisonment; 10 years’ supervised release (Apr. 12, 2005)
    Commutation Grant: Prison sentence commuted to expire on April 16, 2016.

    Or the 94 other felons he pardoned/committed the sentences of, most of who had weapons involved.

    • January 7, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Tom, I’d say these were mistakes; this president has certainly made them. Not huge ones like the previous administration but mistakes all the same. But its hard to see how toughing standards for background checks is somehow an affront to the second amendment

  6. henry lipton
    January 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    why would I tell you? Id prefer you continue to be clueless. You completely cowardly dodged responding to any of the points I raised which show you to be the coward, and Republican in disguise we all know you to be.
    You point out how someones health problems are not their fault but then you ridicule their use of cannabis, to avoid the Rx pain medications that you also use as fodder to ridicule someone further demonstrating your GOP cred and your Democratic disguise.
    Paul is not a public figure. You have no right to continue your jihad against him. At this point you are being a stalker and abuser showing your GOP cred even more as well as showing us what we can expect from Lou Correa as you are obviously supporting him because he is also a DINO which is why he has always supported Brandman Jordan and his endorsements of Republicans against the Democrats who are endorsed by the party.

    You are a Republican Coward who is in no possible way a Democrat.

    • January 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Actually, Paul is a public figure due to his past candidacies and his past roles within the DPOC as well as his constant lobbying for marijuana reform.

      I don’t know where Paul lives, how he pays his bills, who he might be dating, or where he works. I simply don’t care. Someone else brought him into the discussion and I added my 2 cents which is all Paul is worth to me. Vern and you too for that matter. Six pennies in my pocket.

      • henry lipton
        January 8, 2016 at 5:23 pm

        hey Guess what? That’s alot more than what you are worth to anyone but the GOP handlers you coddle. I’ll see you at the DPOC. But you wont see me.

        • January 8, 2016 at 6:53 pm

          Coward. Thanks for confirming it

    • Pinky
      January 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Paul Lucas. Your dog is ugly

  7. January 10, 2016 at 9:07 am

    One time only for you excrement-encrusted a**holes: if there ever is a settlement it’s gonna go to Joey’s son. Now go blow donkeys, pinky.

    • January 11, 2016 at 10:17 am

      There’s not going to be a settlement here. From the judgment issued last week, no new evidence was offered that counters the city’s evidence or that from the police. I’d worry about court costs Donna would be liable for.

  8. Hard Truth
    January 11, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    A couple of observations:
    1) David Vasquez disappeared right about the time he was outed as an ally of a well known GD advasary. Curious though his earlist comments about Hregs standing in the party.
    2) Henry Lipton is “EVERYBIT” David Vasquez ( I think Paul Lucas) but because he criticizes Dan and kisses up to Greg, it is OK to be a “flamethrower” GD plays this game well. Heaven knows he’s got the time……
    3) The debate regarding Joel Asceveda’s untimely death is unfortunate. Mostly because, his Mother has the opportunity to do SO MUCH to save lives (including her Grandsons), yet she is being propelled by false belief and blindness. If Donna Castro wishes for Joel’s death to mean something, she should begin with very HARD but curageous look in the mirror. The guy was a criminal gang member. His actions led him into the situation that hot him killed. I would love to see Donna move to stop this cycle of violence, to LOUDLY AND OPENLY condemn ALVS, on of the most reknown and violent criminal street gangs in California. I would implore Ms. Castro and her husband to step up and move people OUT of Anna drive. I am sorry her son died, but this was NOT Anaheim PD’S fault as much as it was a train wreck of a life.

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