Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Soapbox.. I'll only be a minute

So Facebook has ERUPTED in anti-Obama, Anti-gun control pictures.  People are threatening armed rebellion.  All because of the 23 executive orders.

Have they read them?   Probably not.  Because in fact, the 23 Executive Orders aren't 23 ways to pry guns from cold dead hands.  They are more of an action plan.

I found them here.

  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.

Heck, number 18 is what the NRA wanted.

I'm thrilled that there is more emphasis on mental health in there.  I completely believe that as a nation we are severely lacking in affordable mental health services.  (Which I've been told by friends can be double, if not triple other routine medical costs).

It doesn't look like the administration wants to take guns, it looks like these are in place to make existing laws work better.

But I know some won't be happy.

I'll end it with this.  A democracy is being informed on the issues, and voting on them.  If your guys loses, you then work to get your guy in office the next time.  Being a cry baby is threatening rebellion when you don't like what the guy in office is doing.  Heck, I don't see the pro-choice or pro-marriage equality people threatening armed rebellion in states that are fighting against those causes.

But then again, I've long said that many times those that are in power act like kindergartners in a sand box.

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