Jan 16 2013
01:29 pm

Listed below. Can't wait to see which are NRA approved. We know the attack ad on Sasha and Malia is NRA approved, for sure.

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.

metulj's picture

5. Propose rulemaking to give

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

This one will have them freaking out.

AnonymousOne's picture

"17. Release a letter to

"17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities."

This looks like it could stand up in a HIPAA lawsuit, but when it comes to mental and emotional health there is going to be a big gray area where a verbalized threat isn't made, but rather the behavior could be interpreted as threatening.

metulj's picture

A person who is a diagnosed

A person who is a diagnosed schizophrenic is no gray area, but I see your point otherwise.

Pam Strickland's picture

But there are definitely gray

But there are definitely gray areas. And while I would expect people to err on the side of safety, I would also hope that reason and respect would go into those decisions.

I'm bipolar II, but my symptoms are well managed and 99 percent of the time most folks wouldn't know it. Yet there are plenty of people who are bipolar I and bipolar II who aren't as fortunate as me. And even for those like myself who are fortunate, there are circumstances that could put us in a gray area. I know how to avoid those circumstances most of the time, but sometimes things are out of my control.

If the individual is seeing a professional counselor or therapist, they would be able to judge that gray area and say to some degree if they person was safe to have a gun for hunting and target practice. But probably not within a 100 percent certainty.

R. Neal's picture

9. Issue a Presidential

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

In Tennessee, law enforcement is required to sell them.

metulj's picture

Because safe keeping a weapon

Because safe keeping a weapon used in a crime is a dumb idea, and, let us not forget, that destroying a $10 Hungarian-made .380 is the functional equivalent of melting down the Bernini Altar.

Gregg Lonas's picture

How about

How about requiring gun owners to report the loss or theft of a gun?

R. Neal's picture

Plus demanding that Congress

Plus demanding that Congress 1) ban "military style assault weapons", 2) limit magazines to 10 rounds, and 3) requiring universal background checks for all gun purchases, including private sales.

Nos. 2 and 3 seem doable, even in this political climate. No. 1 will be a lot harder.

jcc's picture

Sound, fury..

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

Oh that's a good one .. I know people that can't stand it when some of pediatricians ask if they use smoke detectors when they are bringing their kid in for a stomach bug (which is going to include Zero people that hang around here but whatever whatever). Plus .. it brings ACA up again. Already seen a few good comments on this one. The folks worried about it are missing the humor value of it all.

The kids were a nice touch. Personally I always thought back in 2003 that Bush and Cheney should have worn a composite matching t-shirt of the Twin Towers when they announced the Iraq War. Would have been as classy.

None of that amounts to a rat's ass.

metulj's picture

We are not talking about your

We are not talking about your pediatrician asking. We are talking about a doctor with a patient who is clinically depressed and reluctant about or refusing treatment. Then it is quite germane to ask "JCC, do you own any guns?"

AnonymousOne's picture

I think they're all doable,

I think they're all doable, and I say that as a somewhat common sensical conservative.

People accusing the President as using the children as "props" is nauseating, as well as accusing him of exploiting the massacre.

I'm not sure how you "exploit" a massacre.

And as far as those kids being props, since the latest mass shooting involved small children, I think they were more than appropriate.

What the "no compromise on gun control" crowd better steel themselves against is when the investigation of the massacre at Sandy Hook is made public.

It will put the issue decisively in Obama's favor to act.

And if the House of Reps block legislation, the GOP will probably lose the House in 2014.

Hildegard's picture

The "elitist hypocrite"

The "elitist hypocrite" language is so 2008, but the larger point of the attack ad - that the President's kids get special treatment he would deny all our kids - is just stupid. Yeah, dumb ass. The President's kids get special protection. So does the President. The Secret Service is armed. If YOU or YOUR kids ever need Secret Service protection, you'll have an armed guard, too. If the people of America are stupid enough to think that ad makes any kind of rational point, then we really do need to take away their freakin' guns.

Min's picture

I hope they didn't pay a lot for that commercial.

Because no sane person will see anything wrong with the President's children having Secret Service protection, or with the President's family having more protection than John Q. Public and his kids.

And let's not forget that we've have several presidents who were shot or shot at while under Secret Service protection, so it isn't like the Secret Service can project an invisible, bulletproof shield around the protectee.

CE Petro's picture

Gov. Cuomo did well

Gov. Cuomo beefed up NYS gun laws. There are some similarities in the NY SAFE Act with Obama's Executive Order. Interestingly, NRA's biggest complaint with Gov. Cuomo's bill was the speed in which it was enacted.

But the new measures drew ire from the nation's largest gun lobby over the speed with which the bill was passed in the new legislative session.

The National Rifle Association accused Cuomo and other state lawmakers of orchestrating "a secretive end-run around the legislative and democratic process."

After two days of voting in the state Legislature, Cuomo signed the deal around 5 p.m. before telling reporters that speed had been essential so as not to create a rush on the gun market.

Perhaps Obama and his administration should take some lessons on leadership from the Empire State Gov. It sure looks like Cuomo has gone into office to get things done, and is getting things done.

Rachel's picture

Funny, in a kind of just one

Funny, in a kind of just one half-inch over the line from reality Spinal Tap kind of way.

Fabricant's picture

Are you referring to the

Are you referring to the translations or the executive orders themselves? In terms of hilarity, there's a wide gap between the two. The latter certainly takes the cake for its supposed seriousness, you can't make that stuff up.

Rachel's picture


Are you asking me a serious question here, or are you just trolling?

redmondkr's picture

Joe Carr Protests

This June it will be 50 years since Alabama Governor George Wallace showed the federal government what they could do with their law.

It will be interesting watching the Republican 'souper' majority hand the late night comedians more material.

From Huffpo

metulj's picture

Again, I want a law that

Again, I want a law that makes it a mandatory life sentence without parole for any state legislator to propose a law that is later found to be unconstitutional.

Min's picture

I dunno.

Then we wouldn't be able to seat a quorum in the Tennessee General Assembly. Oh, wait...I see what you did there.

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