Shouldn’t some of these actions already be in place?
President Barack Obama and his administration debuted plans to strengthen gun control Wednesday in an effort to avoid mass tragedies like the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
While Obama is not the first president to face gun control issues, his 23 executive actions on the matter (which do not require input from Congress) highlight many of the reasons our nation is having trouble cracking down on gun violence.
A few of those actions include:
• Proposing a rule to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun – This proposal should have been on the books for some time now. Shouldn’t police know whom they are giving a gun to?
• Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign – branches of American government love campaigns. If it’s a major public issue, millions of dollars are put toward the subject and it becomes a “campaign”, complete with posters and free ink pens. Do “campaigns” actually work? Think of the famous 1980’s “Just Say No” or any anti-drunk driving campaign; do commercials and posters really help?
• Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations – It’s hard to imagine why federal law enforcement is not required to do so already, especially since guns involved in one crime often trace to another.
• Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence – the causes of gun violence is simple: criminals. Law abiding individuals have no need to commit a crime with a gun. Even when a criminal does not have a gun, other items can be just as effective when used as a weapon.
• Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes – Most of us understand that a doctor is required to report to the proper authorities if a patient threatens to harm his/her self or someone else. Of course, in a time when many in America feel rights are slowly being tightened, this will probably lead to concerns for many. After all, why would someone in their right mind open up to their doctors about the weapons in their home if they know that information will be given to the federal government?
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