Obama’s Quite Serious About Ramming Through Comprehensive Gun Control

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President Obama will probably never have to lay a finger on a gun. He and his family are protected by one of the best armed security forces in the world, all at our expense. So what does he care if you can protect your family? That’s not his problem, his motto is “Armed protection for me, but not for thee!” And he’s serious this time. (He was just kidding when he said he would never take your guns away. Just like he was kidding when he said you could keep your health insurance if you like it.)

A working group led by Vice President Biden is seriously considering measures backed by key law enforcement leaders that would require universal background checks for firearm buyers, track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, strengthen mental health checks, and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the sources said.

To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association that one source said could include rallying support from Wal-Mart and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses. White House aides have also been in regular contact with advisers to New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (I), an outspoken gun-control advocate who could emerge as a powerful surrogate for the Obama administration’s agenda. …

The gun-control push is just one part of an ambitious political agenda that Obama has pledged to pursue after his decisive reelection victory in November, including comprehensive immigration reform, climate-change legislation and long-term deficit reduction. Obama also faces a reshuffling of his Cabinet, and a looming debate over the nation’s debt ceiling that will compete for his time and attention in the coming months.

In addition to potential legislative proposals, Biden’s group has expanded its focus to include measures that would not need congressional approval and could be quickly implemented by executive action, according to interest-group leaders who have discussed options with Biden and key Cabinet secretaries. Possibilities include changes to federal mental-health programs and modernization of gun-tracking efforts by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“Simply coming up with one or two aspects of it really falls short of the magnitude of the gun issue in the country,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum. (Read More)

Got that? To take care of this issue of “great magnitude”, the plan is to use crony capitalism and market manipulation to get big names on his side and then begin a non-stop campaign of vilifying anyone who disagrees with them. And they’re going to do it all without any input from Congress. Oh, and I’m sure that the ATF is going to do a bang up job (no pun intended) of monitoring our guns, just like they did with Operation Fast and Furious.

What could possibly go wrong?

Update: The point person on this is saying they should not call this “gun control.” That’s so typical of the left, they always come up with new names for what they’re doing to fool people. Unfortunately, people believe them.