Gun hater extraordinaire Michael Bloomberg funded the creation of “The Trace” last year. It serves as a propaganda news site for the gun grabbers of the world. Their reporter Dan Friedman called me three times in recent days, interviewing me for over 28 minutes in the longest call. Mr. Friedman seemed very keen to learn more about what to expect in the coming term of our new administration. We talked about where I see things headed and some of the things I intended to bring up with the President-elect’s Second Amendment Coalition (SAC) team.
The story broke today at The Trace:
One Member of Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition Has a To-Do List for the New White House
Obama’s executive actions are enemy number one.
In the waning days of the presidential race, Donald Trump’s campaign quietly announced the formation of a “coalition” dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment. The 62-member group would be helmed by the president-elect’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., along with Chris Cox, the National Rifle Association’s top lobbyist. “These leaders will continue to advise Mr. Trump and Governor Pence as they protect our Supreme Court and our right to keep and bear arms,”a press release said.
John Boch, the executive director of Illinois-based group Guns Save Life, was one of those named to the coalition. In an interview with The Trace, Boch says he is eager to share with the new administration his views on how to dismantle decades of presidential actions on firearms — just as soon as he is asked.
Aside from some issues of him conflating to some degree our discussions on where I personally believed gun control was headed and what I intended to recommend as part of the SAC, he cherry picked a couple of side issues to emphasize, while ignoring some of the main points we talked about. In short, he painted what I said in as negative light as possible from the Bloomberg-funded perspective. I suppose that when life hands you a bowl of lemons, you try to make lemonade. I foolishly thought he would accurately reflect general tone I shared with him. Silly me. Live and learn.
The people at The Trace and the folks at Everytown (another Bloomberg creation) all work together closely, I’m sure. Looking back at our conversations and the content of the story, one point stands out with exclamation points: Executive Orders.
The folks at The Trace are worried sick that decades of Executive Orders are going to be stricken with the same stroke of the pen they were created with. Let’s face it: At the federal level, most of the gun control passed since the mid-1990s has been through executive orders. Some of the orders are big things we’ve all read about (some of Obama’s recent orders) and others have been around a lot longer back (some of the orders affecting importation and NFA-regulated items).
Bloomberg’s people seem to know that President Donald Trump can roll back those rules and edicts right away and they are scared. My interview kept coming back to Executive Orders. Dan repeatedly asked me about them.
I liken their concern in my interview about Executive Orders – including ones issue prior to Obama – as akin to showing up at a probationer’s house as a probation officer and conducting an impromptu cursory search. When Mr. Probationer stands in front of the closet the whole time you poke around and you finally take a peek inside that closet, you shouldn’t be surprised when you find a fully loaded AK-style rifle.
“I don’t know nothin’ about that!” he protests.
Right up until you check the pictures on his phone and see a selfie of him holding his rifle looking like a menace to society.
The Trace acts like that probationer, and worries about Executive Orders getting stricken is their AK in the closet.
Let’s all work together to lobby everyone in President-elect Trump’s world to help get those old orders nullified as soon as possible. After all, the only thing that stops a bad person with evil in their heart is a good guy with a gun – not an Executive Order.