“President Barack Obama is mounting a final-year push to make gun control part of his legacy despite Republican opposition and is expected to announce unilateral action soon,” cnn.com reports. “He will join CNN’s Anderson Cooper Thursday for an exclusive one-hour live town hall on gun control at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in hopes of mounting a final pitch to the public.” TTAG will live blog the Spinmeister-in-Chief’s “Guns in America” special. Suffice it to say, it’s gonna be ugly. And the Friday news dump on the Executive Orders uglier still. Here’s something new . . .
Gun control advocates are also anticipating that the administration will bolster regulations on the reporting of lost and stolen guns. Currently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is only required to investigate a gun theft if 10 or more guns are stolen and one of them is used in a crime. The administration is expected to tighten those requirements by reducing the minimum number of guns stolen that would prompt an investigation, and potentially eliminating the requirement that one of the guns is used in a crime.
It’s another feel-good do-nothing measure – at least for now. Congress has consistently held the line on funding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires). Even though it has a $2.1 billion annual budget, there’s no way the anti-gun rights agency could increase its manpower to implement this new mandate, should it occur.
On the Sunday news programs, all the Republican presidential candidates vowed to repeal any and all executive orders on gun control on their first day in office. Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Carly Fiorina had the best bite:
It is delusional, dangerous, not to mention unconstitutional, for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to continue talking about climate change and gun control in the wake of a Paris terrorist attack, in the wake of a San Bernardino terrorist attack, instead of how we can defeat ISIS.
Their Democrat rivals are all on board, obviously. The question is, are the American people? And will the fact that the United States Constitution protects Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms affect any court decision on the legality of the President’s executive orders, should it come to that?