Report: Obama to bypass representative government, dictate new gun control policies via executive order

by Chad D. Baus

Having failed in their apparent goal of creating demand for gun control legislation by allowing thousands of guns to "walk" into Mexico, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced on Thursday, July 7, that the Obama administration is set to impose a series of gun control "reforms" via executive order.

From The Huffington Post:

The reforms, which are being crafted by the Department of Justice, come after a series of meetings with relevant stakeholders in the Second Amendment debate. But in a nod to the difficulties of getting legislation through a Republican-run House of Representatives, only executive orders or administrative actions -- and not an actual bill -- are expected to be handed to Congress.

Administration officials were coy on the specifics, from the reforms the Department of Justice would recommend or when it would actually make those recommendations.

"The president directed the Attorney General to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights," Carney said at Thursday's briefing. "That process is well underway at the Department of Justice with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues and we expect to have more specific announcements in the near future."

Just how near? Carney would only say "not far in the future." Another administration official said weeks would be an appropriate measurement.

According to Fox News, what still remains unclear is just how far out on a limb the president is willing to go on gun control. "If he goes too far," the report says, "the Second Amendment debate could reach great heights as the president battles for his re-election. If he doesn't go far enough, some in his base may view him as weak on gun laws."

The Huffington Post cheerily notes that "when the recommendations do come, it will represent the most comprehensive move on the gun control front from this administration to date," and concludes by observing that "executive actions offer something that legislation doesn't: guaranteed results."

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman.

While he has not yet addressed the issue via legislation, as gun control extremists hoped he would when he was elected, Obama has conducted himself as an anti-gun president, just as gun rights activists predicted he would:

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