Obama Announces His Gun Plan

You can read the whole thing here [PDF]. Here are the highlights:

  • Require criminal background checks for all gun sales.
  • Take four executive actions to ensure information on dangerous individuals is available to the background check system.
  • Reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.
  • Restore the 10-round limit on ammunition magazines.
  • Protect police by finishing the job of getting rid of armor-piercing bullets.
  • Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime.
  • End the freeze on gun violence research.
  • Make our schools safer with more school resource officers and school counselors, safer climates, and better emergency response plans.
  • Help ensure that young people get the mental health treatment they need.
  • Ensure health insurance plans cover mental health benefits.

The administration is pushing for doctors and mental health professionals to involved.

PRESERVE THE RIGHTS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO PROTECT THEIR PATIENTS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GUN VIOLENCE: We should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands.

Clarify that no federal law prevents health care providers from warning law enforcement authorities about threats of violence: Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of their patients and the broader community by reporting direct and credible threats of violence to the authorities. But there is public confusion about whether federal law prohibits such reports about threats of violence. The Department of Health and Human Services is issuing a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits these reports in any way.

Protect the rights of health care providers to talk to their patients about gun safety: Doctors and other health care providers also need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home. Some have incorrectly claimed that language in the Affordable Care Act prohibits doctors from asking their patients about guns and gun safety. Medical groups also continue to fight against state laws attempting to ban doctors from asking these questions. The Administration will issue guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit or otherwise regulate communication between doctors and patients, including about firearms.

In the second paragraph Obama is parsing words. As we noted earlier, Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c. to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) says:

(1) WELLNESS AND PREVENTION PROGRAMS- A wellness and health promotion activity implemented under subsection (a)(1)(D) may not require the disclosure or collection of any information relating to–`(A) the presence or storage of a lawfully-possessed firearm or ammunition in the residence or on the property of an individual; or`(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm or ammunition by an individual.`(2) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION- None of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used for the collection of any information relating to–`(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition;`(B) the lawful use of a firearm or ammunition; or`(C) the lawful storage of a firearm or ammunition.`(3) LIMITATION ON DATABASES OR DATA BANKS- None of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used to maintain records of individual ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition.`(4) LIMITATION ON DETERMINATION OF PREMIUM RATES OR ELIGIBILITY FOR HEALTH INSURANCE- A premium rate may not be increased, health insurance coverage may not be denied, and a discount, rebate, or reward offered for participation in a wellness program may not be reduced or withheld under any health benefit plan issued pursuant to or in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act on the basis of, or on reliance upon–`(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition; or`(B) the lawful use or storage of a firearm or ammunition.`(5) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS- No individual shall be required to disclose any information under any data collection activity authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act relating to–`(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition; or`(B) the lawful use, possession, or storage of a firearm or ammunition.’.

So while your doctor can ask, you don’t have to answer, and if they were to report data about your lawfully owned guns or ammunition they would be breaking the law and could (potentially) be exposed to lawsuits.

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  • jim_m

    I like how one of his points is to “appoint a permanent director of the BATF”. So part of his plan is that he actually steps up and does his job. For once.

    I hope he is up to such exertion.Sounds like it might be a bit of a stretch for him.

    • retired.military

      People who wish to be nominated for the job should simply go to golf courses with their resumes.

      • Conservachef

        I’m sure he’ll appoint a committee to vet the applicants. Job creation x2!

  • 914

    “Make our schools safer with more school resource officers and school counselors, safer climates, and better emergency response plans.”

    ? Makes no sense at all. Much like this whole Reign I might add.

  • GarandFan

    So other than an “assault weapon” and “high capacity” magazine ban, Barry is pretty much talking out of both sides of his mouth……or in his case, ass.

    • jim_m

      Same thing seeing as how the same substance comes from both orifices.

  • herddog505

    If Barry wants to crack down on gun crime, he needs to send the cops to Eric Holder’s house.

    Just sayin’…

    Anyway, this list looks most of it like rubbish (like I expected anything different). Look at some of the points:

    Require criminal background checks for all gun sales.

    So, let’s say Peter wants to sell his dad’s old Model 10 to Paul. Apparently, SOMEBODY has to do a background check on Paul. Who pays for that? And how? Is the FBI database now going to be available to the public?

    Take four executive actions to ensure information on dangerous individuals is available to the background check system.

    1. Can we be specific about those “actions”?

    2. Who decides who is a “dangerous” individual? And if they’re that “dangerous”, why are they running around loose?

    Reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.

    Jebus. Talk about beating a dead horse…

    Protect police by finishing the job of getting rid of armor-piercing bullets.

    WTF? I thought this dropped off the radar ten years ago or more when even the most dimwitted lefties realized that, contrary to what they saw in scads of TV shows and movies, police officers WEREN’T being mowed down in droves with “cop-killer” bullets. I’d wager that police officers have a better chance of being struck by lighting than murdered with an AP bullet.

    BTW: I’m for hanging hoodlums who murder police officers. Lefties, on the other hand, are for “Free Mumia!” But it’s For the Police!(TM)

    End the freeze on gun violence research.

    Um… what “freeze? Was there some ongoing national project on this that – somehow – got stopped because DC just couldn’t find the money to spend on it???

    Make our schools safer with more school resource officers and school counselors, safer climates, and better emergency response plans.

    “Now, everybody hide in the closet like we rehearsed while the guidance counselor tries to talk the lunatic out of murdering us all.”

    IS HE SERIOUS????

    • retired.military

      “Make our schools safer with more school resource officers and school
      counselors, safer climates, and better emergency response plans.”

      He is going to make the no gun zones around schools bigger.

    • Conservachef

      Protect police by finishing the job of getting rid of armor-piercing bullets.

      WTF? I thought this dropped off the radar ten years ago or more when
      even the most dimwitted lefties realized that, contrary to what they
      saw in scads of TV shows and movies, police officers WEREN’T being mowed
      down in droves with “cop-killer” bullets. I’d wager that police
      officers have a better chance of being struck by lighting than murdered
      with an AP bullet.

      But.. But…Riggs said that they’re out there!

      • jim_m

        Damn. This is going to make it hard for me to get ammo for my 30 mm GAU-8 Avenger. Of course, it’s not a very good weapon for concealed carry.

        • Conservachef

          Yeah, and with that rate of fire (4000 rmp) you have to be careful that you don’t go through that “high capacity magazine” too fast- it only holds about 1100 rounds.

          Seriously, though, that thing looks impressive…

    • http://www.traveLightgame.com/ ljcarolyne

      Good points! Pray tell what was the point of the boring speech of BHO’S just to say he’s the anointed one still, huh? by a fixed election. Oh yeah, right like we should ALL listen to Mr. Wise, gun running, guy in the WH. Looks ALL clear as day to me! Do those clowns in Washington DC think We The People aren’t wise to their con game by now, well think again busters!

  • jim_m

    Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime.

    The jackholes in DC could make a good start by enforcing existing law on David Gregory. Equal justice under the law for all, no exceptions.

    • herddog505

      Jeez, when did YOU become such a radical with all your talk about equal justice???? What’s next? “Due process”, “unalienable rights”, and “government of laws, not men”???

      Dangerous talk, jim_m, VERY dangerous talk. Why, it might mark you as one of those “dangerous” people that Barry wants to put in his database.

  • retired.military

    “End the freeze on gun violence research”
    What freeze on gun violence research? This is one of the most laughable things I have ever heard of.

    As for the rest the next result of all of them will be slightly below zero.

  • MartinLandauCalrissian

    Mostly just pointless nonsense.

  • Vagabond661

    Could it be they already know this will fail to stop the killing? Then they can say “we tried to limit this to assault weapons and magazines, but now it’s obvious we need to go after the handguns, shotguns, in other words, everything else”.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      Wouldn’t surprise me at all. This is almost all cosmetic, useless, or stuff he should have already done like nominate an ATF director.

      Stop cop-killer bullets? Armor piercing pistol ammo? WTF – THAT again? It’s hard to eliminate something that didn’t really exist in the first place. That was a reaction to bullets that were coated with teflon to reduce barrel wear. They didn’t go through the vests of the time any easier than regular bullets.

      “Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.”? Hasn’t the NRA already done that?

      “Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes” Put Child-proof caps on them. That’ll take care of the problem.

      “Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.” They don’t already?

      Lot of hype, little to no substance. No effect on anything that preceded Sandy Hook or Aurora. But it looks like they’re ‘doing something’, so that’s what’s important, right?

      More and more I’m thinking that Democrats pose and preen, but somehow are completely ineffectual and are shocked, SHOCKED when all their posturing and preening doesn’t produce anything of value.

      • jim_m

        “Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.”

        In other words, Do what the NRA does half as well and at twice the cost.

        For all the talk about “taking action” and issuing executive orders , not a single executive order was issued and only 3 Presidential Memoranda were signed. The rest were basically instructions for his staff to do their jobs under the existing law.

        A good summary of the presidential executive inaction is found here.

        • Conservachef

          That’s pretty funny, Jim. I almost fell over when I got to #11…

          9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

          Tell the Feds to do their jobs.

          10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

          Tell the DOJ to do its job.

          11. Nominate an ATF director.

          Tell myself to do my job.

  • Conservachef

    Barry must have watched the latest James Bond movie before crafting this one-

    15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability
    and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the
    private sector to develop innovative technologies.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1074638/quotes?qt=qt1749525

    Q: The Walther PPK/S nine-millimeter short. It’s been coded to your
    palmprint so only you can fire it. Less of a random killing machine, more of a personal statement.

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