Supported by the shock of the massacre at Newtown School, Barack Obama on Wednesday launched the most ambitious offensive against firearms in decades and has promised to surrender all his energy to what will be one of the most expensive projects of his second term.
The president sent Congress a proposal to prohibit the civilian possession of military grade weapons and signed 23 decrees to act without congressional permission in what he said would be an improvement of arms control measures.
“If only one life we can save, we have an obligation to try. We have an obligation to act now, ” Obama said in the press conference organized to present his unconstitutional initiatives.
The President is aware that it has opened a conflict with one of the most powerful entities in the country, the National Rifle Association (NRA) as well as with a strong portion of the citizenry by trying to to undermine one of the pillars on which rests the birth of the United States, the right to own guns.
It is, therefore, a mission that will find many obstacles along the way. The NRA is not the only organization that works to safeguard the individual liberties, although it is the strongest one when combating anti-Second Amendment sentiment. It is fair to say that the NRA will be rolling in money and emotions in the debate that has already been going on for weeks.
As pointed out before, Obama appeared shielded by families whose children study at the Newtown School, children who were asked to write to the president to ask him for action against gun violence. Recent polls, whether they are trustworthy or not, reflect the desire by at least half of the American public to have something done about gun murders.
The fear created by the idea that anyone who owns a gun could at any point take the lives of innocent people has spread rooted deep in the minds of a population that despite having been liberated by guns, now believes that a disarmed society is a safer society. It is precisely to those people the ones who Obama addressed yesterday, compelling them to demand action against the Second Amendment to carry out his effort to have less guns on the street.
The president’s initiative is ambitious regarding U.S. history and tradition in the sense it will try to limit and eventually eliminate the right to keep and bear arms, even though disarming the population, as history shows, only results in a stratospheric growth in violence.
Obama has asked Congress to ban assault weapons (automatic and semiautomatic rifles used by soldiers on the battlefield), limit magazine rounds to 10 bullets and to set up a more extensive background check system in order to better identity all gun buyers, without exception.
Currently, about half of the weapons purchased in the U.S. are sold at fairs and conventions in which, by law, citizens can buy guns and ammunition. This is where the Obama proposal comes into action. According to statements issued by various Obama administration officials, the idea is to register every gun owner with as much detail as possible so that the government will be in a better position to deny access to firearms, should it determine a person is unfit to own them.
If Congress approves Obama’s proposal or the President himself signs it through an unconstitutional Executive Order, criminals will be on the loose, fully armed and counting on the fact that the average Joe, including those who support Obama’s plan will not be able to defend themselves. This is the reason why pro-Second Amendment folks have flooded gun fairs all over the country so they can get their hands on guns and ammo before the Federal Government effectively puts a ban on purchases or greatly limits who can buy them.
At the moment, Obama not only faces opposition from the U.S. Constitution, but from Congressmen and a significant part of the population who are not ready to surrender their Second Amendment just yet. Steve Stockman, a Republican Representative for the state of Texas, already warned that banning firearms could be grounds for dismissal of the president (impeachment), in that it is a violation of the Second Amendment.
But the U.S. President has been clear about his intention to impose new restrictions by decree his 23 new measures. The most important section is the introduction of a background check for mental illness, which the Federal Government will manage through rules and regulations built into Obamacare. According to those rules, doctors will work as snitches for the government and medical care will be recommended for those who are found to be mentally unstable for seeking to own firearms that are banned.
Under Obamacare, doctors are expected to ask patients about owning guns, prompt people to report any kind of threat of violence to law enforcement, requires the states to report data under Health Insurance Portability Act, and so on. Eventually, the Federal Government will be able to deny access to guns, or take firearms away from people who are determined to be a danger to society due to their supposed potential to become a mass killer.
Luis R. Miranda is the Founder and Editor of The Real Agenda. His 16 years of experience in Journalism include television, radio, print and Internet news. Luis obtained his Journalism degree from Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, where he graduated in Mass Media Communication in 1998. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcasting from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Among his most distinguished interviews are: Costa Rican President Jose Maria Figueres and James Hansen from NASA Space Goddard Institute. Read more about Luis.