Zero’s Edicts

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Zero laughably released 23 edicts from on high.  Most of them are simply meaningless. We’ll go through them.

The following is a list, provided by the White House, of executive actions President Obama plans to take to address gun violence.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

This is something!  Uhmm, aren’t they already doing that?

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

Uhhmm, unnecessary legal barriers…..  funny stuff.  HIPAA?  Sorry, what’s already there is already there, signed into law.  The only way to reverse this is by an act of congress or the courts.  Try again, Zero. 

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

Again, this is already being done.  Either the states share the info or they don’t.  I’m not aware of any states not sharing the information. 

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

This should have been done already.  What’s the point of a background check if it isn’t being done?

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

We’ll have to see what this morphs into.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

They don’t already offer guidance? 

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

We have this already.  I’m sure TV ads will help.  Can this dolt think of something that doesn’t entail wasting money?

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

Because this is a problem?  Review away!

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

Again, isn’t this already being done and if not, why not?

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

Report away!

11. Nominate an ATF director.

Great idea!  We have an ATF without direction?  Who knew?

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

Really?  Really?  No, really?

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

Chicago will become a ghost town. 

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence. 

The back door.

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.

Gun safety technologies?  What?

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes. 

LOL, nice try, Zero! 

‘‘(c) PROTECTION OF SECOND AMENDMENT GUN RIGHTS.—
‘‘(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.’’.

It’s true. Doctors may ask all they want.  No one is required to answer, nor can the answers be recorded for any data collection.  Clarify that, Zero.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

Really?  This needs clarified?

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

What is a “resource officer”?  And how does this relate to gun violence?

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

LOL, okay.  Because schools don’t have emergency response plans.  Develop away!

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

Hmm…….

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

Yes, finalize.  this would come in handy when the act is implemented. 

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

Mental health parity regulations…….

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

Read more: here

Yes, Zero, we all see you trying to look important. 

The attachment to the mental health issues is a bit disconcerting, but, in an of themselves, there isn’t anything here. ‘If you own a gun you’re crazy, so you can’t own a gun.’ 

This seems to be what they’re angling for. 

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21 Responses to Zero’s Edicts

  1. gator69 says:

    The NRA could have done a far better job making law abiding citizens safer, but Zero’s willful ignorance precludes him from discovering this. I hope he catches the flu from one of those rug rats.

    • suyts says:

      He’s just blathering to make it appear he’s doing something.

      • cdquarles says:

        Plus, if he *really* wanted to help make things safer, he would have said that many, if not all of the mass shootings we have seen, have taken place at ‘gun free’ zones and as a consequence, all ‘posted gun free zones’, whether by Federal regulation or other means, would now allow legal concealed carry permit holders to bring their weapons with them; and that private property owners should re-think posting their property as a ‘gun free zone’.

  2. HankH says:

    Uhhmm, unnecessary legal barriers….. funny stuff. HIPAA?

    Under HIPAA, a health care provider may disclose PHI (Patient Health Information) under the following circumstances:

    1) To the extent that you are required to do so by applicable federal or state laws. [This is the back door]
    2) To a public health authority for a wide range of public health activities when the public health authority is authorized to collect or receive health information under state or federal law.[Another back door]
    3) To an appropriate government authority if you reasonably believe the patient is the victim of abuse, neglect or domestic violence.
    4) For state and federal health oversight activities of the health care system and government benefit programs.[Yet another back door]
    5) In response to a court order or, in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful purpose.
    6) To a law enforcement official as required by laws that require you to report certain types of wounds or physical injuries or, to comply with court orders, a grand jury subpoena, or administrative requests authorized by the law.[Ah yes, administrative requests – back door]
    7) To an appropriate law enforcement authority if the disclosure is necessary to prevent or lesson a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of a person or the public.[Who defines necessary?]
    8) To a correctional institution if you provide health care services to an inmate.
    9) If you provide health care services to a patient in an emergency.
    10) If you provide care to a patient that is related to a work place injury to the extent necessary to comply with worker’s compensation laws.

    16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

    True, it doesn’t prevent them from asking but it does prevent them from reporting gun ownership to the federal government. It also doesn’t compel us to answer the question.

  3. DirkH says:

    Guns are dangerous! Keep the Leader Of The Free World safe! Petition now to declare the WH a gun-free zone! His kids are endangered with all the Secret Service guns around them! His kids are more important than your kids! Not to speak of El Lider himself.

  4. DaveG says:

    Petition on the WH site. I agree Zero should lead by example.
    Signed, sealed, delivered – a promises of a gun free paradise at the WH should make Zero all warm and fuzzy inside – me too!

    We petition the obama administration to:
    Eliminate armed guards for the President, Vice-President, and their families, and establish Gun Free Zones around them

    Gun Free Zones are supposed to protect our children, and some politicians wish to strip us of our right to keep and bear arms. Those same politicians and their families are currently under the protection of armed Secret Service agents. If Gun Free Zones are sufficient protection for our children, then Gun Free Zones should be good enough for politicians.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/eliminate-armed-guards-president-vice-president-and-their-families-and-establish-gun-free-zones/6RDGkxLK

  5. philjourdan says:

    #16 is his impeachable offense. It would be bad if it was someone else’s law,. but this is his name sake law!

    But you are right, the 23 edicts turned into 22 “so whats” and one impeachable offense.

  6. philjourdan says:

    Oh, and “resource officer” = Off Duty Police officer with a gun.

  7. HankH says:

    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.

    I’ve been thinking about this one since you posted the article. Any technology added to a gun to make it safe can be easily defeated by anyone who has the knowhow. Those illegal guns with the shaved off serial numbers you can buy in Chicago for $100.00 will have whatever safety mechanisms removed too.

    If he’s thinking of making us keep our guns in a safe or place key locks on the trigger, forget it. I won’t do it. That just guarantees I won’t be able to use my gun for self defense. I’m having a hard time imagining what they could add to a gun to make it safe that wouldn’t defeat the purpose of using it for self protection.

    • suyts says:

      I was going to write that in the post but thought maybe that’s not what they were talking about.

      Like you, I’m not locking away my guns. I keep my pistol handy and loaded. They’re entirely useless if they’re locked away.

      • HankH says:

        Exactly! If Zero is thinking of putting anything on my firearms to make them harder to use or harder to get at, he can shove it where TSI can’t be measured.

  8. J Sue says:

    I can’t add anything to the above. I just wanted to say I LOVE the photo! I got a real kick out of it this morning and found myself laughing out loud in class.

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