People of the United States, on both sides of the political aisle, are waiting to see what President Obama intends to do by executive fiat. Today was/is supposed to be the big reveal with a follow on CNN Town Hall Meeting on Thursday.
So what can the president do by executive order? A lot actually. I don’t know what the heck he will say, but I do know that there is a lot of dumb stuff that he can pull.
In addition to being able to tell the heads of every Federal Law Enforcement Agency what to do, he can also prioritize their efforts. Directing the FBI for example to assist in “Gun Dealer Audits” would be an easy thing to do to close down more FFLs through harassment and setting impossible to comply with records keeping requirements. Just ask anyone who has worked in a gun store about all the weird laws regarding state abbreviations on a 4473.
Other things would be to direct the ATF to deny FFL renewal for any infraction, and direct the BATFE to not stop digging until they find infractions on license renewal applications. Sure this one would lose in the courts, but that takes time.
More things include banning any semi-automatic pistol, rifle, or shotgun from importation as “not sporting” as well as banning the importation of any full metal jacket ammunition as “non-sporting” and banning target ammunition as “military sniper ammunition” and banning the importation of hollow point pistol ammunition as “cop killers.” All of which would do wonders for the domestic makers of arms and ammunition who have not been able to keep up with the current demand even with imports.
He could even require that all surplus brass, bullets, and powder be sold off via Foreign Military Sales instead of auctioned for domestic consumption.
So there is a lot that the President can do through the regulatory powers of the Fed Gov. There is a lot that he can do to inconvenience gun owners and shooters all across the nation.
What will he do? I don’t know. I do know that anything he actually does via Executive Order will have exactly zero impact on crime rates with firearms. The only purpose behind gun control via royal diktat is to put the screws to the oppositions base. Liberals who admire style over substance will cheer and celebrate that someone is finally “doing something” despite none of the stated goals ever being achieved.
This is because the stated goals of increased safety and fewer shootings is a lie. The real goal is to humiliate and inconvenience those stupid peasants who dare to disagree with the master progressive plan. Remember that this too shall pass, like the AWB94, and we’ll all get through it.
But stock up on magazines, ammo components, and spare parts while they are still relatively available. And we will all wait for the grand master plan to unfold for all to see.