How lazy is the president? He is looking at 19 unilateral actions the executive can take because it's just too damn hard to pass gun control any other way. Those darn citizens always get in the way of Obama doing the real fun stuff. Why can't they just sit down, shut up, and let the president rule?
The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration's first definitive statements about its response to last month's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Later this week, Obama will formally announce his proposals to reduce gun violence, which are expected to include renewal of the assault weapons ban, universal background checks and prohibition of high-capacity magazine clips. But Biden, who has been leading Obama's task force on the response, spent two hours briefing a small group of sympathetic House Democrats on the road ahead in the latest White House outreach to invested groups.
The focus on executive orders is the result of the White House and other Democrats acknowledging the political difficulty of enacting any new gun legislation, a topic Biden did not address in Monday's meeting.
The executive actions could include giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authority to conduct national research on guns, more aggressive enforcement of existing gun laws and pushing for wider sharing of existing gun databases among federal and state agencies, members of Congress in the meeting said.
"It was all focusing on enforcing existing law, administering things like improving the background database, things like that that do not involve a change in the law but enforcing and making sure that the present law is administered as well as possible," said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.).
By taking a short cut around congress, the president is admitting he is an incompetent leader. Besides, doing all the spade work and sausage making in order to pass his gun control agenda in Congress would cut into his golf game and shoot arounds with NBA stars.
Once again the president is seeking to expand executive power at the expense of the legislature. And congress, liked cowed dogs, roll over and let it happen.