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    Been gone for 2 weeks, what happened?

    Post by Cornmastah on Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:12 pm

    I've been out of town, out of country, away from internet for the last 2 weeks. When I came back, people started asking me about the latest Obama executive orders. What happened while I was away!? Mandatory background checks?

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    Post by Charlie Foxtrot on Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:23 pm

    Wrote this up for the Polite Society Podcast

    Executive Synopsis:

    It is a tale
    Told by an idiot,
    Full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.  
    --- Billy S.  

    Except for possible overreaches by radical expansion the definition of "Being in the gun business", medical doctors required to inform the FBI about possible mental illness,  and the Social Security detrmination of incompetence because of another having fiscal responsibility.

    Analysis
    As his administration stumbles into its last year, Obama faces a faltering economy, the slow motion train wreck of Obamacare, a growing threat of Jihadi terrorism, his serial failures in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria, a resurgent Russia, Chinese hegemony, a nuclear North Korea, and racial tensions at home, to name just a few. Facing all those critical issues, Obama inexplicably chose to focus on his despised bitter-clingers, the nation’s law-abiding gun owners.  

    In Tuesday’s address to the nation, Obama spent 33 minutes in an emotion driven, weepy, deeply narcissistic performance where he mentioned himself 76 times. He proposed a series of anti-gun actions his bureaucracy could take, ignoring the Constitutional process of legislation. It was immediately obvious that NONE of these initiatives could have prevented the mass-killings that drew his crocodile tears. This divisive president once again tried to demonize the gun-lobby, the NRA and the millions of law-abiding gun owners.

    The White House provided a fact sheet of Obama’s executive actions.  Using that press release along with the transcript of Obama’s address, we’ve analyzed Obama’s Executive Actions. It should be noted that we are working with Obama’s carefully parsed words. It is a virtual certainty that the administration will twist the words to suit their own ends, and we must opinion with that in mind. All of us will have to keep an eye on these initiatives and push back strongly were our Constitutional Rights are threatened.  

     
    1. Tighten Background Checks

    Obama Administration: The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is making clear that it doesn’t matter where you conduct your business—from a store, at gun shows, or over the Internet: If you’re in the business of selling firearms, you must get a license and conduct background checks.
    Obama starts with more than a little bit of feldercarb. If you are in the business of selling guns, as defined by the law, you have a Federal Firearms License (FFL) and every gun you sell, be it offered for sale in a storefront, gun show, or internet, goes through a FBI background check. Period. End of story. There is no gun show loophole.  

       Analysis: The threat in this executive action is a change of the definition, expanding just who is in the business of selling guns. Is it a guy supplementing his income with a few well considered purchases and sales, a hobbyist buying new guns and selling the old ones, a gun owner liquidating part of his collection to pay the mortgage, or a widow selling her late husband’s extensive collection?  They all could find themselves running afoul of this expanded regulation. In his refusal to provide concrete definition of a gun business, we believe Obama seeks to add even more confusion and uncertainty into the process, demonizing the lawful sale of assets.  We do know the creep selling guns out of the trunk of his car will not be affected in the slightest.


    2. Restrict Trusts and Corporations in the Authorization of Class III purchases.

    ATF is finalizing a rule to require background checks for people trying to buy some of the most dangerous weapons and other items through a trust, corporation, or other legal entity.

        In an unproven allegation, Obama stated that violent criminals are trying to buy some of the most the most dangerous firearms by hiding behind trusts and corporations. This cannot be supported by any data. To Obama, the fact that no criminals are queueing up with their 200 dollars to buy short barreled rifles, shotguns or a suppressor is beside the point.  Obama was able to mouth the “most dangerous weapons” description.  

        This change to the regulations has been tried before. Public outrage caused the proposed regulation to be withdrawn.  


    3. Obtain Complete Criminal History From the States

    Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has sent a letter to States highlighting the importance of receiving complete criminal history.

    If this was an issue, why has it not been addressed in the prior seven years?


    4. Make the Background Check System More Efficient

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is overhauling the background check system to make it more effective and efficient. The envisioned improvements include processing background checks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and improving notification of local authorities when certain prohibited persons unlawfully attempt to buy a gun. The FBI will hire more than 230 additional examiners and other staff to help process these background checks.

        In one of our staff’s experience, almost every one of the electronic background checks is already completed in less than 30 seconds.  It’s difficult to believe that could be significantly improved, especially if you are going to throw more government at it. It already seems to be running 24 hours a day, including government holidays.  

        This may actually make it easier on the smaller FFLs who use the telephone call in method of FBI verification. Especially since the Top Gun Salesman of All Time keeps driving the public to buy more and more guns.

       And congratulations on the notifications to local authorities when there is an unlawful attempt to buy a gun, but why wasn’t this being aggressively pursued already?  Only 44 persons were prosecuted in a prior year. What the hell has your administration been doing Mr. President?


    5. Focus on Smart and Effective Enforcement of Gun Laws

    The Attorney General convened a call with U.S. Attorneys around the country to direct federal prosecutors to continue to focus on smart and effective enforcement of our gun laws.

    We will soon see the awesome power of the telecom.  Or not.  Under Obama, gun prosecutions have fallen dramatically.


    6. 200 More ATF Agents and Investigators

    The President’s FY2017 budget will include funding for 200 new ATF agents and investigators to help enforce our gun laws.

       That’s roughly $70 million per year for new agents. In a year that that includes only the last 4 months of the Obama’s administration. We’re going to bet that the House round-files Obama’s suggestion during the budgeting process.  


    7. Already Established Internet Investigation Center and National Integrated Ballist Integrated Information Network (NIBIIN)

    ATF has established an Internet Investigation Center to track illegal online firearms trafficking and is dedicating $4 million and additional personnel to enhance the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network.

        IIC and NIBIIN (ick and nibbin’) Those acronyms should say it all. If the bureaucrats don’t have a cool sounding acronym, nobody’s going to pay much attention.  And the few millions authorized won’t even start to fund an effective program in the bloated Federal government.  


    8. Guns Lost and Stolen From FFLs

    ATF is finalizing a rule to ensure that dealers who ship firearms notify law enforcement if their guns are lost or stolen.

        The requirement to report firearms lost or stolen in Transit has been an ATF rule for decades. What this order will probably do is create an immediate notification requirement as well as demanding more frequent audits of the FFL’s inventories. These additional burdens will increase costs to the FFLs and their customers, as well as the risks of criminal prosecution for failing the regulations. The BATFE is already infamous for its “Death by a Thousand Cuts” bureaucratic style. This revision will certainly not help.


    9. Renew Domestic Violence Outreach Efforts

    The Attorney General issued a memo encouraging every U.S. Attorney’s Office to renew domestic violence outreach efforts.

        No real way to tell what this means. However, Federal and State governments have been increasing focusing on pre-crime gun rights restrictions. As in trend-setting California, the Feds would like to eliminate gun rights from someone who could possibly be considered a threat.  All without challenge or due process. Welcome to the world of Minority Report.  



    10. Increase Access to Mental Health Care

    The Administration is proposing a new $500 million investment to increase access to mental health care.

        This increase is certainly needed and welcome. However, a half a billion won’t make a dent in the mental health needs of Obama, his administration, and the Federal bureaucracy.

        Snark aside, using mental health concerns, which may be biased, overblown or temporary to permanently eliminating 2nd Amendment rights, is an escalating threat.


    11. Social Security Issues Eliminating Firearm Rights

    The Social Security Administration has indicated that it will begin the rulemaking process to include information in the background check system about beneficiaries who are prohibited from possessing a firearm for mental health reasons.

        This order would allow the Social Security Administration to eliminate firearm rights based on an arbitrary determination of incompetence. A recipient designating another person as having financial responsibility would trigger this notification. Many of our nation’s elderly would be stripped of their firearms just when they are at their most vulnerable. All without due process or the ability to challenge.  

        Obama’s Social Security Administration has already tried this dodge. Public and political outrage forced them to quickly withdraw the proposed rule. This rule should certainly be withdrawn again.  The similar Veteran Administration regulation should also be eliminated. The bureaucratic, unchallengeable, adjudicated elimination of rights should not be allowed to stand.


    12. Doctor’s To Report Mental Health Issues to the FBI

    The Department of Health and Human Services is finalizing a rule to remove unnecessary legal barriers preventing States from reporting relevant information about people prohibited from possessing a gun for specific mental health reasons.

        This is perhaps the most chilling of all of Obama’s proposals: Doctors would be required to report their suspicions of mental health issues to the FBI. Their patient would then lose his or her 2nd Amendment Rights – forever. With little or no ability to appeal or the right to due process.  

        The executive order has a host of legal, ethical and professional problems. It intrudes on the formally protected Doctor–Patient relationship and confidentially. MDs without the specialized psychiatric training would be forced to make a snap mental health judgements. As doctors under Obamacare are now de-facto employees of the government, they could be coerced to report on the slightest of suspicions, or even be given quotas to meet.  As the doctor’s license, practice, insurance and career could be put in jeopardy if a patient is not reported as mentally ill, they will be incentivized to over-report. Worst of all, because of Big Brother’s presence in the treatment rooms and the draconian gun seizures, some people will hesitate to get the treatment they need.          
       
        It should be noted that doctors kill 120,000 people each year through errors and malpractice.  That’s more than an order of magnitude more than murders with guns.  Should we actually be banning doctors?  



    13. Conduct or Sponsor Research into Gun Safety Technology

    The President has directed the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology.

    The Progressive fantasy of smart-gun technology rears its ugly head again. Obama even compared this fanciful technology to the fingerprint readers on smart phones.  Considering that phones are treated a lot more gently than guns – and the fingerprint readers don’t work all that well – that is a very poor comparison.  

    And given that the government will likely require a disabling backdoor to be installed in the software, this is an extremely blatant assault on the 2nd Amendment. This proposal could only come from someone used to being protected by guards with hair triggers.  



    14. Regular reviews of Smart Gun technology

    The President has also directed the departments to review the availability of smart gun technology on a regular basis, and to explore potential ways to further its use and development to more broadly improve gun safety.

        In his address, Obama also called for tracking devices to be placed in guns.  Hundreds of people, including two American law-enforcement agents, could be alive if those devices only been added to the guns Obama and Eric Holder sold to the Mexican drug cartels. Giving the government the ability to determine where the guns are – well, that couldn’t possibly go wrong… could it?  

      Obama also called for child resistant triggers. This laughable goal is one more indication of just how far the man’s thinking differs from average American and the Founding Fathers. He certainly would not want child resistant triggers on the guns that protect him.


    15. Congress Called to Support the President’s Demands

    Congress should support the President’s request for resources for 200 new ATF agents and investigators to help enforce our gun laws, as well as a new $500 million investment to address mental health issues.

        Hopefully, the Congress will be in no mood to support these dangerous fantasies.


    16. Urge manufacturers, retailers, and other private-sector leaders to explore what more they can do.

    Because we all must do our part to keep our communities safe, the Administration is also calling on States and local governments to do all they can to keep guns out of the wrong hands and reduce gun violence. It is also calling on private-sector leaders to follow the lead of other businesses that have taken voluntary steps to make it harder for dangerous individuals to get their hands on a gun. In the coming weeks, the Administration will engage with manufacturers, retailers, and other private-sector leaders to explore what more they can do.

        This last pronouncement is a reminder of the power of the government’s iron fist in the velvet glove. The Obama administration has been very active in using the coercive power of the government to affect their goals. Actions like Operation Choke Point have hampered lawful activities that the administration found objectionable. This type of extra-legal coercion shold be called out and resisted.  


    By our count, that’s 16 anti-gun initiatives. None of them would address the problem of terrorism the homeland soil, none of them would have prevented the mass killings of the past, none of them would actually reduce crime. All of them demonize the law-abiding gun owners who are more of the solution than part of the problem. Obama should be called out for his feckless, divisive assault on the Constitutional rights of America’s citizens.  Mr President, we demand you focus on the issue that actually threatening this nation, and stop trying to eliminate the Constitutinaly protected right to keep and bear arms.


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    Post by Devereaux on Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:58 am

    Nice review, CF. The bottom line is that no matter how you look at it, Obama sucks.

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    Post by Charlie Foxtrot on Fri Jan 15, 2016 12:27 pm

    I'm hopeful now that 'Boma has put things down on paper and been able to pout, pontificate and cry before the media and adoring sycophants he'll return to the golf course and forget all about it.

    As bad as he is, we've been lucky. 'Boma is a profoundly lazy man, much more comfortable campaigning and speaking other's words on the teleprompter, than doing the hard work of governance. I shudder to think what damage an active idiot like Bidden could have done.

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    Post by Devereaux on Fri Jan 15, 2016 1:11 pm

    Charlie Foxtrot wrote:I'm hopeful now that 'Boma has put things down on paper and been able to pout, pontificate and cry before the media and adoring sycophants he'll return to the golf course and forget all about it.

    As bad as he is, we've been lucky.  'Boma is a profoundly lazy man, much more comfortable campaigning and speaking other's words on the teleprompter, than doing the hard work of governance.  I shudder to think what damage an active idiot like Bidden could have done.  

    Classic!

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    Post by MrJim on Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:29 pm

    [quote="Charlie Foxtrot"]Wrote this up for the Polite Society Podcast [quote]

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    Excellent~I recently transferred to a new department where I work alone and I've been prowling around for a couple more podcasts to add to my daily 9 hour day...just added yours from iTunes~thanks!

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    Post by Cornmastah on Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:15 pm

    Thanks for the writeup! CF, are you one of the people on the Polite Society Podcast or do you just contribute with writeups and such?

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    Post by MrJim on Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:30 pm

    I listened to the Polite Society Podcast's report of SHOT Show last night...and the last previous...they do a nice job and have been added to my podcast list along with Gun Nation, Spirko's Survival Podcast, Doom & Bloom, Red Eye Radio, & Bongino's Renegade Republican (along with my Ancient Faith Radio podcasts Smile )...and the 1/15 episode Charlie Foxtrot was mentioned...and that was cool Cool

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    Post by Charlie Foxtrot on Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:03 pm

    Cornmastah wrote:Thanks for the writeup!  CF, are you one of the people on the Polite Society Podcast or do you just contribute with writeups and such?

    Ahem. "...just contribute with writeups and such?"

    You wound me, sirrah.  

    I write the News and Defensive Gun Uses (DGUs) segments that my puppets simply read on the podcast.  Wink  I'm behind the scenes because I've got a face made for radio and a voice for Morse Code.

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    Post by Cornmastah on Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:51 pm

    Charlie Foxtrot wrote:
    Cornmastah wrote:Thanks for the writeup!  CF, are you one of the people on the Polite Society Podcast or do you just contribute with writeups and such?

    Ahem. "...just contribute with writeups and such?"

    You wound me, sirrah.  

    I write the News and Defensive Gun Uses (DGUs) segments that my puppets simply read on the podcast.  Wink  I'm behind the scenes because I've got a face made for radio and a voice for Morse Code.

    Lol, awesome! I just listened to an episode. It is a well made podcast especially the DGU's... I subscribed and plan on listening much more in the future.

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    Post by Devereaux on Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:52 pm

    CF - you always make me laugh.

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    Post by Charlie Foxtrot on Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:07 pm

    Just to be completely open and honest: I share the writing duties with the on-air talent. Paul Lathrup, Rob Morse, John Richardson, Rachael Malone and Gary Daugherty all do an outstanding job in writing and presenting the Gun News, DGUs, and the Interview segments. Paul's wife, Susan, does an excellent job reading our dreck - when she's absent, the 'cast certainly suffers.  I like to think of myself as the glue that holds everything together, as everyone can readily agree that I was the one that screwed it up.  

    My Gun News and DGU write-ups usually form the basic core of the show. The others, especially Rob, contribute mightily. Even if I don't get to be in the limelight, it's something I do for the 2nd Amendment. I'm proud to say that the 'cast's popularity continues to grow exponentially.

    Yeah, do give it a listen - most importantly; provide us some honest criticism.

    And thanks for the good words; Corn, Dev and Mr. Jim.

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    Post by Cornmastah on Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:32 am

    It would be cool if they had forums.  I'm just not a huge fan of facebook stuff.  Forum posts seem like they are a little more thought out than facebook comments in general.  Maybe not, but it seems that way to me.  It would also be nice if they (the podcast cast members) read the forums and actively participated in them--unlike the cast of TheGunNation.  Sorry Doc, but it's true...

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    Post by MrJim on Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:48 pm

    Cornmastah wrote:It would be cool if they had forums.  I'm just not a huge fan of facebook stuff.  Forum posts seem like they are a little more thought out than facebook comments in general.  Maybe not, but it seems that way to me.  It would also be nice if they (the podcast cast members) read the forums and actively participated in them--unlike the cast of TheGunNation.  Sorry Doc, but it's true...

    amen....the forum here is basically ignored and the podcast used to be 3 or 4 times a month and now it's a hit-or-miss... Sad


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    Post by Devereaux on Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:13 pm

    Cornmastah wrote:It would be cool if they had forums.  I'm just not a huge fan of facebook stuff.  Forum posts seem like they are a little more thought out than facebook comments in general.  Maybe not, but it seems that way to me.  It would also be nice if they (the podcast cast members) read the forums and actively participated in them--unlike the cast of TheGunNation.  Sorry Doc, but it's true...

    Everyone gets tired sooner or later.

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    Post by MrJim on Mon Feb 01, 2016 12:37 pm

    Charlie Foxtrot wrote:Just to be completely open and honest: I share the writing duties with the on-air talent. Paul Lathrup, Rob Morse, John Richardson, Rachael Malone and Gary Daugherty all do an outstanding job in writing and presenting the Gun News, DGUs, and the Interview segments. Paul's wife, Susan, does an excellent job reading our dreck - when she's absent, the 'cast certainly suffers.  I like to think of myself as the glue that holds everything together, as everyone can readily agree that I was the one that screwed it up.  

    My Gun News and DGU write-ups usually form the basic core of the show. The others, especially Rob, contribute mightily. Even if I don't get to be in the limelight, it's something I do for the 2nd Amendment. I'm proud to say that the 'cast's popularity continues to grow exponentially.

    Yeah, do give it a listen - most importantly; provide us some honest criticism.

    And thanks for the good words; Corn, Dev and Mr. Jim.

    I listened to the latest Polite Society Podcast early this morning at work~you guys do a great job...I like the format too.

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