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Old 01-16-2013, 03:20 PM   #21
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I already posted this in the "Obama to issue executive order regarding guns?" thread, but I'll repost it anyway.

Some of these EO's are interesting...

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.
The guy responsible for Operation Fast and Furious gets to decide who is dangerous and shouldn't have a gun. How ironic.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
Don't cops already check the serial number to see if a seized gun is stolen? Now you have to go through a background check before you can get your legally owned gun back? I could see this easily being abused.

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

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
DHS already runs mock active shooter scenarios at schools. I know these EO's aren't specific, but I would guess that DHS will be more involved than ever.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
I didn't know that doctors could ask about your guns in the first place. Many patients will just lie about their guns, or flat out refuse to answer the question.
And I was correct in thinking that DHS will expand its role because of EO 12 and 19.

I was right. It didn't take Manet Napolitano long to announce it. The DHS will expand its role in our every day lives.

DHS to 'Expand and Formalize Coordination' on Gun Control Efforts
1:09 PM, JAN 16, 2013 • BY MICHAEL WARREN

Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, released a statement Wednesday saying she is "proud to support" the Obama administration's efforts to "combat gun violence in our country." Here's more from Napolitano's statement:

In the aftermath of the tragic Newtown shooting, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), together with the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the FBI have worked to identify measures that could be taken to reduce the risk of mass casualty shootings. In the coming days, DHS will expand and formalize coordination of ongoing efforts intended to prevent future mass casualty shootings, improve preparedness, and to strengthen security and resilience in schools and other potential targets. DHS will work with partners at all levels of government, to address five critical areas intended to reduce the risk of mass casualty shootings in the United States: Prevention, Protection, Response, Education, and Research/Evaluation. DHS will also work with law enforcement to refresh, expand and prioritize the implementation of nationwide public awareness efforts such as the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign. This is a critical issue that requires immediate attention and I look forward to supporting the President and this Administration as we move ahead.
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