Obama Administration Subverts Congress With Two New Executive Actions On Guns
If Barack Obama wants to implement gun control, he needs to try to do it through Congress, not via executive actions.
After failing to strengthen background checks on gun buyers through Congress, the Obama administration on Friday announced pending executive action on the matter focused mainly on mental health issues that would allow the government to get around certain privacy laws on the books in order to obtain more information.
The new restrictions would take the form of regulations from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services. One of the regulations would seek to gain information previously withheld because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPPA, which protects medical privacy.
…Federal regulations do not require congressional authorization, but must go through a period of public comment and review before being enacted.
The Justice Department regulation would clarify who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law for reasons of mental health. The White House says that terminology in federal law is ambiguous.
This is a petty little signal from Obama to his base. He’s saying, “I’ll do anything I can to strip guns away from the American people.” Hopefully everyone, especially the Americans who vote in 2014, will see what Obama is doing and vote accordingly.