WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is "determined to take action" against gun violence and is weighing possible executive orders aimed preventing further attacks like last month's shooting massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, Vice President Joe Biden said on Wednesday.Biden spoke to reporters at the start of a White House meeting with gun violence victims and gun-control advocates as part of his effort to craft a package of recommendations that Obama has requested by the end of January.
From what we've learned, it seems that the Executive order is a means to work-around the Powerful Gun Lobby known as the NRA. The folks at Reuters are in denial that the "Gun Lobby" is supported by and represents tax paying, law abiding citizens as opposed to the "Tobacco Lobby" that represents Tobacco Companies or the "Oil Lobby" that represents Royals in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
In truth - the President is fond of ruling by edict. It is a means to work-around Congress and ultimately the people that Congress represents... you and me.
I will refer to Frithguild (if he cares) to expound on the Constitutional limits of Executive Edict.
I hope when Obama issues the Edict he does it like Yul Brynner as Ramses: "So let it be written, So let it be done."
I don't think an Executive Order reinstating the AWB will happen. An Executive Order instructing Congress to reinstate the AWB is probably what you'll see. As long as he can saddle Republicans with some sort of blame if it fails, or claim victory when the same do nothing law is reinstated with a gazillion exemptions.
From now until the end of the month, a spokesman for the President will routinely threaten "Executive Order unless something is done!" In the eyes of the coastal media (thanks Tom) It will make him appear tough to the Gun Lobby without accomplishing anything.
If nothing happens his legacy will be "he stood up to the Gun Lobby", even though he was playing golf or watching a private screening of a sitcom at the time.
The people with the most to lose are Republicans in Congress, unless they totally cave-in, then... we're screwed. Way too much unexplored territory for any one to risk with a call for confiscation or registration.
It may actually unite the country since law abiding gun owners come from many walks of life.
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free
state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."