03 December 2015
GOA Says Obama Planning Gun Control Via Executive Order
I’m sure you’ve heard the news.
There’s been another shooting -- this one in California -- and, already, the President is using the tragedy to go after your guns.
Obama said yesterday that we need more “common sense gun safety laws” and “stronger background checks.”
Of course, Obama ignores the fact that California has THE STRICTEST laws in the country -- banning most so-called “assault weapons” and “large capacity” magazines, requiring Universal Background Checks, imposing a 10-day waiting period, and much more.
He also used the opportunity to say that terrorists who are on the “no fly list” can easily exploit our gun laws by just walking into a gun store and buying a gun.
And herein lies the subterfuge that Obama is currently using to impose a backdoor gun ban.
The big ruse: Get Americans to ignore Obama’s incompetence
Breitbart News reported recently that the White House is using gun control as a ruse to “distract” Americans away from the President’s “faltering Islamic State strategy.”
Says AWR Hawkins of Breitbart: The President wants to expand firearm “background checks to include individuals listed in the no-fly list.”
The President repeated this call for Universal Background Checks yesterday -- a proposal that would necessarily require a BAN on the private sale of firearms.
As stated above, California has already tried this failed approach. And nationally, background checks are a huge failure, given that roughly 95% of initial denials under the NICS system are “false positives.”
But Obama’s solution -- that of using the government’s “secret blacklist” to keep people from purchasing guns -- is especially heinous, as it will prevent even more law-abiding gun owners from purchasing firearms.
The Terror Watch list is riddled with errors
For the record: There are a whopping number of names on the various government lists -- 47,000 on the “No-Fly” list, with another 700,000 on the government’s “terror watch” list.
One frequent criticism is that no one knows how the names got on these lists, or how people can get off.
We do know that people like the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and Representative Don Young (R-AK) have been temporarily blocked from getting on planes because their names were on a “watch” list -- or their names were confused with people on that list.
We also know that an 8-year old Cub Scout from New Jersey is on the no-fly list.
And like that Cub Scout, there are hundreds of thousands of people -- at least 38% of those on the “secret blacklist” -- who have been erroneously flagged, according to the Office of the Inspector General.
There are no standards for populating the “watch list.” The uber-liberal Huffington Post says one way to get on the list is to just be “unlucky.”
Bipartisan support for a “secret blacklist” gun ban?
It is imperative that you contact your congressmen -- regardless of whether they are a Republican or Democrat.
This secret gun ban has tremendous support among Democrats, but even among some Republicans as well.
Donald Trump, one of the Republican presidential hopefuls, has voiced support for using the government’s “terror watch” list to ban Americans from buying guns.
This is why your outpouring of opposition is so important. You can prevent even more Republicans from jumping on board this bad idea.
On the other side of the aisle, Democrat Senators Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Chuck Schumer (NY) are pushing a similar idea in S. 551 -- legislation that could be dubbed as the “Let Terrorists Walk the Streets” act. (H.R. 1076 is the companion bill in the House of Representatives.)
Under this proposal, if the Attorney General determines that an individual has been engaged in terrorism, the Democrat solution is to continue to let the terrorist walk the street, while simply adding his name to the NICS system to prevent him from acquiring guns -- as if a law were capable of doing that.
But here’s an idea for Feinstein and Schumer: “If you identify a terrorist, then you SHOULD PROBABLY ARREST him, rather than using him as a pawn in your gun control agenda.”
Ominously, this bill specifically allows the Attorney General to conceal WHY that person was added into NICS, thus allowing an anti-gun Attorney General like Loretta Lynch to illegitimately add thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of Americans into the “no buy” list, without ever being called to account.
This just underscores how important it is for ALL gun owners to lobby their congressmen on this issue.
Tell your Representative and Senators to oppose every effort from the White House to cynically use Obama’s failure to curb terrorism as an excuse to impose a “secret blacklist” gun ban.
Thank you for your activism. It makes a difference.
Director of Communications
Gun Owners of America
P.S. Attacks on our liberties increase more when people feel less secure. So it’s vitally important to remind your legislator that an armed populace is THE BEST security against terrorism. So please click here to take action.