The 8 Gun-Nuttiest Freakouts Over the Prospect of Obama Issuing a Few Modest Executive Orders
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Editor's note: On Wednesday, Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions he'll take to address gun violence. They can be found here. None of them include banning any firearms.
With an eye on a Republican-controlled House that doesn't give a damn about public opinion, Barack Obama announced that he'd consider using executive orders to make very modest improvements to our weak gun safety laws. Mother Jones laid out what can be done without Congress passing new legislation, and for those of us in the reality-based community, the key word here is “modest.” Obama can order that existing laws be better enforced, appoint a full-time director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, require employees of gun stores to undergo background checks and gun dealers to report thefts, and other tweaks of that nature (you can read the full list here).
But for the New Right, steeped in apocalyptic rhetoric about how Obama's jackbooted zombie-ACORN thugs are going to throw them into FEMA camps at any moment, these kinds of technocratic patches will lead inevitably to Pol Pot's killing fields. Some seem ready to lead a scrappy bunch of teens armed with AR15s into the hills to go full Red Dawn – Wolverines!
Here are eight of the most unhinged reactions we've seen this week.
1. Affirming Godwin's Law
Did I say all of this is like Pol Pot's killing fields? Sorry – must be my liberal bias showing. Fortunately, we have Fox to put it all in the proper perspective. Lars Larson appeared on the “news” channel to bring this nuanced analysis: "It will be, '[give us] your papers please,' like Nazi Germany," he said.
And then there's the always-reliable Drudge...
In a country that houses its crazies in the House of Representatives, it would be odd not to begin a policy debate with an impeachment threat. And House Republicans aren't about to disappoint us. On Monday, Rep Steve Stockman, R-Texas, said any executive order beefing up background checks or whatever would pose an “existential threat” to the nation, and vowed to file a resolution of impeachement. According to Talking-Points Memo, Stockman said:
“The President’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office -- they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger,” Stockman said in the statement. “If the President is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist.”
Stockman is no doubt yet another “constitutional conservative” who has no clue what's in the Constitution. Article II, Section 4 allows the president to be impeached for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors – not not using the power vested in his office to do things right-wingers really don't like.
3. Armchair Revolutionaries Are Cleaning Their Muskets
Revolution is in the air! At least in Mathew Barber's mother's basement, where he must compose his nuanced arguments for Clownhall. In a recent post, he threatened to go all 1776 on your ass if you even cast a sideways glance at his shooting irons.
Marvel at the delusions...
See, the left’s totalitarian brand of “gun control” has nothing to do with controlling guns – or bad guys. Rather, it has everything to do with controlling – disarming – the law-abiding masses. It’s not about protecting the innocents. It’s about rendering the innocents defenseless.
Crap, he's onto us now.
I was disgusted – physically sickened, in fact – when Barack Obama, president of these Divided States of America, shamelessly exploited the Sandy Hook memorial service to lay the groundwork for his unconstitutional gun-confiscation scheme. It was slimy to the extreme.