“Administration officials have confirmed that recommendations for the president are nearing completion.”
A month ago, after the mass San Bernardino shooting, we predicted that “the US will see increasingly more escalating “attacks” until ultimately Obama’s crackdown on gun sales and possession hits its breaking point and the president’s gun confiscation mandate is finally executed.”
Without a Democratic majority in Congress, and faced with a GOP that is firmly against any form of gun control measures, Obama has repeatedly warned that he would act on his own. Next week he will do just that, and his “gun confiscation” mandate will get a substantial boost on Monday, when according to the WSJ Obama will meet with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch “to consider measures aimed at reducing gun violence, a conversation that comes as he prepares to announce new executive actions in the coming days.”
The president has directed administration officials to explore any steps he could take on guns without lawmakers’ help, and he said in his weekly address that he would sit down with Ms. Lynch on Monday “to discuss our options.”
Once he has Lynch’s “blessing”, the WSJ adds that Obama “could lay out multiple executive actions as soon as next week, and administration officials have confirmed that recommendations for the president are nearing completion.”
White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Mr. Obama asked his team to “scrub existing legal authorities” and assess actions that could be taken administratively.
Why act now?
“I get too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids to sit around and do nothing,” Obama said in the address, which was released Friday morning.
Something tells Obama gets even more letters from supporters of the Second Amendment, although their contents may be just slightly more “colorful.”
“We know that we can’t stop every act of violence. But what if we tried to stop even one?” Obama added. “What if Congress did something—anything—to protect our kids from gun violence?”
“The president has made clear he’s not satisfied with where we are and expects that work to be completed soon,” the White House spokesman added. In other words, it’s time for the president to micromanage yet another aspect of daily US lives, because Obamacare turned out so well.
One executive action that will almost certainly be unveiled is the “tightening” of rules for firearms sellers by requiring more of them to be licensed and, as a result, to conduct background checks on buyers.
Anything Obama does unveil will be met with stiff resistance.