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Once Again, Barack Obama Strives for Perfect Attendance.

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Yesterday, amid great fanfare and spectacle, complete with innocent children as props, President Barack Obama bravely voted, “Present,” dropped back five, and punted.  His 23 Executive Orders were, to put it mildly, a joke.   They were a kin to a kid being told he needed to turn in a seven page paper and he kept typing the same things in different ways page after page.  And if that wasn’t enough, Our President then, with amazing intestinal fortitude (and a straight face) handed Congress the whole mess and said, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

The thing is, The President could have done A LOT of (temporary) damage to the firearms industry with powers he does have.  He could have instructed the BATFE (eye-ee-eye-oh!) to ban the importation of a whole host of guns by deeming them “Not suitable for sporting purposes.”   Now, that would have caused some legal problems because the regs would have to be bent so far as to break, but given Obama’s predilection for full-blow constitutional crises, the legal dust up over the rules for “sporting purpose” would be like fighting a traffic ticket by comparison.

Companies like Glock and Taurus would be hit hard as their manufacturing presence in the U.S. is either small (TaurusUSA) or nonexistent (as with Glock).  All manner of full capacity magazines (30 rounds) could be made illegal to import.  Especially the ones imported for the always maligned “AK-47*” that, apparently, most gun owner agree is evil and, “only belongs in the hands of the military,” never mind the militaries that field the AK-47 are almost all criminal enterprises that terrorize unarmed citizens until the citizens get ahold of their own AKs…   But I digress.

He could have bravely ordered The Acting BATFE(eye-ee-eye-oh!) Director to begin bending the regs and shut down the flow of evil 30 round magazines and semi-automatic weapons into the country from ferrin’ godless lands.  And if you doubt he has the authority to do that, try and find a NORINCO 1911 or NORINCO SKS at your local merchant-of-death.  You can’t.  Not because they’ve been bought up with all the other guns in this crisis, but because Bill Clinton outlawed their importation**.    Not only could Barry ban the importation of guns and parts, but also ammo.

Dear Leader could have CROWED with triumph yesterday then demanded The Congress have the guts that he did.   “I’ve stopped them from commin’ in!  Y’all stop them from getting out!”  Well… maybe not that tag line.  That might not play well with the “Fast and Furious” scandal.  But you get the idea.

However, he didn’t do anything of the sort.  My guess is because he doesn’t have a permanent BATFE(eye-ee-eye-oh!) Director to hide behind.  Regardless of the reason, he stood his prop children on the piled bodies of the dead children of Newtown and tried to yell, “LOOK! ELVIS;” leaving Congress to take the black eye.  Amid all the trappings of perfectly staged photo-op, Our President stared out at the smoking hulk of the Reichstag, where he’d fanned flames only a short time ago, and said, “NOT IT!  But, you, Congress, make me a cake as fast as you can so I can tell them to eat it.”

Now the sad truth of any importation ban is that Glock and other companies like it would just temporarily partner with a U.S. manufacturer to build enough parts for their guns to be considered “Manufactured in the U.S.A.” until they could build or buy their own plants.   Companies like Taurus would just push to expand their U.S. facilities as fast as they could.  The only companies to be permanently affected would be the outliers that only serious gun nuts like me would care about (like NORINCO).  But that wouldn’t stop the narrative that “The President took firm action.”  And in the future when GlockUS opened its doors with jobs for some small community in a Southern state, Dear Leader could just say, “Hey, I did my part, it was those evil Republicans in The House that killed the bill that would have saved just one life (My political one).”

Please don’t get me wrong.  I HATE Executive Orders.  I’m happy Dear Leader didn’t send the rule-of-law into another tailspin with Extra-Constitutional mandates.   I’m happy, both for political and constitutional reasons, Congress has to go on the record with this nonsense.   I fear a deal will be struck that will outlaw private sales and standard capacity magazines.  I fear The House Republicans will cave and pick those low hanging fruits for a compromise.  But they shouldn’t because The President showed he’s not going to do anything more than talk about this.  He’s voted, “Present,” so The Congress should listen to the people, the States, and The Constitution and do the same.

* FYI:  For all the bluster from Dear Leader about AK-47s; REAL AK-47’s are heavily regulated by the NFA of ’34.  You can’t own one without an ok from the ATF, an okie-dokie from your locale’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer, a deep background check by the FBI, $200 for the tax and paperwork, a several month wait, and a spare $10K-$20K for the legally transferable registered weapon itself.   All civilian “AKs” are AIR-QUOTE AKs.  They LOOK like an AK-47 but are simply a semi-automatic version.  It’s like owning a kit version of a real Shelby Cobra. 

** It’s toward the end of the page.  You can see that 1994 was not a good year for the 2nd Amendment and was the high water mark for anti-2A forces.   Just like an aging hippy trying to recapture their youth with a bottle of Cuervo and bag of “glaucoma medicine”, me thinks the haters of the 2nd Amendment are trying to recapture the halcyon hays of joy they used to get in their little black hearts when they could say, “boo,” and everyone would bow to their whims.   Times, and the internet, have changed.  Anyway, if you find the page, “TLDR,” here’s the relevant line:

“Also in 1994, President Clinton, by Executive Order, banned importation of firearms and ammunition from Red China, then a major exporter of AK-47-type semi-automatic rifles.”

And notice the phrase, “AK-47 type.”  See footnote “*”

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Written by lablount

January 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm

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