CNN published an article on Wednesday detailing President Barack Obama signing 23 executive orders in an effort to reduce gun violence. Not surprisingly, immediately following the Sandy Hook tragedy, anti-gun activists have been pushing for tighter gun control and, of course, a reinstatement of the “assault rifle” ban, among other violations of Second Amendment rights. However, as Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner, Liston Matthews points out, a gun and magazine ban is, at best, extremely irrational.
With the irrationality and public disapproval of such a ban, but yet still a desire to appear as if he’s actually doing something to fix the problem, the President has come up with another, perhaps more publically accepted, solution, as reported on Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Yahoo’s The Lookout.
Executive order 14:
Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
Apparently gun violence has now become some sort of disease. This assumption arises since the CDC is responsible for the control and prevention of diseases. Aren’t there other government agencies more adept to study violent behaviors? In addition, why waste more money, which the government doesn’t have in the first place, when the CDC has already prepared a study involving gun violence and the effect of the “assault rifle” ban of 1994 to 2004. Unfortunately, the results of the study were rather inconvenient for some political agendas.
The Task Force found insufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws or combinations of laws reviewed on violent outcomes.
The President has taken the usual government stance on fixing a problem: Throw more money at it, to the tune of 10 million dollars. Of course this seems like a viable solution. After all, it’s worked so well on both the public school system and the war on drugs.
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.
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