A few thoughts on continued gun control efforts…..

Well – your President signed 23 Executive Orders on Wednesday in response to several recent mass shootings. Many gun owners all over the country are breathing a giant sigh of relief in that the President did not reclassify commonly owned semi-automatic firearms as Class 3. He did not institute a 50% tax on ammunition. He did not do many of the things which people have feared he would.


Well, we are all in the clear, right? WRONG. Although these 23 Executive Orders may not prevent the vast majority of us from going to our local gun shop and buying what we want, along with the ammunition and accessories – the anti-gun crowd has a victory in their quest for eventual total confiscation and total gun banning.  The 23 Orders are done. So, what are the Executive Orders?

From http://beforeitsnews.com/tea-party/2013/01/obamas-full-list-of-23-executive-orders-on-gun-control-2473804.html

  1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
  2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
  3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
  4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
  5. Propose rule making to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
  6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
  7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
  8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
  9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
  10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
  11. Nominate an ATF director.
  12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
  13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
  14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
  15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
  16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
  17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
  18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
  19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
  20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
  21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
  22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
  23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

Reading through this list many of you may say to yourself, “Self, some of these make sense.” Well – you may be right and you may be wrong. Will any of these have prevented the shootings in Connecticut or Aurora? No – they wouldn’t have.  So why do it? Politics. It is as simple as that – pure politics and political motivation to appear that they are taking responsible action to prevent another tragedy.

Not to get too technical, but…….phooey!


New York: New York Governor Cuomo just signed into law some of the most restrictive gun control laws ever enacted. Gun control measures were so strict in fact that it will be illegal to purchase a firearm magazine which can hold more than 7 rounds – even if you are  in law enforcement. If you live in New York…..move!


Congress: Congress has yet to vote on any gun control measures. Although no one knows for sure what exactly will be introduced nor what will pass – word on the street is the Senate does not have the votes to pass much of anything. So – it looks like a repeat of the 94 AWB (or worse) is not going to happen.


What does all this mean? Well – to start with it looks as though the shortage of firearms, magazines and ammunition should be ending. When? Who knows but my guess is within a few months.


What do we do now? We MUST remain proactive and vigilant when it comes to voting out those that would back ANY gun control measures. We must fund organizations such as the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America.

We also must prepare. If things go as I predict and for most of us firearms, ammunition, and magazines become readily available again – lets look at this as a reprieve and take advantage. If you were caught with your pants down and realized you didn’t have enough ammunition, guns and magazines – fix that situation.  When able – stock up.


It’s going to be interesting.








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  1. yeah we’re on the same page on this one. lesson learned. by the end of this year God willing i will make sure i buy (if we’re right and the panic buying ends and prices return to normal) every weapon and every bit of ammunition i can. I was caught off guard and prioritized other preps ahead of weapons. never again. slow and steady for everything else. guns and ammo first.

  2. I have heard that it may take until 2015 to replenish the firearms pipeline. There really is nothing out there, guns, mags, ammo, reloading components, dies, spare parts. It really is mother hubbards cupboard. LE has even been effected. Guess they’ll have to break into that stock of .40 they have stashed. Maybe we can get help from NATO. Regards, D.

  3. What I think pro 2nd amendment people need to do considering is to organize and pool resources and action plans. They went door to door confiscating illegally during Katrina. The only notice you might get is when they knock on your door or show up at the end of your street with a road block. What measures will you have in place to mitigate this possible scenario. Logistics, Emergency Action Plans, rules of engagement or response etc. need to be drawn up in advance

  4. They say that in any great endeavor, just showing up is half the battle. Dear Leader is at his best in ~showing up~, being eloquent, compassionate and manipulative with the facts. The other half of this battle still concerns me. I’m not sure if there is such a thing as collective sarcasm, but surely if there is, the gun grabbing groupies collective sigh at Obama’s “Executive Orders” litany of excuses would qualify. Yes, we lucked up, Dear Leader did not attempt to overstep his authority (yet), but the gun control lobby still sees it’s glass as half full, even if it’s half full of disappointment. We need to stay vigilant and keep the pressure on, the other side certainly will… while they’re also busy wishing for another mass shooting.

  5. Congress may stall big gun legislation but individual states can make life hell for law abiding gun owners. Here in MA, with some of the dumbest and most confusing gun laws ever crafted, the idiots are saying how they want to outdo NY. Can’t move, can only wait until the winds of time and change shift back. Everyone knows it is inner city drug dealers that kill people day in and day out in Boston but the Mayor, Governor, and now our new Senator, think more laws will stop criminals.

  6. They (TPTB) take an inch (OR FOOT) a year and soon they have won. Time for gun owners to attack the GUN laws (rid society of those binding laws) and get The Powers That Be (TPTB) out of office and get the 2nd amendment in full force.

  7. I spent this last week at SHOT show (Shooting, Hunting, and Outdoor Trade Show) in Las Vegas. Based on what I heard from manufacturers it will be 6 to 10 months before supply begins to catch up with demand. And that is if the demand slows down in the next few weeks. All of the ammo manufacturers are over a million orders behind. As supply catches up prices should go down as well but not to pre-December prices. If you can wait give it a few months and then make your purchases.

  8. they have just begun the real fight. obama’s campaign machine just went non-proffit to saturate the airwaves for gun control. unlimited money, unlimited lies. get ready folks.

  9. Rourke, THANK you for the full coverage of the GUN issues.We are very seriously considering moving from NYS. Friends who own guns and those that dont own guns are also very upset about their 2nd Amendment rights.
    I recently joined NRA and GOA.Everyone from NYS please go to Sen Kathleen Marciones site and sign her petition .She believes Cuomo and the President are doing what is unconstitutional.
    My blood pressure is out of sight so I am trying to be pro active and to pray
    and take lots of deep breathes outdoors. Any other advice is appreciated.

  10. Arlene, if your not already on them, blood pressure meds may help, though they tend to thin the blood, they turned me into a bleeder, caution is advised! This may not be the kind of advice you were after…. but living to fight for another day is always advisable.

  11. If R. Reagan didn`t close all those mental inst. in the first place when he was sitting on the throne.
    Most of the people would be in a place that can help them and not on the street or having family or the public having to deal with them.

    • Fred –

      Here we go. And I thought blaming Bush for all our problems was getting old. Let’s go back to back 25 years? Let it go…man, just let it go.


  12. John G -thanks.Yes I am on BP pills- now also on a diurectic. I read that eating celery and a bit of walnuts daily helps also- I am trying that too.I
    appreciate your avice and concern. Limiting the news helps also.Your posts are always good. Keep prepping !! Arlene
    PSAlso this week I ordered 3 more packages of bees and queens . I am a beekeeper already. Now is the time to order bees for spring.

  13. I belive many of you are breathing an unwarrented sigh of relief. A careful reading of this list and its atendant background documents will reveal an attack not only on gun rights but a back door attack on personal rights as well. Such as: Who decides who are “dangerous persons” and what the definition is? Itmay well be that anyone who has ever taken a valium or a pain killer could be placed on this list. Look carefully at what is going on here. They are very good at getting the camels nose in the BACK DOOR. I see serious dangers in at least 4 of these E.O.s
    As to the supply problems. I believe you may under estimate the extent of that also. There are other factors than the 2nd ammendment that drive commerce and manufactureing: what ompany wants to get stuck with 5000 magazines or 1000 AR recievers that could be banned in a few weeks? (think about any gun stores or Mfgs. in NY state) The anti-gunners are applying pressure in many different areas and it is not likely to stop soon. Once again read a little deeper into any problems and question everything? These are dire times and we have few rights thanks to the many end runs. Pay attention. D.

    • D. –

      You very well may be right. I have heard from several hat attended the recent SHOT show and supplies back orders and fulfillment are worse than I feared.

      Keep what you have, get what you can.

      Thanks D.


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