President Barack Obama has unveiled his new gun-control plan, once again displaying his poor grasp on priorities and what really threatens the citizens of this country.
You will recall that he has focused for the last several couple of years on climate change, previously known as global warming until scientists fessed up and admitted that global temperatures had not risen for almost two decades. It then became climate change, and Obama feels that it is urgent that we bankrupt fossil fuel companies, drive coal miners out of business, and spend billions of taxpayer dollars on renewable energy companies run by his friends and cohorts, even though the American people indicate that this issue is way, way down on their priority list.
The death of young black men involved in criminal pursuits by responding police officers has been given immediate attention by Obama, even when all the issues are unknown, and he has weighed in on such cases in order to denigrate law enforcement and defend the criminal elements without have actual facts to help form his opinion.
On the other hand, he could not fit in a visit with the grieving families of 14 innocents massacred by a radical Muslim husband and wife team in San Bernardino until he noticed that his 17 day Hawaii Christmas vacation was in the direct flight path over San Bernardino, at which time he was able to squeeze in a couple of hours with the families in between planning multiple rounds of golf.
Obama is, when examining his overall world view and set of priorities, a narcissist, and he is determined to impose his will and preferences on the American people in spite of opinion polls showing he is completely out of touch with the nation, and often in direct opposition to the focus of elected officials. His scheme for gun control and ultimate gun confiscation was on display yesterday, once again demonstrating his total lack of a balanced priority set in his legislative agenda.
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We are at war with Islamic extremists, and Obama cannot even bring himself to use terrorist and Islam in the same sentence. Nevertheless, ISIS and other Islamic groups have called for the the destruction of Israel, American and the West unless they convert to Islam. Obama has been absolutely miserly in providing resources to destroy this enemy of America, and insistent that bombing runs drop warning leaflets on ISIS targets before unleashing actual bombs sufficient to turn the tide.
He was wrong, and ISIS is actually gaining strength, or at least was until Russia entered the fray. With the risk so great, and the American people so insistent that this is the number one issue he must address, Obama instead has decided that he will invite tens of thousands of Muslims to come live in the United States, even though the immigration department has clearly indicated that they cannot properly vet the huge number of migrants to ensure they are not agents of ISIS. It is incomprehensible unless you decide that his true goal is the destruction of America.
And now Obama has indicated that gun control is much more important than keeping Americans safe from terrorism. He has shown that by the resources he is willing to dedicate to gun control in comparison to the bigger issue of terrorism.
President Obama plans to build a new gun control force of 430 agents, more than eight times the size of the team of commandos he is sending to the Middle East to hunt down and destroy ISIS terrorists.
According to a White House fact sheet, the president plans to deploy 200 more Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents “to help enforce our gun laws.”
He also plans to add at least 230 new FBI agents to pour over the backgrounds of gun buyers. Said the White House: “The FBI will hire more than 230 additional examiners and other staff to help process these background checks.”
In Iraq, by comparison, the White House is moving to install an estimated 50-200 special operations forces to take down ISIS.
An Associated Press report said the commandos would number around 50, with the rest in supporting roles.
This is wrong on so many levels it is hard to comprehend. Even liberal media outlets have indicated that the proposals made by Obama yesterday would have done little or nothing to quell the gun violence that has been committed in the last several years. The proposals are simply an attack on the ability of law-abiding citizens to purchase a gun and defend themselves without undue intrusion from the government.
The proposals also raise serious issues of government ability to come into an individuals home without a warrant or other protections afforded by the Constitution. The biggest question of all is why Obama is so determined to go against the will of the people and to violate so many laws in order to force his will. And that gets back to priorities.
Given that the new executive order will anger much of the nation, will violate so many laws, and will do nothing to take guns out of the hands of criminals or quell violence, why is gun prohibition or confiscation so high on Obama’s priority list? That is the larger question regarding this lawless and imperial president, and the possible answers so dark and dispiriting.