Go ahead Mr. President, make our day. Your rush to make decisions, without careful consideration and representation by all sides may just prove beneficial to the 2nd Amendment overall. Good luck – after today, you are going to need it. (That is, if you were hoping for a bipartisan Bill to make it’s way through Congress to your desk.)
“The practical reality of the executive order options before President Obama — he is, reportedly considering as many as 19 — is that the vast majority of actions he can take are relatively minor in nature. As the Post’s Wonkblog noted Tuesday: “It’s unlikely that Obama can significantly alter gun laws through executive order.”
Of course, the reality of what Obama can do via executive order and the perception of his using executive privilege to alter (or re-enforce) laws are two very different things. And it’s the perception that Obama has to worry about.
If he does make good on all 19 executive orders (or, really, anything in double digits) Republicans will immediately cry foul, insisting that Obama is trying to run our democracy like a dictatorship.
Democrats may roll their eyes at this tactic but remember that there is a major strain of thinking in the country — among Republicans and even some independents — that the ultimate goal for President Obama is to take away everyone’s guns. (To be clear, the President has never hinted at such a move and, in fact, has made clear he opposes any sort of action like that.)
The President acting alone would stoke those fears and gin up Republicans to keep any sort of larger legislation — like, say, an assault weapons ban — from moving through Congress. It would likely be seen as a poison-the-well moment from which the debate might never recover to a place where bipartisan compromise was possible.”