PSA: President Barack Obama's Executive Order Does Not Infringe Anyone's 2nd Amendment Rights
Today, President Barack Obama gave a speech about a new executive order that he has issued. It has to do with gun control, and the paranoia is running rampant, with many gun owners thinking their weapons will be taken away or it'll be impossible to get another one. So here's a nice little PSA for all you who share that thought: Obama's executive order in no way, shape or form infringes upon anyone's Second Amendment rights.
In fact, this order is essentially just an attempt to tighten up background checks, especially for smaller arms dealers who may not be keeping full and accurate files on when and who they sold weapons to.
Gee, maybe that's a bit of common sense, huh?
"The White House is seeking to expand background checks for buyers," an excerpt from CNN's coverage read. "The measure clarifies that individuals 'in the business of selling firearms' register as licensed gun dealers, effectively narrowing the so-called 'gun show loophole,' which exempts most small sellers from keeping formal sales records."
That's really the main hitting point from the order. Let's do everything we can to make sure that the actual people buying weapons are law-abiding citizens with no mental health issues. Right? Crazy thought process, I know.
But instead of thinking logically and rationally, a great deal of gun owners -- mostly Republican -- are blowing it way out of proportion, claiming that these orders are infringing their right to get a gun.
Oh, really? Let me ask, in the past seven years or so, has anyone come knocking on your door asking for your guns? Has anyone at a gun store told you that you couldn't purchase one because of any new laws?
Amazing. You still have your guns, and you have the right to purchase a weapon any time you want; granted, you pass a background check. But our background checks have been insufficient in the past, and as CNN put it, the gun-show loophole is a real problem. This order is an attempt to try and close that loophole, as well as several others.
Many ask why he should even issue this order because it won't stop mass shootings.
That's correct, but why would we have any security measures at all then anywhere? Bad people will do bad things if they want to, but that doesn't mean we should stop trying to reduce the amount of times that happens. And if it happens once, let's not let that bad person be able to do it again. It's common sense. And the President knows that, and said as much in his speech. He also clarified at the beginning and throughout that he doesn't want to take away anyone's rights, and believes in the second amendment himself.
"I believe in the Second Amendment, there written on paper, that guarantees the right to bear arms," Obama said via CNN. "No matter how many times people try to twist my words around, I taught constitutional law. I know a little bit about this. But I also believe that we can find ways to reduce gun violence consistent with the Second Amendment."
CNN also reported that the White House "will provide more funding for mental health treatment, FBI staff and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agents." So for anyone who says they aren't trying to get to the root of the problem, there you go. Of course they're trying to get to the root of the problem, because we do have too much violence in America and doing as many precautionary measures as possible is not a waste of time at all.
It's high time we stop being committed to one party or another and just be human beings -- Americans. We need to protect our people, and all people for that matter, as best we can. This is the right thing to do, and those tears in Obama's eyes during the speech today were real. You may not agree with everything he does, and I haven't either depending on the issue or action, but that does not mean he isn't a human being too.
This is crucial time in our country, and we need to stand together. Gun owners and non-gun owners alike. Trying to keep weapons out of criminals and mentally ill people's hands is a noble cause, and one that shouldn't be criticized so heavily.