President Obama is abusing his power and usurping congressional authority. He is
replacing the rule of law with arbitrary rule, ignoring the constitutional
limits upon his power. This is the real meaning of his assault on the Second
On Wednesday, Mr. Obama released his proposals to curb gun violence in the wake
of the Sandy Hook massacre. Surrounded by schoolchildren, the president
announced the most sweeping gun-control package in decades. His reforms have
three policy objectives: implement universal background checks on gun owners,
ban so-called assault weapons, and place strong limits on high-capacity
ammunition magazines. In short, his goal is to roll back gun rights.
Moreover, the president is issuing 23 executive orders to combat gun violence.
Their primary purpose is to bolster the
system for background checks. The orders expand the nanny state, further
undermining individual liberties. All gun owners will be registered in a
national computer database. Hence, Big Brother will know which U.S. citizens own
guns and how many. We are one step closer to achieving what liberals truly
crave: the confiscation of all firearms. If the
identify all gun owners and how many weapons they have, then an all-out gun grab
Mr. Obama’s proposals would have done nothing — absolutely nothing — to prevent
the shootings in Newtown, Conn. They are simply smoke and mirrors to advance the
radical leftist gun control agenda. Shooter
mother passed a comprehensive background check. The shooter killed his mother
before taking her AR-15 rifle and several handguns to unleash his diabolical
The sad truth is that the Newtown massacre occurred for one reason: An evil,
mentally ill man snapped and slaughtered 20 children and six adults.
have been receiving serious psychiatric treatment. He wasn’t. His mother should
have properly secured and stored her weapons, and not had him practice regularly
at the firing range. She didn’t. That was the lethal cocktail that sparked the
government cannot abolish bad parenting or severe mental illness — at least
not in a free society.
There is only one policy prescription that can help prevent school shootings:
placing armed guards in every school. School districts should hire trained
professionals, especially former military personnel, who will patrol school
grounds and exercise deadly force if an armed intruder threatens students. This
would serve as a massive deterrent, substantially reducing the likelihood of
Sandy Hook-style massacres happening again.
Instead, Mr. Obama and his media allies are exploiting the dead children of
Newtown to eviscerate the Second Amendment. Liberals’ hostility toward gun
rights is based upon their hatred of limited government and individual freedom.
The Constitution clashes with their dream of utopian collectivism. Hence, a
disarmed citizenry is fundamental to their drive to erect a powerful,
centralized socialist state. Stripping away the Second Amendment would remove
another major obstacle to the rise of big-government progressivism. By
monopolizing force, the state would have nearly complete control over citizens.
This is why our Founding Fathers championed gun ownership as the linchpin of a
Moreover, it is why Mr. Obama is politicizing the Sandy Hook shooting. He
realizes that comprehensive gun control will take America one giant step closer
to a European-style social democracy. He wants to do this even if it means
trampling upon the Constitution and usurping power.
His executive orders are illegal and unconstitutional. The president has no
authority — not a scintilla — to unilaterally regulate or limit gun ownership or
violate the Second Amendment. Such acts are strictly the purview of Congress and
the courts. Moreover, his order using Obamacare as a vehicle to essentially
deputize doctors, enabling them to ask patients whether they have firearms, is a
blatant abuse of executive power. He is turning doctors into agents of the
Tea Party Republicans are finally waking up to Mr. Obama’s game. Rep. Steve
Stockman of Texas has warned that he may file articles of impeachment. Sen. Rand
Paul of Kentucky is rightly comparing the president to a “king or monarch.” Mr.
Obama is acting as though he is above the law. He isn’t.
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a radio commentator in Boston.