Obama Exploring Tighter Gun Control Laws Through Executive Order, Bypassing Congress…

May 31, 2011

The Obama administration is exploring tighter regulation on gun policy that can be secured through an executive order, bypassing congressional approval, officials have confirmed.

The potential crackdown has prompted concern among gun rights groups in the ongoing debate surrounding gun control and Second Amendment rights.

Administration officials said talk of executive orders or agency action are being considered, amidst its crossfire over regulations with a Republican-dominated House.

The Department of Justice held a meeting on Tuesday – the first in what is expected to be a series – to explore how the administration might be able to rule by decree.

Before the meeting, officials said topics of discussion would range from encouraging more thorough background checks and more efficient data-sharing.

An administration official told Fox News: ‘The purpose of these discussions is to be a productive exchange of good ideas from folks across the spectrum. We think that’s a good place to start.’

The news follows a report last month by the Washington Post in which President Obama is quoted saying his administration was working on gun control ‘under the radar’.

The comment was reportedly made during a private meeting with his staff on March 30.

However, the prospect of the White House fulfilling an agenda behind closed doors has sparked an outcry among opponents of tighter gun control.

Gun Owners of America Director Larry Pratt told Fox News: ‘There’s a lot going on under that radar. They’ve shown us how much they are prepared to do through regulation.’

Pratt referred to a proposal from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in which dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas would be required to report multiple sales to the same person of certain kinds of rifles.

A study released by the ATF in January that examined restricting certain shotguns from being imported to the U.S. has been heavily denounced by the National Rifle Association. The write-up is based on a 1968 law that restricts imports of firearms to those used for ‘sporting purposes’.

Another proposal by longtime Senate gun control advocate Frank Lautenberg bans high-capacity ammunition clips, like the one that left Giffords wounded.

A bill introduced earlier this month by New York Representative McCarthy would impose stricter penalties on states that fail to enter the names of people prohibited from buying guns into a national database. It would also require background checks for all gun sales, including at gun shows.

McCarthy spokesman Shams Tarek said President Obama has yet to endorse her proposal.

‘That’s just something we haven’t heard the president say anything about,’ Tarek said, adding the Obama administration is ‘very, very much in listening mode’.

In March, the President addressed his concerns over gun violence to the Arizona Daily Star, supporting more thorough background checks.

While stressing his support of an individual’s right to bear arms, as protected in the Second Amendment, he defended his stance, stating ‘there’s more we can to to prevent gun violence’.

Gun-rights activists are criticising the efforts, citing a study released by the FBI in September that showed gun sales were up in 2009, while violent crimes of all types declined by 5.3 per cent.

Figures from the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) showed 14million guns were sold in 2009, the biggest year since the system began recording data in 1998.

NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said enforcement of current gun control laws should be of primary concern.

Arulanandam told Fox News: ‘The American public does not support gun control… What the American public wants is for criminals to be punished for their mistakes.’

From: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1392132/Obama-eyeing-gun-control-radar.html#ixzz1NrdK04iZ

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Obama-messiah’s new Attorney General says Feds must go easier on black criminals

February 5, 2009

black-power-fistI have warned that the news media has become Obama-messiah’s Praetorian Guard, particularly in regards to the fact that they have been consciously and systematically couching all of his policies in only the most glowing of terms, no matter how egregious.

Here, we see the selection of his new Attorny General, Eric Holder — America’s first black Attorney General — being cast by the liberal news media as a pick designed to help “resolve racial bias problems in the criminal justice system.”

In reality, he was chosen, pure and simple, to institute policies designed to give black criminals more lenient treatment.

The fact that more crimes are committed by black males than any other racial group is re-cast as a “racial bias” situation. Right off the bat, the article below somberly intones that a “disproportionate number” of black males are arrested and imprisoned than any other group. It says this “unchecked racial injustice” and “insensitivity by federal officials” will now come to a screaching halt under Holder.

The term “disproportionate,” of course, is a liberal catch-word designed to invoke feelings of guilt, i.e., as if police run around looking only for black male criminals, turning a blind eye to the nefarious deeds of white male criminals. The term is also cleverly designed to imply that the arrest of criminals should always be proportionate, i.e., that for every black criminal arrested, police should go out and catch a white criminal. After all, it’s only fair. And “fairness” is what the Obama-messiah administration is all about, right?

The term “unchecked racial injustice” is designed to imply that most of the black criminals arrested, tried and incarcerated are unjustly done so, which is to say, their arrest was unjust, their trial was unjust and their incarceration was unjust.

And the term “insensitivity by federal officials” is designed to imply that federal officials have not put an end to these unjusts arrests, trials and incarcerations of blacks because they are insensitive to the horrific racial bias that police officers operate under, that juries operate under, and that the prison system itself operates under. What’s more, they don’t understand the terrible pressures put on blacks, apparently by virtue of their skin color alone, to operate outside of the law, and they are insensitive to the need to take these pressures into account when deciding whether or not to arrest, try and incarcerate a black offender.

But the plain, irrefutable fact is that more black males commit crimes than any other groups: More violent crimes. More felonies. More misdemeanors. More drug crimes. More rapes. More robberies. You name it. About the only crimes whites appear to commit more of is…drum roll, please…white collar crimes.

The new Attorney General is also well-known as an anti-Second Amendment gun-grabber, which, if put in the proper perspective, means he wants to disarm legally armed whites so that illegally armed black criminals have a better chance. Of course, the news media will trumpet his gun-grabbing policies as evidence that he is “tough on crime.” But as every western country that has instituted strict “gun control” laws have seen, criminals end up with all of the guns and law-abiding citizens end up with no way of protecting themselves.

— Spencer

Holder Seen as a Chance To Right Racial Wrongs
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/04/AR2009020403852_2.html?sid=ST2009020403869&s_pos=
 
With First Black Attorney General Come Expectations That Justice System Can Change
 
For decades, the face of the criminal justice system in this country has been black and male: hundreds of thousands locked behind bars, arrested in disproportionate numbers and facing execution at rates far greater than those for the general population.
 
This week, Eric H. Holder Jr.’s swearing-in as the nation’s first black attorney general and its top law enforcement official came weighted with heavy expectation that the system could change.
 
Known as a prosecutor who was unflinchingly tough on crime, Holder, 58, is also a former civil rights lawyer who has mentored young black men. Many advocates view him as the best chance in decades to right what they consider unchecked racial injustice and insensitivity by federal officials.
 
Civil rights advocates are already outlining a long list of priorities, including changing laws that lead to disproportionate prison terms for blacks, ending racial profiling and stepping up the policing of discrimination in employment and housing.
 
The most important thing is that we have a person who gets it,” said Benjamin Jealous, president of the NAACP. “He understands that the purpose of incarceration is not just punishment and protection but it is also redemption. He understands that people shouldn’t be targeted because of what they look like but because of what they do. He understands that enforcing civil rights serves the interest of law enforcement. It’s not about what he looks like, it’s about what he believes.”
 
Holder will oversee civil rights enforcement, crime prevention and racial justice — issues with a broad impact and audience — among many competing priorities in an agency that also plays a central role in fighting terrorism and policing corporate abuse. Fixing decades of perceived injustices is a difficult task at any time but will be especially challenging for Holder now, when government budgets have tightened and scarce money is allocated to national security and defense efforts.
 
In public statements since his nomination, Holder has emphasized civil rights enforcement, but he has not indicated a desire to plunge headlong into broad changes to the criminal laws. Civil rights enforcement represents a fraction of the Justice Department’s wide-ranging responsibilities.
 
As he settles in during his first days in office, Holder said his personal story will inevitably shape his view of the job. His father served in World War II and was forced to stand in a segregated railroad car, Holder said. His grandmother was not allowed to sit at the counter at Woolworth in New Jersey. His sister-in-law was on the front lines of integrating the University of Alabama.
 
“As someone who witnessed the civil rights movement and whose family members literally suffered through the evils of segregation, I hope I can bring a unique perspective to the department,” he said. “This department has played a historic role in civil rights over the years, and I owe it to those who came before me and to the American people I serve to oversee a vigorous enforcement program that deals with the realities we confront today.”
 
On issues of crime and punishment, Holder brings his background as a hard-nosed, law-and-order prosecutor. As a U.S. attorney in the District, he lobbied for tougher minimum sentences for drug offenders but later changed course on nonviolent criminals, according to Families Against Mandatory Minimums, a D.C.-based group that calls for changing the sentencing system.
 
In his time away from the office, friends say, Holder worried about young black men caught up in the criminal justice system.
 
In the 1980s, he and his fellow public corruption prosecutor Reid H. Weingarten began to volunteer at the Oak Hill juvenile detention center. And as the crack epidemic ravaged the District in the mid-1980s, Holder became an early member of the local chapter of Concerned Black Men, a mentoring group founded to provide positive black male role models. From the judge’s bench, he sent scores of young black men to prison, but in his chambers, he hosted children involved in the mentoring program.
 
At one of the group’s fundraisers, Holder met his wife, prominent Washington obstetrician Sharon Malone. He still makes financial contributions to the organization, said Executive Director George L. Garrow Jr. “We like to believe that we’ve helped him keep in touch with the community,” Garrow said.
 
Holder’s presence at the top of the Justice Department, along with his history, sends a powerful signal, said Larry Thompson, who succeeded Holder as the second black deputy attorney general.
 
“You bring your full self to the job, your experiences, your background,” he said.
 
President Obama and Holder have vowed to restore public faith in the department, which was plagued by political hiring scandals during the years that George W. Bush was president. Last month, Inspector General Glenn A. Fine exposed hiring abuses and racial insults at the civil rights division, underscoring persistent complaints from Democrats that it had lost its way as the nation’s premier protector of the rights of African Americans.
 
The black community’s relationship with the department has long been complicated. The distrust of law enforcement organizations was increased by the FBI, which for years harassed and spied on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
At the same time, activists have taken pride in the glory days of the civil rights division, which was established in 1957. Over the next decade, the department helped protect Freedom Riders and students seeking to break color barriers at state universities.
 
For criminal justice activists, a pressing concern has been sentencing disparities for convicts caught with crack cocaine versus powder cocaine. Possession of crack carries longer criminal penalties, and 80 percent of people prosecuted for crack offenses have been African American, according to the Sentencing Project. Obama has said repeatedly that he wants to end the sentencing disparity.
 
But when Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) asked Holder at his confirmation hearing to work with Congress to promote more fairness in sentencing laws, he responded with the cool of a longtime judge and prosecutor: “We have to be tough. We have to be smart. And we have to be fair. Our criminal justice system has to be fair. It has to be viewed as being fair.”
 
The sentence disparities have combined with social and economic factors to lead to the increasing number of African Americans in prison, a figure that has grown from 100,000 in 1954 — the year of the Supreme Court’s seminal school desegregation case — to 900,000 today, according to the Sentencing Project, a research and advocacy group.
 
“When we look at the prison system, it’s a much worse situation than we had seen before the rise of the modern-day civil rights movement,” said Mark Mauer, executive director of the group. “If current trends continue, one of every three black males today can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. It is one in every six for Hispanic men.”
Locally, four out of five D.C. prisoners are black men.
 
Holder seldom broaches the topic of race directly, but in a 1997 National Public Radio interview conducted soon after his appointment as the Justice Department’s second in command, he shared a quote by the late Samuel Proctor, a pastor in Harlem, that he carried in his wallet.
 
“It says that blackness is another issue entirely apart from class in America,” Holder said. “No matter how affluent, educated and mobile a black person becomes, his race defines him more particularly than anything else.”