It will be a happy New Year for big government and fans of executive power grabs.
President Barack Obama’s bid to assert himself in his final year will begin with long-awaited executive actions on gun control which are expected to be released next week, shortly after he returns to Washington.
The White House is putting finishing touches on several measures in an effort to make progress on curbing gun violence, an issue the president and close aides have found frustratingly intractable, before the race to replace him enters prime time.
According to gun industry insiders and others familiar with the proposals, the changes include requiring an expanded number of small-scale gun sellers to be licensed—and therefore conduct background checks—whenever selling a weapon. This wouldn’t close the so-called gun show loophole, though it has the potential to narrow it. The administration is also expected to impose tighter rules for reporting guns that get lost or stolen on their way to a buyer.
Once again, Obama is living in a fantasy world where bad guys follow laws and gun control can actually stop gun violence.
This New Years power grab is clearly a politically motivated attempt to squeeze gun control in while everyone is checked out for the holidays and right before Obama’s State of The Union address in January.
Like the upcoming Supreme Court cases in 2016, this move will certainly shape the national conversation in the critical months leading up to the presidential election, as well as further differentiate the Republican platform from that of the Democrats.
Voters will have a clear choice of which way they want to move the direction of the country in 2016. Get ready for an exciting year.