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Obama Task Force Plotting Extreme Assault on Gun Rights

By:  Alex Newman
01/08/2013
       
Obama Task Force Plotting Extreme Assault on Gun Rights

While the “Assault Weapons Ban” and federal registration scheme pushed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has already sparked a nationwide outcry against Washington’s latest attempt to further infringe on the right to keep and bear arms, the Obama administration has made clear that its own full-fledged assault on Americans’ gun rights aims to go even further. 

While the “Assault Weapons Ban” and federal registration scheme pushed by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has already sparked a nationwide outcry against Washington’s latest attempt to further infringe on the right to keep and bear arms, the Obama administration has made clear that its own full-fledged assault on Americans’ gun rights aims to go even further. According to news reports citing officials, a task force led by Vice President Joe Biden is developing a gun control “package” including broad executive and legislative actions that could gut what remains of the Second Amendment. Even some Democrats have called the proposals “extreme.”

Among the most brazen assaults being considered by the administration is a proposal that would criminalize all private sales of guns that did not keep the federal government in the loop. The scheme, which would purport to require a full federal background check for every gun sale in America, aims to track all firearms in the country through a federal database. It would also represent an attack on gun shows. According to news reports, the administration seems to believe that the unconstitutional scheme can be implemented by “executive order.”

Gun rights activists have already shot down similar schemes, saying a national registry would simply serve as a prelude to outright confiscation later — as has happened on countless occasions throughout history, often just before governments engaged in mass murder of dissidents and target groups. However, despite massive opposition and public vows of civil disobedience, Obama and some Democrat lawmakers are determined to build an expensive federal register of all guns in America, complete with fingerprints. How such measures would reduce crime or violence remains unclear, but critics of the proposal say that was never the point anyway.

Also on the agenda is ramping up the “mental health” component of the federal background check system, another scheme Obama apparently believes can be advanced using “executive action.” Analysts, however, are already sounding alarm bells about the massive potential for abuse. Some experts are warning that anyone who has ever visited a psychiatrist or been prescribed psychiatric medications — even common anti-depressants or ADD medication, for example — could potentially be barred from owning a firearm. And now that the federal government has unconstitutionally compiled detailed health and prescription records from all across the nation, it would be relatively simple to implement such a scheme.

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