For years I've been at a loss to explain why a despot who has by imperial edict illegally imposed so much of his agenda, from cap & trade to water nationalization to ObamaCare "tweaks" to Obamnesty, has not done the same with his gun control and eventual confiscation wet dream.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over.
Or, to borrow an Allahpundit catch phrase, "Here we go":
The next shoe to drop on gun control may come by mid-January, when Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order requiring everyone "in the business" of selling firearms to perform background checks.
In direct and blatant violation of Article I, Section 1 of the United States Constitution.
Wait a second, you might be saying. Doesn't federal law already oblige gun retailers to do computerized criminal checks via the Federal Bureau of Investigation's data base?
In direct and blatant violation of Amendment II to the United States Constitution.
Yes and no.
Yes, when it comes to federally licensed dealers. But no, when you're talking about people who lack federal licenses and sell guns from their personal collections.
The problem is that an awful lot of firearms are sold in the latter fashion by individuals who aren't technically gun retailers but who sell weapons at weekend gun shows or from their homes.
Which they have every right to do under Amendment II without government interference. Hence, it is not a "problem," nor is it a source of "gun violence" - murderous criminals and. more to the point, Islamic jihadists are. But we're going to be waiting an eternity for The One's Muslim-control E.O.
Forthcoming research by the Harvard School of Public Health estimates that 40% of all gun transfers occur without background checks (that's the so-called gun show loophole)....
Following another a year of shooting massacres of Americans....
By a horde of Muslims and one white supremacist.
....Obama has let it be known from his holiday retreat in Hawaii, through unidentified advisers, that soon after New Years Day he plans to follow through on plans to expand the definition of who's "in the business" of selling firearms — and who's thus required to perform background checks. Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, among others, has strongly backed this idea, and now Obama appears ready to make its implementation one of the first major acts of his final year in office.
One of the first ILLEGAL acts of his NEXT year in office, because he does not possess the constitutional legal authority to do so. But that's never stopped him before, nor will it stop him now.
In fact, let me tell you how the next year will go on this front, because the pattern is already depressingly established:
1) Obama issues the first of several imperial edicts on gun control, culminating in Australia-style total mandatory confiscation (which Hillary Clinton has already publicly endorsed).
2) The vast majority of American gun owners will comply, out of either programmed docility, indoctrinated ignorance, public media demonization, or government threats. The tiny fraction that resist anyway will eventually, and probably sooner rather than later, be broken, giving the lie to the old gun rights adage, "You'll only pry my guns out of my cold, dead fingers".
3) The National Rifle Association and other pro-Second Amendment groups will, instead of defying and nullifying this illegal, and therefore null & void, order, file suit, attempting to use one branch of the federal government to try and coerce the wrongfully preeminent branch of the federal government against which it is powerless in any case. And if the plaintiffs eventually win - several years from now - it won't matter because the decree will be an accepted fait accompli and Obama (or Hillary) will just ignore it, just like O has ignored Judge Andrew Hanen's injunction against Obamnesty.
4) Tea Partiers will demand that Congress reverse and defund Obama's illegal command. The House will pass legislation blocking it, which Senate Democrats will filibuster. If the filibuster can be broken or Mitch McConnell finally gets off his mug and wumps it, passing the bill, Obama will veto it and that will be that. After which Tea Partiers will vilify the "GOP establishment" for "selling out" to the White House and "betraying the base" again.
Have I missed anything? I don't think so.
And, in the mean time, the Second Amendment will be effectively repealed by presidential order, Congress will have atrophied even more, and conservatives will be even more pointlessly, futiley, and bitterly at war with their own party.
Exit question: How can we be so deep into summer reruns when it's the middle of the bleeping winter?