Taking Guns By Executive Order

I wrote recently about one of the American attitudes and set of beliefs about private ownership of firearms. (“Guns” ; “America and Firearms…“).

I need an addendum in view of current developments.

First, I want to confess that I wouldn’t be all that opposed to banning high-capacity magazine guns and rifles that can be turned into the currently illegal assault weapons, if I thought that would be the end of it. Nevertheless, I would never agree to such ban in the current cultural context. That’s because I think American gun-banning organizations are mostly in bad faith.

Let me put it in more clear words: I suspect they lie all the time. They are not merely after my so-called “assault weapon” (already illegal). If I let them have anything, I think, they will be after my duck shotgun next. Then, they will want the handgun that never leaves my house. Then, they will demand that I turn over the b.b. gun (very small-bore compressed-air rifle) that I use to sting marauding raccoons in the ass. (I do this because they insist in defecating en masse under my grape arbor, near where I sit outdoors in the summer. If they learned to shit on the neighbor’s lawn for example, I would let them be.)

To summarize: Gun control advocating organizations are liberals-led organizations. Not all liberals are liars but liberals leaders almost all are liars. That’s in addition to having no respect for the US Constitution.

Today, 01/09/13, the White House is making noises about using executive orders to curb firearm ownership. Executive orders are not in general the American way of government. They are absolutely not supposed to be used to avoid legislation. They are especially not supposed to be used to circumvent the Constitution. The White House announcement constitutes the kind of creeping fascism that proves that I should protect my guns carefully. The announcement is enough to motivate me to figure ways to hide the firearms the Second Amendment to the Constitution says I have the right to own. President Obama’s declared intent is not only creeping fascism, it’s also creepy fascism. (Note: “Fascism” is not a word I use lightly, to stigmatize those I don’t like, for example. I have disquisitions on this blog about what fascism is.)

Moral equivalence: There was another incident on the touchy border in Cashmere between India and Pakistan (“The Land of the Pure”). Two Indian soldiers died. I have no idea about who is responsible for what. I don’t even have a position on the sixty-year Cashmere issue. However, I couldn’t help but notice that one of the dead Indian soldiers had been decapitated. (Reported by TV5 , the international French language channel.) The Indian Minister of Foreign Affairs discussing the matter with the Pakistani envoy to India has a Muslim name. Different societies. I am not impartial. (And yes, I am writing for you too, silly Hindu liberal expatriates.)


About Jacques Delacroix

I write short stories, current events comments, and sociopolitical essays, mostly in English, some in French. There are other people with the same first name and same last name on the Internet. I am the one who put up on Amazon in 2014: "I Used to Be French: an Immature Autobiography" and also: "Les pumas de grande-banlieue." To my knowledge, I am the only Jacques Delacroix with American and English scholarly publications. In a previous life, I was a teacher and a scholar in Organizational Theory and in the Sociology of Economic Development. (Go ahead, Google me!) I live in the People’s Green Socialist Republic of Santa Cruz, California.
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12 Responses to Taking Guns By Executive Order

  1. boybboy says:

    I found you via a bumper sticker on my way home in the 95060.

    The banners do not understand … this far, no furthern.

  2. Terry Amburgey says:

    “Today, 01/09/13, the White House is making noises about using executive orders to curb firearm ownership.”
    Could you be more specific about these ominous noises? How would firearm ownership be curbed? What exactly constitutes the creepy creeping fascism?

  3. Bruce says:

    It boils down to control in the hands of government instead of individuals. This time it’s guns and the Left will use the crisis to justify going around the Constitution and legislative process by saying there the American people demand swift action. It should come as no surprize to anyone who has observed this administration over the last four years. It’s right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook, you never want to let a crisis go to waste. His rule by executive order is often not even reported on by the main stream media. Its fascism, dressed in hip clothes.
    If anyone thinks it does get the attention it’s due, try and recall the EO’s listed below:
    •Executive Order 10990 allows the Government to take over all modes of transportation and control of highways and seaports.
    •Executive Order 10995 allows the government to seize and control the communication media.
    •Executive Order 10997 allows the government to take over all electrical power, gas, petroleum, fuels, and minerals.
    •Executive Order 11000 allows the government to mobilize civilians into work brigades under government supervision.
    •Executive Order 11001 allows the government to take over all health education and welfare functions.
    •Executive Order 11002 designates the Postmaster General to operate a national registration of all persons.
    •Executive Order 11003 allows the government to take over all airports and aircraft, including commercial aircraft.
    •Executive Order 11004 allows the Housing and Finance Authority to relocate and establish new locations for populations.
    •Executive Order 11005 allows the government to take over railroads, inland waterways, and public storage facilities.
    •Executive Order 11049 assigns emergency preparedness function to federal departments and agencies, consolidating 21 operative Executive Orders issues over a fifteen-year period.
    •Executive Order 11051 specifies the responsibility of the Office of Emergency Planning and gives authorization to put all Executive Orders into effect in times of increased international tensions and economic or financial crisis.
    •Executive Order 11310 grants authority to the Department of Justice to enforce the plans set out in Executive Orders, to institute Industrial support, to establish judicial and legislative liaison, to control all aliens, to operate penal and correctional institutions, and to advise and assist the President.
    •Executive Order 11921 allows the Federal Emergency Preparedness Agency to develop plans to establish control over the mechanisms of production and distribution of energy sources, wages, salaries, credit, and the flow of money in U.S. financial institutions in any undefined national emergency. It also provides that when the president declares a state of emergency, Congress cannot review the action for six months.

    And the beat goes on, the beat goes on. The sheep don’t hear it.

    • Bruce says:

      The really scary thing about the EO’s on this list is that they were issued by previous administrations. The point is we have been heading down this path for some time and we’re about at the tipping point. It’s also not much about the number of EO’s a president issues as it is what they mean. He’s about to issue a whopper.

    • Bruce: What you are saying is so important that we deserve a source to check for ourselves. Lease, guide our steps. Thank you.

  4. Bruce says:

    Source: National Archives, Executive Orders Disposition Tables Index
    This shows EO’s from Jan 8, 1937 through Dec 7, 2012. FDR to BHO.
    Here’s the link: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/executive-orders/disposition.html

  5. Bruce says:

    I think it could be as simple as that in their hearts they believe our republic is strong enough to weather the storms created internally. I think sometimes we’re distracted by hot button issues of the day and lose sight of the big power grabs. The media controls the discussion, even for the savvy among us get roped in. We spend more time talking about Obama’s Hawaii vacation than we do on the fact that he is destroying our nations domestic coal industry. The fact we spent thousands on his vacation has little or no impact on our lives, but energy costs rising as a direct result of his hatred of fossil fuels effects millions of people. So much of the damage being done in Washington flies below the radar. If it’s not widely reported, it did not really happen. Another reason could be fatigue due to the sheer volume of events. Every day seems to bring another outrageous act by someone in this administration. Operation Fast and Furious is so old now it’s like it happened under Bush. Benghazi? We’re just now getting around to hearing from Hillary about what happened after we already know and have forgotten. How does a conservative or libertarian make an impact when nobody objects to a tax cheat as Treasury Secretary running the IRS?Now another series of appointments, they will all get approved because we’re tired. We’re beat up. Another US Supreme Court Justice in the next four years? Same story. They will dust off the playbook and ram the nomination down our throats. Maybe you need a certain culture for conservatives and libertarians to florish. As our culture becomes more dependent on government and entitlements the ideals of freedom and individual responsibility are going to be even harder to advance. I think one of the most depressing things I have heard lately was a guy saying
    “It’s times like these that make me happy I’m old.” I have to fight the urge to agree with him sometimes.

  6. Bruce: Your analyses are so often excellent that I feel they are a bit wasted as comments on this little blog. I wish you would write occasional essays to be posted directly on this blog or, you may want to look at Notes On Liberty which is more of a collective effort. Doing either does not commit you to anything. Occasional means “occasional.”

  7. At the risk of being called a fascist, a Communist, or just an ignorant fool perhaps.. – allow me to post this link to an article I’ve just posted to my blog. You may consider it one long comment to what Jacques has written on the same subject.
    I will be going into hiding tomorrow.. – have a lot of guests :), so you may tell me a word or two without risking a reply.. 🙂
    Here’s the link:

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