This is probably the one promise we can expect Obama to fulfill. It doesn’t mean he’ll get exactly what he wants. Obama says that the gun lobby is powerful and well-funded. He’s right. And that’s why I think it will be very difficult for him to make headway. But he’ll get close.
In his first address of the year, Obama voiced dismay that Congress hasn’t “done anything” to try to prevent gun violence. For this reason, he vowed to handle it himself:
He acknowledged that gun control laws won’t be able to stop every crime. He also acknowledged that gun control laws may not have stopped mass shootings and other acts of violence. But he says that even if these gun control laws could save just one life or prevent just one act of murder, that should be reason enough to “do something.”
The problem from his perspective is that allowing and encouraging good people to carry has already been shown to prevent murders and even mass shootings. We know that that is effective. We also know that expanding gun control laws and increasing the number of gun-free zones have the opposite effect as their stated goals.
He blames opposition to gun control on gun rights’ advocates’ pushing an agenda. That might be true, but he’s doing the same thing. He’s pushing an anti-gun agenda, and he’s shrouded his agenda in superficial calls to keep children safe.
Since Congress refuses to act, he says he’s going to have to take action on his own.
Does he have the Constitutional authority to do this? Of course not. But that’s never stopped him or presidents in the past before. The Constitution is an outdated document these days.
What you do is get your attorneys together, tell them what it is you want to do, and then have them twist and squeeze a legal justification out of the Constitution.
Obama will do the same. He’ll meet with his advisers and find a way to act unilaterally on gun control. They’ll gather what they need from court decisions and historical precedent to show that the President has the absolute authority to act on his own without Congressional oversight. That’s how he’s been able to do most of what he’s done during his time in office.