There’s a fascinating piece of information buried in a blog written by Jason Horowitz for WashingtonPost.com, April 11, 2011, which telegraphs how Obama plans to effectuate gun control.
The blog is about Steve Croley, Obama’s gun policy advisor and point man on gun regulation policy.
Here’s the tidbit in Horowitz’s article:
On March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady, who sustained a debilitating head wound in the attack, and his wife, Sarah, came to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on the controversial “large magazines.” Brady, for whom the law requiring background checks on handgun purchasers is named, then met with White House press secretary Jay Carney. During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said. “I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”
In the meeting, she said, Obama discussed how records get into the system and what can be done about firearms retailers. Her husband specifically brought up the proposed ban on large magazine clips…. “He just laughed,” Sarah Brady said approvingly of the president. Both she and her husband, she emphasized, had absolute confidence that the president was committed to regulation.
From this one should conclude that Obama is planning to do gun control by stealth — via some administrative rule or regulation by the executive branch — so as to bypass Congress, the legislative branch of government.
It is no accident that Steve Croley is Obama’s gun policy advisor. Croley has a background in administrative law and wrote a book on it in 2008, “Regulation and Public Interests: The Possibility of Good Regulatory Government.” Since last August, Croley has been Obama’s assistant for justice and regulatory policy. He favors closing a loophole in the law that allows unlicensed gun dealers to sell arms without background checks, especially at gun shows. In fact, Croley argues in his book that regulation is “the least-worst solution to pressing social problems.”
Sure enough, 18 days after that WaPo blog, on May 29, 2011, the UK’s Daily Mail confirmed our worst fears:
“The Obama administration is exploring tighter regulation on gun policy that can be secured through an executive order, bypassing congressional approval, officials have confirmed…. The Department of Justice held a meeting on Tuesday – the first in what is expected to be a series – to explore how the administration might be able to rule by decree.”