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Obama’s EO is about politics not gun violence

CNN had a big staged town hall last night. The Executive Order has a number of provisions that try to make selling harder and expands background checks. San Diego politicians posted their reactions.

The thing is, none of these measures will likely have an impact. Of course, there is no objective and success criteria to evaluate the executive order either. But it’s feeding the public need to “just do something.” You don’t have to have a plan or a real solution “just do something” so we can check the block and move to another topic. Meanwhile, public safety and self-defense gets limited. It’s a sad state of affairs.

But this is only part of the problem. This Executive Order was pushed not with gun violence in mind but November 2016. Congressman Peters mentioned that the Executive Order addresses what conservatives have been saying – enforce the law on the books and keep it out of the hands of the mentally ill. And there you have it. The executive order is about the election. With 67% backing the executive order was built to score points. It’s to put GOP candidates on the defensive to oppose measures gun owners have been saying after each tragic shooting. Even though this EO with its expanded checks and limitations don’t address how recent shooters acquired weapons. Once again the President has politicized gun violence.

Elliot Schroeder is a past Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus of San Diego.

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