President Obama announced two new measures in his fight to cut down the number of guns in America, that will allow him to confiscate certain weapons. The first measure curbs the import of military weapons and the second will require businesses that owns guns to have their board of trustees’ backgrounds checked.
The first policy would ban the reimport of military surplus we send overseas. Since 2005, 250,000 of these weapons have been brought back into the country. Under the new measure only museums and the government will be permitted to do so.
The second policy would force background checks for beneficiaries of wills and trustees of corporations to undergo background checks before allowing them to keep the guns.
VP Joe Biden and Secretary Holder of the DOJ were on hand for the announcement, while at the same time, seeing to the swearing in of the new head of the ATF, Todd Jones. Jones has been acting director of the ATF, since the former head resigned over the Fast and Furious scandal.
Jones’ nomination came under fire for a tape he distributed among the ATF staff, that many took as a threat against whistleblowers. Jones denied this in his confirmation hearings. Jones was also the US AG in Minnesota, where he was charged with intimidation of a whistleblower.
“It has never been my practice to engage in retaliatory employment. I have not taken any adverse actions against anyone I have worked with.”
Coincidentally, right after Jones took over as acting director, John Dodson was outed as the whistleblower behing Fast and Furious. Along with the document was a talking points memo, meant to discredit Dodson. Eric Holder investigated the violation of the national privacy act, but failed to find the culprit, but it had to be someone high in the chain of command to even have access to the information.
NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam, spoke on the new regulations, saying, “The Obama administration has once again completely missed the mark when it comes to stopping violent crime. “This administration should get serious about prosecuting violent criminals who misuse guns and stop focusing its efforts on law-abiding gun owners.”
Indeed, the Obama administration and the DOJ have presided over the decline in federal gun cases by 40% over the previous administration of George W Bush. President Obama and Secretary Holder have instead focused on legal gun holders.