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Farah Goes ‘Beyond the Tea Party’

Joseph Farah, founder of the Worldnutdaily, has a column about the need to go beyond the Tea Party and to take collective action against what he views as President Obama’s tyrannical rule. To no one’s surprise, he seems to be arguing more with the Obama in his head than the real Obama:

It may be too late for marches and rallies.

I strongly believe Barack Obama is serious when he talks about deliberately exceeding his executive authority, bypassing Congress and abrogating the Constitution to disarm and neuter all effective opposition by outlawing or confiscating firearms.

I take him at his word.

I think he’s serious.

He might very well be serious, but none of the executive actions he has proposed comes anywhere remotely close to disarming anyone of confiscating guns. Here’s the executive actions he’s taking:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

Not a word about confiscating guns. None. Zero. But that’s okay, because Farah knows that his readers are allergic to reality. That’s why he gives them fantasy instead.

Comments

  1. unbound says

    “…Farah knows that his readers are allergic to reality…”

    They are also allergic to source checking too.

  2. jnorris says

    he seems to be arguing more with the Obama in his head than the real Obama

    Ed, that’s what the voices in his head tell him to do.

  3. matty1 says

    I’m sure I’ve seen a wingnut conspiracy theory around 16. Something about how Obamacare would forcibly remove the children of gun owning Christians.

  4. eric says

    …to disarm and neuter all effective opposition by outlawing or confiscating firearms.

    Yeah, we all know guns are absolutely essential for any effective opposition. Money, advertising, political influence on congresscritters, state government action, court rulings – none of that works unless you have a gun in your pocket.

    Well, at least its clear why Mitt lost. He he couldn’t possibly win any of the debates as long as he appeared on the stage without an M-16.

  5. John Hinkle says

    Farah is running on the notion that “inside Farah’s head” fulfills any citation request.

  6. says

    Yeah, we all know guns are absolutely essential for any effective opposition. Money, advertising, political influence on congresscritters, state government action, court rulings – none of that works unless you have a gun in your pocket.

    Recently made a point that if we ended up in a situation that called for strong resistance against tyranny, I think the most effective strategy would be a mixture of large scale passive resistance, information warfare, and IEDs. There’d probably be some pitched battles with assault rifles, but they wouldn’t be decisive in the resistance’s favor like the gun nuts seem to think.

  7. Larry says

    Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes

    Sic semper tyrannis!

    You know who else reviewed gun lock safety standards? Hitler. And Stalin, I think. Maybe Pol Pot, too. I’m pretty sure he did.

  8. whirligig says

    Isn’t “17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.” the first thing Lord Emperor Zod did? Well I will not kneel before him!

  9. gshelley says

    Though it would be amusing if Obama did make a speech where he said “I plan to deliberately exceed my, executive authority, bypass Congress and abrogate the Constitution to disarm and neuter all effective opposition by outlawing or confiscating firearms”

  10. Michael Heath says

    Ed concludes:

    Not a word about confiscating guns. None. Zero. But that’s okay, because Farah knows that his readers are allergic to reality. That’s why he gives them fantasy instead.

    I think you give Mr. Farah too much credit for perceiving reality, i.e., his readers are allergic to reality, and is instead purposefully giving them fantasy. I think the more viable explanation is that Farah suffers the same delusions as his readers. Where what he imagines is considered God talking to him. And where his imaginings are the product of someone who can’t think critically, has little integrity, and is a bigot.

  11. baal says

    “to disarm and neuter ”
    Because they are attached to their guns by their balls? Is this why we call them ‘gun-nuts’?

  12. scienceavenger says

    As with so many issues, there are plenty of rational criticisms that could be made of Obama’s list, but the loonies like Farah are clogging the airwaves with nonsense and crowding out the space we have for rational discourse on a better weapons policy, which we desperately need.

    Most everything through #13 is pretty solid, but #14 and #16 run completely off the rails. Gun violence is not a disease, any more than any other crime is. It does not effect groups randomly, or according to concentration (as diseases do), but is focused very acutely among young males, which is why #16 is so stupid. If we are going to put doctors in charge of monitoring the risk of violence in homes, it would make more sense to ask if one lives with a male under 30 (and a host of other items) than to ask about guns in the home. Asking a retiree if he has guns in the home is a waste of time.

    Sadly, the biggest victims, by far, of gun violence are suicidal middle-aged men and the wives they murder, and that doesn’t really start showing up in the list until item #20. A better quality of mental care, and just a better life in general (here I go being all liberal), will probably do more to stem gun violence than the entire list. Funny how all the European countries with better health care systems, no drug war (as we understand it), and no for-profit-prison system have less of a problem with violence than we do. Perhaps that, in the end, is really why so many conservatives go bonkers over the issue.

  13. typecaster says

    I’m not sure why, but whenever I hear about Farrah, I get this image of J. Jonah Jameson ranting about Spiderman. It must be the wicked ‘stash.

  14. Christoph Burschka says

    “to disarm and neuter ”
    Because they are attached to their guns by their balls? Is this why we call them ‘gun-nuts’?

    Coffee meet keyboard

  15. Skip White says

    “Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.”

    Nice that the law that somewhat guarantees the privacy of people’s health information is an “unnecessary legal barrier.”

  16. slc1 says

    Re Michael Heath @ #15

    I would have to take issue with MH here. IMHO, Farah, like many of the commentators on the fascist news channel, doesn’t believe most the the crap that comes out of their word processor. They know how to milk the sheeple, however, and that’s what it’s all about.

  17. says

    typecaster, if JJJ actually existed Farah would hate him. Despite his antipathy for Spidey and other members of the superhero crowd he’s long been portrayed by Marvel as being a liberal. He would likely think of Farah as a clown.

  18. Sharon B says

    @ScienceAvenger:
    According to the Bureau of justice Statistics, the no.1 victims of gun violence (homicide) are gang members (primarily African Americans) between 14 – 24 in urban / city environments. These crimes involve the use of pistols as the far and away the firearms of choice.

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