It's becoming more and more obvious that efforts at meaningful steps toward effective gun control legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hill massacre are going to be painfully slow, and that any progress at all will be contentious, at best. Many progressives are urging the White House to use the power of the executive order as a means of circumventing the NRA and its controlling grip on members of Congress.
Rush Limbaugh has taken a position on the possibility of Obama using an executive order to mandate sweeping gun control restrictions that I find compelling, and it pains me to admit that the asshole has a good point.
On his show yesterday, Limbaugh pointed a question directly at the cable news network CNN when he said this:
Limbaugh continued on to say that if Cheney had gotten up, the way VP Joe Biden has, and advocated for the use of executive orders as a means to mitigating a problem, CNN would be “having cows,” shouting, “You can’t do that! You can’t do that! You can’t do that! Abortion’s protected by the Constitution!”
I'm sure there are basic standards that apply when presidents are considering the use of executive orders. It probably involves some sort of "emergency" situation that calls for rapid action on the part of the president, such as a natural disaster or a threat to national security.
But if you consider the scenario Limbaugh proposes, it's easy to see his point. We would have been apoplectic if Bush and Cheney had used executive orders to command an immediate end to abortion in this country while their reign of error was in office. Gun rights advocates feel just as strongly about the protections of the Second Amendment as abortion advocates feel about reproductive rights, if not more so. And they're armed...
I believe any solution to our gun madness in this country is going to have to be worked out through a thoughtful, yet painfully slow legislative process, and not circumvented by executive order from the president, no matter how much or how quickly we want this insanity resolved.