published at nydailynews.com, Elliot Fineman, head of the National Gun Victims Action Council (NGVAC) does make a legitimate point when he opines that Barack Obama’s executive actions on gun control are completely meaningless.
One need only go the whitehouse.gov website and actually read the President's proposals to realize that nothing will be accomplished by these executive actions. The politicians on both sides of this issue are making much ado about nothing. There is nothing in the proposals which will actually please the gun-control supporters and nothing in the Presidents proposals will take guns away from law abiding citizens.
The whole issue is simply the establishment politicians throwing red-meat to their particular supporters.
There is, however, one aspect of Elliot Fineman's opinion piece that is more than a bit scary. According to Elliot, President Obama could do more to "halt the gun violence epidemic and to protect the American people" if the President would really bypass Congress and overstep his authority by using the powers granted to him under the National Emergencies Act.
It is Elliot's wish that we sign an online petition calling on Obama to "declare a national state of emergency over guns". It's Elliot's hope that the President will assume dictatorial powers which will enable him to confiscate guns from the American people.
Elliot is right about one thing - Obama's executive actions will do nothing to fix the nation's gun problem. But he is absolutely wrong about giving the U.S. President the power to tear up the U.S. Constitution.