Bowling Green, Kentucky And Alternative Facts
Here we go again with alternative facts when it comes to Kellyanne Conway who is so in need of a hot-oil treatment. Last night she used a massacre in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to promote another dangerous policy coming from the Trump administration. The sticking point? The massacre never happened.
Using fake tragedies to score political points is an insult to our fundamental values as Americans, and it is an added insult to all the families who have experienced the tragedy of mass shootings. Instead of creating stories about fake shootings that never happened, this administration should be focused on the very real shootings that happen every day in our nation and the very real things we can do to prevent them.
How about Conway cover her veiny legs and use her wily ways with Trump (now that Mrs. Trump is off in New York City) to do something positive such as the following idea for an executive order.
By the authority vested in me…….it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose. Whereas 33,000 Americans are shot and killed with a gun each year, the United States must do more to prevent prohibited purchasers, being felons, fugitives, domestic abusers, terrorists and people who are a danger to themselves or others, from getting guns.
Sec. 2. Realignment, empowerment of ATF and other federal enforcement efforts to enforce the law and crack down on ‘bad apple’ gun dealers. (a) Failure to enforce existing gun laws and regulations is a major obstacle to reducing and preventing gun violence. Whereas just 5% of gun dealers are responsible for selling nearly 90% of all crime guns recovered by law enforcement, ATF only inspects any given dealer, on average, once every 5 years. If violations are found, ATF has been largely unable to reform or shut those dealers down. (b) The attorney general should direct ATF and U.S. attorneys to, in a timely fashion, identify, investigate, and hold accountable ‘bad apple’ gun dealers in violation of the law. The Justice Department will ensure that ATF has adequate resources to enforce existing laws regarding sales to prohibited purchasers, straw purchasing, gun trafficking, and black market commerce.
Sec. 3. Require all gun sales and transfers to go through a Federally Licensed Gun Dealer and be subject to a Brady background check. (a) The attorney general, in consultation with the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), shall immediately publish a directive requiring all gun sales and transfers to go through a federally licensed dealer and be subject to a Brady background check.
(b) Within 30 days the attorney general, in consultation with the Director of ATF, DNI, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), shall report to the President on procedure(s) to prohibit sales and transfers of firearms to known or suspected terrorists.
Sec. 4. Ensuring adequate access to resources for gun violence research. (a) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the attorney general, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Defense will direct their agencies and departments to collect, share, and analyze data on gun violence in the United States as a public health epidemic, in part to better inform its solutions. They are also to ensure the necessary funds made available and reasonably accessible for such research efforts.
DONALD J. TRUMP THE WHITE HOUSE, 2017