Not only does it take time but it also has to hold up in court. The only way Obama could circumvent Congress would be to work on strengthening an existing law. If there is no current law no executive order can make a new law no matter how much he wishes (or any other president for that matter). In order to have long term solutions that is something you will have to pass through Congress. That is where the rubber meets the road as you will then run into the NRA. They aren't called the worlds largest lobbying group for nothing.
Originally Posted by Pacerlive
There are millions of guns and clips out there right now as we speak. And I would dare say 100's of thousands of "high" capacity clips. So it would take an extraordinarily long time for the supplies to run out on the black market. Now that doesn't mean the price won't go up but with so much in the supply the demand could be meet without driving the cost up astronomically.
I am no in favor of any clip reduction. Not that I have to have a 50 round drum. Just that I don't think it would make a damn bit of difference. Takes about 3 seconds to change a clip and continue shooting. Not to mention the acts of mass murder are exceedingly rare when talking about gun violence. In order to solve gun violence your going to have to go through a door to door search of every single house and destroy every single gun. Otherwise if someone wants to shoot another person or themselves they are going to have access to a gun in one form or another.
That is why I think looking at guns is the wrong path that we should take. Instead should work on fixing our mental health system. Teaching the youth of our nation the value of a human life. That real life isn't like Halo where you get to reset after you die. That your actions with a gun have a life long consequence for yourself and those you affect with your action. That would go a whole lot farther than trying to ban certain types of firearms.
French writer Alexis de Tocqueville warned about when visiting this fledgling democracy in the early 19th century – that this "American republic will endure until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money."