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By Chris W. Cox
NRA-ILA
Executive Director

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or decades, your NRA has strongly opposed restrictions of our Second
Amendment-protected rights. Usually this has meant working to
defeat legislative proposals in Congress and in the state legislatures. But these are not the only battlegrounds. In addition to using the
judicial system to win back our freedoms, we also need to guard against
abuses by the executive branches, both at the federal and state levels.
Even a free society must be governed by laws. That's why the character of
those who administer the law matters.
A few years ago, most people never thought about the term "executive
action." Now anyone who reads or listens to the news knows the term. The
debate over executive authority rages, and gun owners should be concerned
about how far chief executives are willing to press on alone to advance their
agendas. Topping that list is President Obama, as well as his key appointees.
Let's review just a few things the Obama administration has done without
Congress' cooperation:
❱ Renewed the use of public health agencies to conduct agenda-driven
"research" on "gun violence"
❱ Initiated federal support for "smart gun" development
❱ Presided over Operation Choke Point, which has targeted entire business
categories, including gun sellers, as undesirable
❱ Ordered gun dealers in border states to submit multiple sales reports on
various long guns, although only handguns are covered by statute
❱ And of course, presided over the deadly Fast and Furious debacle
And this is just a small sampling. Just as he is doing in other areas, Obama
is using his bureaucracy to take unprecedented steps to restrict our freedoms
that are protected by the Second Amendment. His justification for all of it is his
repeated claim that if Congress won't pass the laws he wants, he will act on his
own. But this is not how our government is supposed to work, and this power
grab is a great threat to our constitutional system.
Elections matter-especially at the federal level-because our freedoms can
be threatened by appointees and others who never face the voters and all too
often work in anonymity. Sure, we all know who Attorney General Eric Holder is,
but how many of us knew any of the names of the Department of Justice (DOJ)
and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials who put Fast
and Furious into motion? I wager that even now as biased anti-gun "research" is

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