Video: Anti-gun advocate calls for dictatorial ‘National State of Emergency’ over guns

finemanIn an op-ed posted Thursday at CNN, National Gun Victims Action Council Chief Executive Officer Elliot Fineman advocated for a “National State of Emergency” over guns, saying Barack Obama’s executive actions will not be enough to curb gun violence.

“The President needs executive actions that cannot be obstructed by Congress. That’s only possible under a declared National State of Emergency for the Gun Violence Epidemic,” he wrote.

“Some examples of executive actions that are necessary and would be blocked by Congress absent a declared National State of Emergency include universal REAL backgrounds checks, suspending the gun industry’s immunity from lawsuits, monitoring ammunition sales and banning those on the terror watch list from buying guns.”

In short, Fineman is calling for what amounts to a suspension of the Constitution and the institution of a dictatorial police state.

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He added:

It is clear why a National State of Emergency scares the gun lobby and pro-gun lawmakers — it would neutralize them. My organization is encouraging a petition. As we tune in to CNN’s town hall meeting with Obama, here are my questions. What are yours?

1) Gun violence is a raging epidemic claiming 30,000 lives per year at a cost of $229 billion per year. Why have you not declared a state of emergency to halt the Gun Violence Epidemic?

2) Since the government is the largest purchaser of firearms, why not force the gun manufacturers to make smart guns (guns that will only fire if the fingerprint of the owner matches the trigger) by requiring that the government only purchase smart guns?

That petition, which is posted at change.org, only has 1,873 supporters as of this writing.  Perhaps that’s because a majority of Americans do not support these types of dictatorial measures.

Fineman also pitched his plan on Alan Colmes’ radio program.  Video of that can be seen below:

He also suggested forming a commission to address gun violence, excluding “members of the gun lobbies…”


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