Millennics EP1 – Executive Order on Gun Control

In the inaugural episode of Millennics – a one of kind podcast discussing Politics, Policy, and Law from the viewpoint of Millennials – your Host, Jonathan J. Cianfaglione, walks you through the President’s executive order on gun control.  Specifically, we’ll be pointing out the main elements of the executive order on gun control, while leaving the in-depth discussion on what it all means for a different episode.

Additionally, we’ll also mention what’s going on in Oregon, where armed ranchers seized control of a federal building to make a stand, and “defend the constitution.”  It is important to note, that this is branch of what happened back in 2014, where armed ranchers had a standoff with federal agents over grazing rights in the Southwest.  Millennics discusses what is going on, and what other ranchers think of this move by their fellow ranchers.

Don’t forget to weigh in on the discussion by reaching out to the host on twitter, at @jjcianfaglione.  There, you can also send us topics to discuss.

Millennics is presented by LogicalPost.net, and Hosted by Jonathan J. Cianfaglione (@jjcianfaglione).  Support comes from VIG & Associates.

Below is a transcript of the entire episode:

Millenics Podcast, 1/5, EP1, Executive Order on Gun Control

Welcome Everybody, and thanks for tuning in to the inaugural episode of Millenncis – A podcast discussing politics, policy, and law from the view point of Millennials.  I’m your host, Jonathan Cianfaglione, and you can find me on Twitter @jjcianfaglione.  Remember to subscribe and download to these podcasts to stay up to date, and don’t forget to hit me up on twitter to weigh in, and give us topics to discuss.

Topics of discussion for Today:

–A throw down in Oregon between protestors and the federal government occurred over the weekend, 

—President Obama’s Executive Order on Gun Control – We are going to attempt to unpack this, and see what it all means, while leaving it open for a future conversation with the audience.

End with what we call primers to signify that this is what we will be talking about next session:

NBA Sun’s owner, Rob Sarver, blames the Sun’s woes on Millennials for not having a winning mentality.  We are going to flesh this out and attempt to find two things, here:

—(1) Whether the idea of grit is lacking within the Millennial generation, and

—(2) What’s really to blame over at the Sun’s outfit, if the Millennial generation isn’t to blame

Jumping in to the discussion, let’s start with what is going on in Oregon:

—honestly, this isn’t all too interesting.  Here’s what happened: on Saturday, after protesting and petitioning the state—presumably for days, armed ranchers seized a federal government facility at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

—Their basic complaint is that the government continues to gobble up land.  This is obviously a problem for ranchers, b/c they need for a variety of things, whether it be for their animals, or for hunting.

—Frustrated, the ranchers took over the federal facility attempting to make a stand, while citing that they were defending the constitution.  

–Truth be told, there really is no constitutional backing here for the ranchers.  The land was, and is, public use land, which means it is owned by the government.  Thus, the government can do whatever they like to do with that land.  And, land the ranchers don’t own, they don’t have a right too.  Thus, there is no constitutional backing to support what these ranchers are doing.

—I think a few things to note are: (1) the rancher who led this skirmish is the son of the rancher who led an armed standoff with federal agents in 2014 over grazing fees.  This instance is likely the same ice cream with a slightly different flavor, in that these ranchers want to use the land as they please without government restriction.  But, again, this is land owned by the government, so they have no right to it.  And, finally, if these ranchers did want to make a stand, and eventually change, they proper avenue would be to challenge the current laws, and the BLM in court.  

—When the 2014 incident happened, I had the opportunity to chat with some beef farmers in Utah.  They seemed to have the same sentiment that I did: the proper venue for this isn’t an armed rebellion, but a court challenge, and; they also said these ranchers should just get in line like the rest of us.  After all, why should they get some exclusion, when everyone else has to follow the rule.  Good point.

 Thus, when this is all said and done, these ranchers are likely going to find themselves either paying fines, or serving time in a federal prison.  

Moving on the big topic of the day: President Obama’s Executive Order

—So, as we know, the President has been hinting that he wants gun reform, to some extent.  All of his proposals, much to his dismay, have been hit by the wall that is congress.  Thus, the President has been seeking a way to take executive action to accomplish his goals.  That’s why today, he announced an executive order on gun control.

-For right now, I’m just going to outline the main points of the executive order, and leave the in depth conversation for the next podcast.  This will allow for you guys, the audience, to drop some thoughts via twitter, on what you think.  Additionally, Millennics will be having its first guest—Cory Miller—and this is a good topic to have a dialogue about.

Ok, so what does the Executive Order on Gun Control do?

It has 4 elements:

(1)  Expand background checks.  In its current form, this is unclear if there will be a national background check, or if this is just an overhaul to the existing background check.  If it is the latter, only states which require background checks, and registration would be affected.

(2)  Authorizes the hiring of 230 FBI agents, and 200 ATF agents.  The increase in FBI agents is to help process the expected influx from the new background check program, while the increase in ATF agents is to help increase the policing effort of online gun selling, trafficking, and create some new processes for dealers who operate in this forum.

(3)  Increase the reporting and treatment of people suffering from mental health issues.  This is relatively important, because this is pretty expansive, in addition to being quite vague.  This rule alone, has been of concern for many folks.

(4)  Create a fund for R&D of gun safety technology.  To that end, the President is tapping the DOJ, DOD, and DHS to conduct/sponsor this R&D project to enhance gun safety technology.  Notably, In the President’s speech, he paralleled the need for this to the ability for him to track such things like a lost iPhone or iPad.  Thus, it is safe to assume, that they will be trying to do something like this, and perhaps fingerprint scanning to fire the weapon.  Things of the future my friends.

Ok, again, I just wanted to outline the main points of the executive order, and make a final caveat: some of these things will require Congress to take action on.  We’ll discuss that later.

Let’s end with the primer to get ready for the next podcast on Tuesday.

—We’ll unpack this whole gun thing, using Millennics first guest, and any comments from you guys.

—And, NBA Sun’s owner, Rob Sarver, blames the Sun’s woes on Millennials for not having a winning mentality.  We are going to flesh this out and attempt to find two things, here:

—(1) Whether the idea of grit is lacking within the Millennial generation, and

—(2) What’s really to blame over at the Sun’s outfit, if the Millennial generation isn’t to blame