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Today’s 23 imperial decrees


I saw the much-feared list of Dear Leader’s imperial decrees about gun control today. We thought there would be 15, or 19. There are 23, but that’s because he’s long-winded. Most of them seem relatively innocuous, and that’s by design of course. I have no particular issue with most of them, except:

  • #14 –  Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence. I’m not sure how the CDC will be able to report effectively on causes of gun violence without goring a lot of Democrat oxen. The perpetrators and victims of gun violence are predominantly (a.) on welfare, (b.) black people, (c.) from broken homes, (d.) living in “gun free zones” with strict gun controls in large cities like Chicago and Los Angeles and New York. If the CDC ever actually does effective research, you can be certain that the results will never be released, or will never be released in a usable, understandable form. Sort of like most of the publically-available FBI crime statistics. Some of the most interesting and useful facts are purposefully hidden from the public because the FBI slices the data in a way to make sure it’s difficult to make comparisons and draw conclusions.
  • #16 – Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes. So what? State law prohibits that, in a number of states. These laws were passed because doctors were developing a nasty habit of asking patients whether they had guns in their homes, and if the patients answered “yes” or refused to answer, then the doctors refused to treat them. Ergo, even if doctors ask such as stupid question, the obvious answer is to lie and say “no.” It’s not the doctor’s business, and they have no right to know. Will that doctor wind up treating the patient for a gunshot wound? Very unlikely. Some doctors think that they have an obligation to know, because they are supposed to provide counseling, to help the patient avoid hurting themselves or others. That’s a fine idea, but it doesn’t apply to me or my family. And since I am paying the doctor for a service, I have the right to set the terms and boundaries of that service. If I say something’s off limits, then the doctor has no right to insist it’s not. And if they do insist, then I will simply lie. Then my conscience is clear, and so is theirs. Everybody wins. It’s best just to keep the busybodies ignorant. (Thankfully I have never had a doctor behave in such an arrogant fashion, and if she did, I would probably dismiss her myself.)

Most of the rest of the decrees are aimed at trying to remove some of the inherent bureaucratic inefficiencies of government. This will never happen. The next decree could be that the sky shall be orange instead of blue, but the decree will have no ability to make it so.

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