News of social media platforms Facebook and Instagram change in policy to restrict potential peer-to-peer gun sales found quick reaction from those on both sides of the issue.
The ban applies to private, person-to-person sales of guns, but posts by licensed gun dealers are OK. Facebook already prohibits unauthorized dealers to purchase, sell, or trade prescription drugs, illegal drugs, or marijuana.
Enforcement will come from tips by users of suspicious activities to which the social network will remove posts they believe are in violation and potentially ban violators. In some instances where a life is endangered police would be notified, though in most states limited private gun sales between those legally able to possess one are not against the law.
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President Obama is facing the first court challenge over his executive action on guns.
On the same day the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to Obama’s action on immigration, the conservative advocacy group Freedom Watch announced it is filing a lawsuit against the controversial gun orders.
Freedom Watch accuses Obama of circumventing Congress to “invent” new gun laws.
“The president states that he is doing so purely because he does not like the legislative decisions of the Congress,” wrote Larry Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch, who is also a National Rifle Association member.
“These actions are unconstitutional abuses of the president’s and executive branch’s role in our nation’s constitutional architecture and exceed the powers of the president as set forth in the U.S. Constitution,” he continued.
This is believed to be the first in what is expected to become a series of legal challenges over Obama’s gun orders. But many legal experts predict the executive action will prevail.
The president announced the gun orders two weeks ago as part of a major push by his administration to crack down on gun violence across the country.
As part of the executive action, more gun dealers will be required to conduct background checks.
Freedom Watch argues the Obama administration is illegally redefining the nation’s gun laws.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. In addition to Obama, it also names as defendants Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Thomas Brandon, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
TO THE man I sat next to on my way in to Boston:
When I boarded the commuter rail, you were already in the midst of a spirited phone conversation and didn’t seem to care about how loud you were talking. You were talking with someone about the Paris train attack and the growing epidemic of gun violence in America.
You spoke about the “murderous NRA” and “bloodthirsty gun nuts” who were causing our schools to “run red with blood.” You spoke profanely of the Republicans who opposed President Obama’s call for “sensible gun control,” and you lamented the number of “inbred redneck politicians” who have “infiltrated Capitol Hill.”
I found myself amazed at the irony of the situation. While you were spewing your venom, I sat quietly next to you with my National Rifle Association membership card in my wallet and my 9mm pistol in its holster. You were only 12 inches away from my legally owned semiautomatic pistol. I suppose I didn’t look like the “bloodthirsty gun nut” you thought I should be. It apparently didn’t register to you that I could so cleverly disguise myself by wearing a fleece coat, Patriots hat, and khakis.
So, to the angry liberal who sat next to me on the commuter rail: I don’t hate you. I don’t have any ill feelings toward you. I don’t wish to do you harm. And I don’t regret sitting next to you. On the contrary; I feel bad for you. It must hurt carrying that much hate inside of you.
You obviously have strong opinions about this hot topic. So, let me say this as plainly as I can: If a bad guy with a gun had decided to walk onto that train and start shooting people, I would have been prepared and able to use my gun to defend my own life and the lives of everyone else on that train, including yours. Although you may hate me, a gun owner, I would risk my life for you.
Opinions and ideologies make a pretty thin shield against the bullets of a madman. Your liberal self-righteousness and ignorance may have made you feel superior and comfortable, but during that 40-minute train ride to Boston, my gun kept you safe.