Living out the Rahm Emanuel adage to never let a crisis go to waste, Attorney General Loretta Lynch told reporters today that the likely terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California represents a “wonderful moment to make significant change.”
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Posted by National Review on Thursday, December 3, 2015
After offering the obligatory condolences to the victims and support to the law enforcement officials conducting the investigation, Lynch said, “We’re at a point where these issues have come together really like never before in law enforcement thought and in our nation’s history.
“It gives us a wonderful opportunity — a wonderful moment to really make significant change.”
So what “change” could the Obama administration be cooking up?
The Los Angeles Times reports:
White House officials are seeking a way to use executive authority to close the so-called gun show loophole that allows thousands of people to buy guns each year without a background check, but complicated legal issues have slowed the process.
But according to the paper, “Requiring background checks for weapons sold at gun shows might not have had any effect on Wednesday’s shooting in San Bernardino, in which 14 people were killed. So far, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has determined that two of the weapons used in the assault were legally purchased at a gun shop in Corona.”
“That work includes looking at the gun show loophole,” a White House source told the paper. “But taking administrative action in this space is enormously complicated, with complex and intertwined policy, legal and operational considerations to take into account.”
“That process,” the official said, “is very much underway,” according to the Times.