President Barack Obama and his accomplices in the federal government attempted to issue an ostensible “gag order” that would ban everyday Americans from talking about guns.
Obama’s administration reportedly wanted to retool the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to make it so that Americans must first obtain federal permission before they can share any sort of “technical data” about a firearm — think “blueprints, drawings, photographs, plans, instructions or documentation” — on the Internet.
The lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association accurately described this proposal as “a massive new prior restraint on free speech.”
“This is because all such releases (of technical data) would require the ‘authorization’ of the government before they occurred,” the NRA explained on its website. “The cumbersome and time-consuming process of obtaining such authorizations, moreover, would make online communication about certain technical aspects of firearms and ammunition essentially impossible.”
But that’s the point. Obama has failed at imposing direct gun control on Americans, so now he aspires to infringe on our right to merely talk about guns.