National security threats to the United States in decreasing order of priority:
1. Imminent strategic nuclear attack on US homeland
2. Terrorists attacking US classrooms to massacre children
3. Terrorists attacking US cities or businesses
4. National-scale public health or safety threat (epidemic, hurricane, nuclear meltdown, water/power crisis)
5. Mass urban rioting, insurrection, national breakdown of civil order
6. Attack on US citizens or interests abroad
7. Military attack on a US ally or treaty member
8. Cyber-attack on critical government or commercial systems
9. Financial crisis, imminent economic collapse
10. Espionage, treason, loss of critical secret information or alliances...
Sandy Hook was a domestic terrorist attack with a national security priority just below a nuclear attack on the homeland. Defending the lives of our children in our homeland is the absolute primal essence of national security. Even an animal instinctively understands that. Therefore, the recurring series of school massacres using assault weapons and high-capacity magazines constitutes a high-priority national security emergency. Therefore, the President is obligated as the Executive, to respond with emergency Executive action.
An Executive Order freezing all assault weapon and multiround-magazine sales, and prohibiting public carry, may provoke intense controversy, resistance, lawsuits, even civil disobedience and outright public defiance, but so much the better. We need a crisis at the level of the 1960s school-integration showdowns to finally turn the tide. America needs to see Federal marshals arresting defiant gun-dealers and owners and NRA members. We need to see an entire "militia" group disarmed and led away in shackles. If there's high drama and outcry and months of front-page news, what more could we ask to accelerate the pace of change and defend the children? The President needs to hit this with everything he's got--win or lose, the ensuing events will at least keep the issue in the spotlight. And, a few Executive Orders in place could be badly-needed "bargaining chips" in the upcoming second round of "fiscal cliff" politics.