Why did you indicate that Thomas Sowell wrote the article when the article indicates that Dave Boyer wrote it? Or do I have the wires crossed somewhere?
Mr. Boyer needs to understand that the Supreme Court officially clarified in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer that executive orders, which are not mentioned in the Constitution, do not have the force of law unless supported by Congress.
And since Congress is divided on gun issues (and everything else), such executive orders are pure theater imo. In other words, Obama is probably trying to make himself look like a king making edicts in the eyes of low-information voters.
In that respect, it's working:
In principle, you are correct. In practice, you are 180 degrees out. What happens is that an Executive Order is is immediately seized upon by the bureaucracy to create "Plans," "Programs," "Processes" ... which become codified in operating regulations. In a week, the concerned agency will be carrying them out. BATF, HSA, INS, etc.
Then, in order to halt the above, suit must be brought. It will be fought by the DOJ on behalf of the "defendants," the US Government.
Yes, Executive Orders do not have the force of law. It's much worse than that. They have inexorable bureaucratic power behind them, forcing those whose rights have been deprived into long, expensive litigation with absolutely no certain outcome.