As President Barack Obama prepares to announce new gun control executive orders, several Republican candidates are attacking his actions—and pledging to reverse them if they take power. “We’re not changing the Second Amendment,” Donald Trump said. “I will veto that. I will unsign that so fast.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused Obama of acting like a “petulant child” and also said that he would strike the order upon assuming the presidency.
Sen. Marco Rubio also weighed in on the planned gun control measure, describing it as “illegal and unconstitutional.” “Law-abiding gun owners are not the problem in this country,” Rubio continued. “The problem are criminals, and criminals don’t care what laws you pass. You can pass all the gun laws in the world that you want. It will not stop the criminals.”
President Obama To Announce Executive Actions On Gun Control
“I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” President Barack Obama announced in 2014 when defending executive orders. Today, he will again go around Congress and against the will of the American people to put that pen into action and impose more gun-control measures.
“A few months ago, I directed my team at the White House to look into any new actions I can take to help reduce gun violence,” Obama said in his weekly address last Friday. He then met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch yesterday to discuss those options.
Whatever he announces today, it’s certain those actions will have no impact on “gun violence.” Obama has already received backlash from U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.; Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; GOP presidential candidates; and many more. In addition, the conservative advocacy group Freedom Watch has stated that it plans to sue to block any executive order on gun control.
Texas Governor Abbott To President: “COME & TAKE IT”
With President Barack Obama vowing to impose additional gun controls this week through unilateral executive action that sidesteps the legislative process and subverts the will of the people, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott challenged President Obama to “come and take” Texans’ firearms away.
Taking to Twitter, the Texas governor tweeted: “Obama wants to impose more gun control. My response.#? COME & TAKE IT.” Abbott’s tweet named the NRA and pictured the historic “COME AND TAKE IT” flag from the Battle of Gonzales, which started the Texas Revolution after Mexican authorities tried to seize a cannon from Texian settlers who refused to give it up.
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Hillary Clinton Lays Out Gun-Control Measures In Town Hall
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton had a ready-made answer for a young boy’s question about guns at a Portsmouth, N.H., town hall on Dec. 29. The question, read from an index card, was, “When you become president, what is your plan to connect mental health problems and guns to make sure that me, my brothers, and my friends are safe from violence at school?” Hillary took this serendipitous opportunity to outline seven gun-control laws that she would enact if elected.
“I’m going to do everything I can do, and I’m never going to stop trying,” she said. Her proposed laws would enact “comprehensive” background checks; close the so-called gun show, online and Charleston “loopholes”; add no-fly list to background checks; allow gun makers to be sued for gun crime; and allow gun sellers to also be sued for gun crime. She then told the crowd, “I know we can do this in a constitutionally consistent way.”
We’d be hard pressed to understand how gutting the Second Amendment meets that description.
Only 2 Percent Think Guns Are Most Pressing Concern
President Barack Obama seems increasingly determined to use gun control to cement his legacy. In his upcoming “Guns In America” town hall with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, he will again attempt to bring the issue back to the forefront. Unfortunately for President Obama, Gallup polling information for 2015 suggests it might not work as well as he hopes.
By averaging the results of monthly telephone surveys, Gallup determined that guns/gun control was not the chief concern of Americans last year. Not only did it not grab the top spot, it wasn’t even in the top five. Or 10. Or 15. (It ranked 19th out of 23.)
Indeed, among the roughly 12,000 adults asked last year about the most important problem facing this country today, the most common response was … the government. Perhaps President Obama should leave law-abiding gun owners alone in favor of simply taking a long, hard look in the mirror.
California Resident Shoots Home Invader
An attempted home invasion in Seaside, Calif., turned out badly for the suspected perpetrator. The Monterey Herald reports that a man tried to forcibly gain entry to a home in the Marshall Park neighborhood. Two men were already inside the house, one of whom engaged in a struggle with the suspect while the other retrieved a firearm. When the suspect apparently tried to take the gun, he was shot once in the torso.
Police arrived to find the suspect unconscious; he was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Police told local media that the gun appeared to be legally owned and that the resident who fired it is not suspected of a crime.