Many of the GOP Establishment understand that Barack Obama violated the constitution yet again with his rewriting of gun laws but the responses have not been equal to the offense.
The GOP presidential candidates have given strong responses but that’s not true of the base. Read their comments and decide for yourself.
Privately, some Republicans are blaming the NRA. Now we know where Democrats get the idea that the GOP’s fight on gun control is all the NRA’s fault.
Privately, some GOP lawmakers said they didn’t think Obama’s actions on guns amount to much. “Frankly, our initial review of the president’s orders is there is not a lot of substance there,” said one Republican who requested anonymity, the hill reported.
But the lawmaker said party leaders are under enormous pressure from the National Rifle Association and other gun rights activists to take a stand against Obama.
Speaker Paul Ryan:
In a statement, Ryan, a gun owner and avid deer hunter, blasted Obama’s executive actions, calling them “a form of intimidation that undermines liberty” and violates the Second Amendment. The Speaker vowed that Congress would “conduct vigilant oversight” and predicted the actions would “no doubt be challenged in the courts.”
Still, Ryan acknowledged that electing a GOP president this fall would be the easiest way to reverse Obama’s actions.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy:
“The American people have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Ultimately, this executive ‘guidance’ is only a weak gesture—a shell of what the President actually wants. Congress and the American people have repeatedly said ‘no’ to President Obama’s ineffective policies that would infringe on the Second Amendment. The House continues to stand for the Constitution and in defense of the American people’s rights.”
Sen. Majority Leader McConnell:
“The people’s elected representatives in Congress will oversee these latest actions to determine whether they follow federal law and the Constitution. But there is another point here as well. At a time when the American people are looking to the Commander in Chief to provide real leadership in countering terrorist threats from ISIL and Al Qaeda, what Americans seem to get instead are lectures, distractions, and attempts to undermine their fundamental Second Amendment rights.”
“Ultimately, everything the president has done can be overturned by a Republican president, which is another reason we must win in November,” McConnell said.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said that his panel will “closely monitor the Administration’s actions and consider whether legislation is needed to further protect Americans’ constitutional rights.”
How reassuring! They’ve been monitoring his lawlessness for seven years now.
Sen. Majority Whip Cornyn (R-TX):
“If the President would roll up his sleeves and work with the bipartisan coalition in Congress who support legislation reforming our mental health system, together we could help prevent many of these tragedies from happening in our communities,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), the sponsor of one of several mental health bills wending their way through Congress.
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY):
“We all agree that we must find ways to control violent crime and keep guns out of the hands of criminals. This can be done by enforcing the laws already in place. We must look at ways to address the mental health issues that contribute to gun violence in America.
“Once again, President Obama is more concerned with his legacy than with the rights of law-abiding citizens. I will work to block this and any other action that threatens our Second Amendment rights.”
Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO):
“Clearly, there’s nowhere in the Constitution that says, if the Congress fails to act, if democracy doesn’t produces the result the president wants, then the president can produce whatever result he wants to produce,” he says.
Blunt says executive orders and executive “over-reach” will be a big issue in the presidential campaign. [KMOX, St. Louis]
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) expects House Republicans will sue Obama over the gun actions, but he also plans to phone Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to see if he’s interested in filing a state-based lawsuit against Obama, similar to the one Texas and 25 other states filed to stop his immigration actions.
“This president has a habit of going off and doing it on his own when he doesn’t get his way,” said Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
Are you less than impressed? Some of the conservatives want to address it through the appropriations but the Establishment probably won’t do it.
They let that spending bill go through and that’s all they had to fight Obama.