There were several great responses from the GOP in the aftermath of President Obama’s horrible gun grab speech, and we’ve collected a handful of them for your enjoyment. We’ve got a couple of presidential candidates, several conservative firebrands, and a few GOP establishment mouthpieces. It’s nice to see a unified response! Now let’s see if the GOP can bow up and really fight back.
“I fear he may have made things worse in the minds of many Americans. People are really scared and worried. You know, last night I ran into a couple who often travels abroad or to other parts of the country for New Year’s Eve. For the first time in over a decade, they’re not traveling anywhere this year because they’re so scared. Ran into someone else today who said they’re avoiding stadiums and malls during the holiday season because they’re scared. And people are scared not just because of these attacks but because of a growing sense that we have a president that’s completely overwhelmed by them.”
“President Obama’s contempt for the 2nd Amendment – and the Constitutional separation of powers – is well documented but that does not entitle him to this childish temper tantrum. This is nothing more than a cheap stunt by a lawless President looking to seal a political legacy in the last months of his failing Administration. What’s more, the President’s actions lack any basis in fact, as even the Washington Post was forced to admit that not a single recent act of mass violence could be prevented by new gun laws. Congress cannot let this backdoor power grab go unchallenged. We must use every tool at our disposal, including the power of the purse and, if necessary, the pursuit of legal action, to put a check on this unconstitutional overreach.”
“The #Obamaspeech was an attempt to turn a necessary discussion on terrorism and national security into a [sic] ineffective gun control debate.”
There are answers here to make our nation safe, but once again the President seems incapable of finding them.
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 7, 2015
“From day one, the president has never respected the right to safe and legal gun ownership that our nation has valued since its founding. He knows full well that the law already says that people who make their living selling firearms must be licensed, regardless of venue. Still, rather than focus on criminals and terrorists, he goes after the most law-abiding of citizens. His words and actions amount to a form of intimidation that undermines liberty.”
“Once again, President Obama has ignored the will of the American people and subverted our Constitution which gives Congress, not the president, the power to write our laws. When this President doesn’t get what he wants, he acts unilaterally — as he has done repeatedly in the past on immigration, environmental regulation and Obamacare. Now, the President is putting election-year politics ahead of the Bill of Rights. I will continue to support the Second Amendment and fight the abuse of executive authority by this or any other president.”
Today, President Obama once again usurped the legislative power of Congress by executive overreach. The President’s gun control executive actions will infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans, but do nothing to prevent gun crime and mass shootings. I am confident that his proposals will be challenged in court and ultimately vacated. Obama’s new executive actions on gun control would have not prevented mass shooting tragedies from Columbine to San Bernardino. The executive actions broaden guidance on who must obtain a firearms license while being deliberately vague in defining who will be considered a gun dealer. This will give federal agents undue power and make people reluctant to engage in gun transactions for fear of being selected for politically-motivated prosecution. The actions not only violate 2nd Amendment rights to keep and bear arms but also 4th Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. Additionally, the President plans to prohibit certain Social Security recipients from legally owning firearms. In response, I will co-sponsor legislation (H.R. 3126) to prohibit the Social Security Commissioner from turning over social security numbers to the Justice Department-run gun background check system.