Delivering his final press conference as a first term president, today Barack Obama didn’t stutter when he casually sailed through his promise of delivering executive action in order to circumvent congress and avoid that looming showdown:
My understanding is the vice president’s going to provide a range of steps that we can take to reduce gun violence. Some of them will require legislation, some of them I can accomplish through executive action. And so I will be reviewing those today, and as I said, I will speak in more detail to what we’re going to go ahead and propose later in the week. But I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president, and where you get a step that, has the opportunity to reduce the possibility of gun violence, then I want to go ahead and take it.
But one congressman has stepped forth from the shadows of the 113th congress and is threatening impeachment in the event that the president goes forward with strict new gun control measures via his executive powers. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) is the challenger and he cometh, delivering some words that are seldom strung together in similar fashion anywhere in Washington:
“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment. Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible. Under no circumstances whatsoever may the government take any action that disarms any peaceable person — much less without due process through an executive declaration without a vote of Congress or a ruling of a court. If the president is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist.”
Stockman’s remarks, considering the Democrat stronghold in the Senate, most likely represent a bluff on his part as well as on behalf of a very befuddled congress which has been reeling from one mainstream-media-democrat conceived disaster after another since Barack Obama’s reelection in November.
Expect Obama to shove as much as he can past congress using his ink pen, including new import regulations and new processes for state and local authorities to collaborate systems in an attempt to track gun sales and owners. But any real new legislation in regards to gun control or the banning of various types of weapons must go through congress first. By nature, the Executive Order is not intended to implement new laws/legislation or regulations.
The very first presidential executive order was a proclamation signed by George Washington on April 22, 1793 and he took that privilege – which forbade American Citizens from interfering with the war between England and France – while congress was out of session.