Lawmakers and gun advocates are sounding off on President
Obama's 23 executive actions involving gun violence, as well as the
dozen or so actions that he has called on Congress to approve.
Obama is taking
23 separate actions on his own, using his presidential powers,
but says it is up to Congress to "make a real and lasting
difference" by imposing new gun restrictions. His proposals,
introduced Wednesday in the nation's capital, include universal
background checks and bans on military-style assault rifles. But he
acknowledged he faces a tough fight to get those measures approved
on Capitol Hill.
Indeed he might. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) appeared
Wednesday afternoon on Tony Perkins' Washington Watch on
Radio. The senator has issues with the approach being taken by
"My concern still is whether or not he is going to usurp this
authority and do it on his own," said Paul. "We set up a country
with checks and balances [because] we didn't like the king to have
all the balance of power -- so we separated the power. In fact, one
of the people we based this on was the writings of Montesquieu. He
said it was very important to do this, or else you will have
Obama, said the Kentucky Republican, "has shown a tendency to go
around Congress when he can't get his way -- and that worries
And that is why Senator Paul plans to take some legislative
action. "We'll be introducing some legislation to try to rein in
his authority to do things by executive order. That'll be coming by
the next week or so," he stated. "We'll also be looking very
these executive orders to see if any of them go afoul of the
Appearing on the Fox News Channel this morning, Senator Marco
Rubio (R-Florida) called the president's actions "misguided."
"Here's my point: the impetus for all of this is the shooting in
Connecticut, right? That's what led to this -- and yet nothing he's
proposing would have prevented Connecticut," said Rubio.
"... It appears to me[that] this is stuff they've always wanted
to do, and now this [tragedy] has created the political climate to
pursue it -- and it's not going to solve the problem," .
Washington, DC, had some of the strictest gun laws in the country,
and when they passed them violence skyrocketed."
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) agrees with Rubio, saying "very
few of his recommendations have anything to do with happened" in
"Guns require a finger to pull the trigger," Perry says in a
press release. "The sad young man who did that in Newtown was
clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the
children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror."
He adds: "... The piling on by the political left, and their
cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to
advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved
those children, disgusts me, personally. The Second Amendment to
the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor
will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other
A gun rights organization also is skeptical about President
Obama's 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun rights. Sam
Paredes is on the board of directors of Gun Owners of
"[The executive actions] would do nothing to impact crime,
nothing to stop murders, nothing to stop the criminally insane from
committing their atrocities," he tells OneNewsNow. "So we are very
skeptical and are prepared to challenge them any way we can,
whether it's in Congress or through the courts."
Paredes and GOA feel several of the president's proposals that
were particularly egregious. "The so-called assault weapons ban and
the high-capacity magazine ban; the mandatory background checks for
all purchases -- we think that those issues are the most egregious;
a clear violation of the Second Amendment."
Paredes says it is fortunate that Obama will not be able to put
those severe restrictions in place without congressional