Can President Obama Use ‘Executive Action’ to Take Away Gun Rights?

Joe Biden says a lot of dumb things. It’s like he doesn’t even think before the words tumble out of his mouth, like when he asked the guy in the wheelchair to stand up, or mentioned that you can’t even go into a 7-Eleven without an Indian accent these days. He’s endlessly entertaining -- at least until you realize he’s second in line for the presidency. That’s another one of his bloopers, by the way ... he’s actually first in line. The Speaker of the House is second.

Anyway. Good ol’ Joe spoke to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence, and hinted that the president might sign an executive order to combat gun violence. Given the administration’s policy toward gun rights, the insinuation seems to be that Obama is considering banning guns by executive order.

Biden said:

The president is going to act .... There are executives orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required.

That is the same attorney general that approved Operation Fast and Furious, which used taxpayer money to arm Mexican drug cartels and killed two federal agents and hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens, but I’m sure he’s qualified to offer an opinion on gun control.

Back to this whole executive order thing: The president cannot overturn parts of the Constitution that he doesn’t like. Banning our Second Amendment right to bear arms is as ludicrous as banning free speech, or disallowing women the vote. There is a process for changing federal laws, and it must be followed.

It’s almost like our founding fathers set up a system of government that makes it difficult to change our Constitutional rights. It’s called checks and balances, and it saves us from becoming a dictatorship. No matter where you fall on the gun control debate, the idea that a president could sign an executive order against any of our rights as Americans is scary.

It’s doubtful that President Obama has any intention of doing anything like that, and this is probably just the vice president speaking off-script again (seriously -- it’s like he doesn’t even realize there are cameras on him). I may not be Obama’s biggest fan, but I have faith that he won’t bypass the legislative process for a pet issue.

Have no fear, gun owners of America. Your gun rights are safe ... for now at least.

Do you think the president should be able to use executive action to ramp up gun control?


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Doomy234 Doomy234

No. It is a blatant abuse of power if he does. Not only that, but we are on the fast track to tyranny. Our ancestors must be rolling over in their graves.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Jenny you are a piece of work.

I think its so hilarious when you bat shit crazy right wingers do things like try you are doing right now jenny, trying to distract from the real issue here.

Do not sit around and laugh at Biden because of his off the wall comments he's made. Don't discredit all of his hard work in the almost 30+ years he has served this country, fighting for women's rights, pioneering programs for high risk children and low income families.

You call yourself a journalist but you have NO IDEA what you are talking about!!

Now on the gun issue.. I hope he does take serious action and then moves on.

randamda randamda

The day this happens is the day Texas will succeed, and multiple states will try and do the same.

nonmember avatar leila

Autumnleaves87 you are so right! this chick is a little too obvious in her hatred towards obama..

Autum... Autumnleaves87

And anyone who is going to start commenting about "tyranny".. just stop it. No one is taking your guns away.

Hopefully it will be a lot more difficult to buy these weapons that are meant to cause mass casualties and serious harm to the public. There needs to be something done to keep the public safe. It's a public safety issue.

Autum... Autumnleaves87

Hey doomy.. our ancestors?????

You mean our founding fathers?? Wtf are you talking about. You mean in 1776 when the worst weapon out there was a cannon?? Shut up.

nonmember avatar Mom2b

@Autumn Leaves, I agree. As usual, Jenny is running off at the mouth about nothing.

Flori... Floridamom96

Alright, now that Autumnleaves has laid down the house rules on what arguments can and cannot be utilized... Oh, wait. I don't care. Since she brought it up, tyranny is defined by Merriam-Webster as "a government in which absolute power is vested in a single ruler" and "an oppressive, harsh, or unjust act". Our government is specifically designed to keep one office from holding all the powers of government. Specific to this issue the office of president is an executive position meaning the president executes, but does not create, the laws. The congress is our legislature meaning they create the laws pursuant to the constitution, but do not execute them. Using an executive order to create or extend a law is an illegal usurpation of the authority of congress and reeks of tyranny. Usurping power not given to a position is unjust and illegally combines separate powers into one office, i.e. tyranny.

Flori... Floridamom96

Mom2b and Autumnleaves, does it really mean nothing to you that Obama is attempting to violate the constitution to get his way?

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