Just. Stop. Seriously, enough already from Republicans with Small Penis Syndrome. Yes I went there. Why? Because we have a real problem in this country, one in which deranged and/or angry and/or careless and/or stupid and/or otherwise defective people use military weapons that shoot way too many rounds too quickly into children and other living things.
And apparently the GOP sees very little wrong with that. They blame video games. They blame mental health disorders. They blame retaliation against those who disagree with them. But the things they do not blame are guns and the abuse of the Second Amendment by people who get off on firing guns.
So when most Americans (read the polls, talk to actual NRA members, Republicans) agree with common sense safety measures, it really irks them. When the president sees no end to GOP obstruction and considers using Constitutionally sound options, it really, really irks them.
Today it got under Rep. Steve Stockman’s skin when President Obama held a press conference and said this:
“… What you can count on is, is that the things that I’ve said in the past — the belief that we have to have stronger background checks, that we can do a much better job in terms of keeping these magazine clips with high capacity out of the hands of folks who shouldn’t have them, an assault weapons ban that is meaningful — that those are things I continue to believe make sense. (Inaudible) — will all of them get through this Congress? I don’t know.”
“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… I think, for example, how we are gathering data, for example, on guns that fall into the hands of criminals and how we track that more effectively — there may be some steps that we can take administratively, as opposed — through legislation.
“As far as people lining up and purchasing more guns, you know, I think that we’ve seen for some time now that those who oppose any common-sense gun control or gun safety measures have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear on the part of gun owners that somehow the federal government’s about to take all your guns away. And you know, that — there’s probably an economic element to that. It obviously is good for business.
“But I think that, you know, those of us who look at this problem have repeatedly said that responsible gun owners, people who have a gun for protection, for hunting, for sportsmanship — they don’t have anything to worry about. The issue here is not whether or not we believe in the Second Amendment.
“The issue is, are there some sensible steps that we can take to make sure that somebody like the individual in Newtown can’t walk into a school and gun down a bunch of children in a — in a shockingly rapid fashion? And surely we can do something about that… I think it’s a fear that’s fanned by those who are — are worried about the possibility of any legislation getting out there.“
Those words from President Obama, per the freshman representative from Texas, were impeachment-worthy. No, I’m not kidding.
The Hill quotes Stockman:
The White House’s recent announcement they will use executive orders and executive actions to infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms is an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic. 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.
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms is what has kept this nation free and secure for over 200 years. The very purpose of the Second Amendment is to stop the government from disallowing people the means to defend themselves against tyranny. 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. The President’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office, they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger. If the President is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist.”
Gun manufacturers profiting off of death machines trumps everything, right Stockman? High capacity magazines resulting in mass homicide sits well with you, does it? Dead kids are not the priority, but NRA lobbyists are?
And which part of this didn’t you understand, genius?
“But I think that, you know, those of us who look at this problem have repeatedly said that responsible gun owners, people who have a gun for protection, for hunting, for sportsmanship — they don’t have anything to worry about. The issue here is not whether or not we believe in the Second Amendment.”
And Stockman’s, “The very purpose of the Second Amendment is to stop the government from disallowing people the means to defend themselves against tyranny” declaration isn’t quite accurate:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Tyranny isn’t mentioned. A militia is. Regulation is. A well-regulated militia is.
Not the freedom to spray innocent Americans with bullets, not overcompensation for personal insecurities, and not keeping the gun industry’s and politicans’ pockets stuffed with currency. Those aren’t mentioned in the Second Amendment.
And the president isn’t attempting to “disarm” America, nor is anyone else. Everyone gets to keep their precious firearms, nobody’s coming a-knockin’ to swoop into your home and take them away. As long as they’re legal. As long as the owners are responsible.
But you know what does “place all of us in danger”? Assault weapons in the hands of people who support gun magazines that hold 33 rounds of ammo, some of which ends up in a Congress member’s head.
And, hey, you know who else issued a whole slew of executive orders? George W. Bush.