Conservative rage over gun control has reached a fever pitch before any new legislation or executive orders have even been put on the table.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are expected to reveal their new approach on guns this week, which is expected to include significant action via executive order that would bypass Congress, which has been infamously reticent to take up the issue.
Right wing congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) has threatened to file articles of impeachment against the president if he resorts to that step.
“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,” Stockman said in a statement. “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.”
“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,” Obama said in a press conference yesterday. “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.”
According to the New York Times, the Obama administration has identified as many as 19 potential orders he can enact on guns, including expanding background checks and placing new limits on gun imports.