After President Barack Obama confirmed that he will bypass Congress to implement gun control through executive orders, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) threatened to file articles of impeachment should the president go through with it.
In a statement issued on Monday, Stockman warned that any executive orders by the president against law abiding gun owners would be “unconstitutional” and “infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms,” adding that the potential orders are “an existential threat to this nation.”
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.
Any executive order, Stockman added, would be “not just an attack on the Constitution,” but an “attack on Americans.”
“If the president is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist,” he concluded.
Obama will reveal his plans for gun control on Wednesday around noon, with 19 executive actions planned. CNN reports that he’ll be trying to manipulate Americans’ emotions by being "joined by a group of children who wrote letters to the president" following last month's shooting in Connecticut.