Paul Wants Feds to Back Off on Gun Rights

Paul Wants Feds to Back Off on Gun Rights

The federal government is (ironically) taking aim at Americans’ gun rights.

In early 2013, shortly after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama introduced an executive action – essentially an order, decreed by the president, without approval from Congress (or any of the other necessary people in government) – that dealt with gun control. It was a 23-point memo, and included things like making relevant data available to a federal background check system; launching a national gun safety campaign; maximizing enforcement and prosecution of gun crimes; and plenty more.

This stepped on the toes of the other branches of government, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul decided not to put up with it. So, as Jason Howerton of The Blaze reported, Paul is looking to nullify the new orders.

“Paul told host Sean Hannity that Obama’s executive orders are a breach of constitutional separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches.

‘Our founding fathers were very concerned about us having separation of powers,’ Paul said. ‘…There are several of the executive orders that appear as if he is writing new law. That cannot happen.’”

Paul’s proposal, entitled “Separation of Powers Restoration and Second Amendment Protection Act,” aimed to stop the executive orders from being implemented through a couple of methods. One was to halt any funding for the programs that Obama proposed. The other was to allow members of Congress and those on the state level to challenge Obama’s orders in court.

He also expressed concern that Obama was starting to feel like a “king,” and stressed that the Constitution was not set up that way. America uses a system that provides checks and balances; it doesn’t let one man roam free to do whatever he chooses.

Paul admitted defeat on the measure almost right away, saying he did not expect Democrats to support his plan. (As a side note, I’m curious how many of them would have supported it if it were introduced by a Democrat instead of Paul…but that’s beside the point right now.)

The bottom line? Obama’s executive actions breached Americans’ 2nd Amendment rights, and should not be implemented.

 

Photograph courtesy of Fibonacci Blue, via Flickr Creative Commons

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