January 15, 2013
A Texas Congressman is threatening president Obama with impeachment if his administration exercises executive action to scale back the Second Amendment.
In a press release titled, “Obama’s gun grab an unconstitutional threat to the nation,” republican Rep. Steve Stockman stated, “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.”
Rep. Stockman said that he will pursue “any means necessary” to thwart Obama’s use of executive orders targeting the Second Amendment “including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment.”
“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,” Rep. Stockman stated.
The Congressman said that the president’s actions would represent “not just an attack on the Constitution” but “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.”
Congressman Stockman’s strong defense of the Second Amendment comes at a crucial time in the gun control debate. Anti-gun proponents have been envigored by the recent tragic events in Newtown, CT and are seeking to capitalize on the nation’s emotional vulnerability during this opportune moment to pass sweeping gun reform.
However, there are some law enforcers at local levels that say they will not enforce any unconstitutional mandates declared by the federal government. Sheriff Denny Peyman of Jackson County, Kentucky during a town hall speech this past Saturday, told attendees that he had no intention of taking anybody’s guns away. “I am responsible for the people inside this county,” stated Peyman, adding, “I couldn’t justify, if Obama passes this, it doesn’t matter what he passes, the sheriff has more power than the federal people.”
“I consider this a moral obligation… My office will not comply with any federal actions which violate the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold,” Peyman declared.
Earlier this year, Rep. Stockman, along with Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), introduced H.R. 35 IH, or “The Safe Schools Act of 2013,” a bill that would have eliminated “Gun Free Zones” around schools. The bill labeled the “Gun Free Zones Act” a “deadly failure,” and one section goes so far as to say “the reason that the `Gun Free School Zones Act’ has made American schools unsafe is that shooters now know that they can victimize American school campuses with no fear that victims will be armed.”