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Cue the Right Wing Freak Out
by PamR
January 16, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Right-wing reacts badly to Obama’s gun proposals

To the surprise of no one, conservative responses to Obama's gun proposals have ranged from skeptical to vitriolic

The right-wing has offered a range of reactions to President Obama’s unveiling of a broad gun control plan – including signing 23 executive orders – and unsurprisingly, they were unenthusiastic at best.

Speaking on Mike Huckabee’s radio show, NRA President David Keene accused President Obama of “using our children to pursue an ideological anti-gun agenda,” arguing to guest host J.D. Hayworth that some of the proposals are just a “fig leaf to cover his real agenda, which is to go after guns.”

“Make no mistake about it: Overall, this is an anti-gun agenda pushed by an Administration that is a committed anti-gun administration,” Keene said.

Earlier Wednesday, the NRA’s executive Vice President called opposition to the proposals the “fight of the century,” adding: “It’s not about protecting your children. It’s not about stopping crime. It’s about banning your guns … PERIOD!”

Other conservative lawmakers argued that Obama’s proposals would not have stopped the Sandy Hook shootings.

“Nothing the President is proposing would have stopped the massacre at Sandy Hook,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a statement. “President Obama is targeting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens instead of seriously addressing the real underlying causes of such violence.”

“The Vice President’s committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there,” said Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas., in a statement.

And, of course, conservatives on Twitter were either dismissive or vitriolic:

As the Washington Post reports, John Boehner has been cagey so far on whether or not he supports the President’s proposals:

Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), said Tuesday that House committees of jurisdiction will review the president’s recommendations. “And if the Senate passes a bill, we will also take a look at that,” Steel said.

But some Republicans have vowed to take action to block White House efforts, including impeachment. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., was asked a question about Texas Rep. Steve Stockman’s threat to file articles of impeachment in an interview with the Shark Tank. “All options should be on the table,” Radel replied, the Daily Caller reports.

At the state level, a number of Republicans are pushing bills that would prohibit federal gun laws from being enforced in the state. Republican legislators in Texas, Wyoming and Utah are mulling this type of legislation, in some cases considering making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, R, wrote to his Lieutenant Governor and the state’s House Speaker asking for legislation to make any ”unconstitutional order” on gun policy “illegal to enforce in Mississippi by state and local law enforcement.”

And conservative gadfly Larry Klayman, through his right-wing legal group FreedomWatch, filed a lawsuit this week over what he argues were illegal meetings between Joe Biden’s gun violence task force and lobbyists: “President Obama and Vice President Biden have thumbed their nose at the law and instead been holding closed door meetings with special interest lobbyists on both sides of the issue,” Klayman said in a statement, the Hill reports. “The American people, whose rights to gun ownership stem from colonial times and are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, are being illegally shut out of the process.”

Replies

  • Clairwil
    January 16, 2013 at 6:03 PM
    Quoting PamR:

    But some Republicans have vowed to take action to block White House efforts, including impeachment. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., was asked a question about Texas Rep. Steve Stockman’s threat to file articles of impeachment in an interview with the Shark Tank. “All options should be on the table,” Radel replied, the Daily Caller reports.

    Impeach?  In response to executive orders such as:

    " Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign."

  • nanaofsix531
    January 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Oh well they freak out when the man takes a pee.Nothing new.

  • SallyMJ
    by SallyMJ
    January 16, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    So disappointment is "freaking out"?

    I thought liberals were reasonable, intelligent, tolerant people.

    This sounds like childish name-calling on the playground.

    "You're stupid!"

    "No, YOU'RE stupid!"

  • ..MoonShine..
    January 16, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I think it's funny. Not so much in that "haha" way, but...

    Obama has only done what he's said he was going to do. There is nothing surprising in his list of EOs, nothing he hasn't talked about getting done. It should not be surprising to anyone, yet I see people (just from my own observation of people that *I* know) reacting like it's such a shock and outrage what he's done. 

  • LIMom1105
    January 16, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Yes, and they will waste many of our tax $$$$ in the process, as well as time they could spend actually doing something beneficial such as serving our country.  I could understand it if there was an outright ban on all guns, but there isn't.

    Quoting Clairwil:

    Quoting PamR:

    But some Republicans have vowed to take action to block White House efforts, including impeachment. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., was asked a question about Texas Rep. Steve Stockman’s threat to file articles of impeachment in an interview with the Shark Tank. “All options should be on the table,” Radel replied, the Daily Caller reports.

    Impeach?  In response to executive orders such as:

    " Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign."


  • jcribb16
    January 16, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Outright ban on all guns?  It's coming, step by step..

  • PamR
    by PamR
    January 16, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Reagain was in favor of the assault weapons ban.

  • JustCJ
    by JustCJ
    January 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    funny...I heard quite a few dems were pretty sore about this too.

  • Carpy
    by Carpy
    January 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    If you were paying attention, plenty on the left are not happy about it either.

  • imamomzilla
    January 16, 2013 at 8:10 PM

     Yep. Slippery slope.

    Quoting jcribb16:

    Outright ban on all guns?  It's coming, step by step..

     

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