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Joe Biden Says President Obama Can Use ‘Executive Action’ On Gun Control

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President Barack can use executive action on gun control measures, according to statements Vice President Joe Biden made on Wednesday. The second-in-command noted during a meeting about the gun violence task force meeting that the White House had determined the president can use executive power to push through measures which attempt to thwart gun violence. Gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association (NRA) will likely not support any attempt to circumvent Second Amendment protections.

During the meeting with gun control advocacy groups, Vice President Joe Biden had this to say:

“We’re here today to deal with a problem that requires immediate action, urgent action. The president is going to act. I want to make clear that we’re not going to get caught up in the notion that, unless we can do everything, were going to do nothing.”

When the vice president told the group assembled to advise the Obama administration about gun control measures, it was the first time that bypassing Congress with an executive order was mentioned, according to the Business Insider.

Biden did not specifically state what he meant by “executive action” in reference to President Obama’s gun control options. An executive order is perhaps the most commonly used and referred to type of law making ability used by a president.

Joe Biden’s gun violence task force meeting on Wednesday was the first of several scheduled to this week. The vice president will meet with the NRA, Walmart, and other gun retailers on Thursday, the Huffington Post notes.

Those attending the gun control meeting at the White House on Wednesday include Attorney General Eric Holder, mass shooting victims and relatives, Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence members, Cease Fire Pennsylvania, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and the Violence Policy Center.

Do you think President Obama should sign a gun control executive order?

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9 Responses to “Joe Biden Says President Obama Can Use ‘Executive Action’ On Gun Control”

  1. Anonymous

    Executive orders were never intended, or should, have any authority outside the Executive Branch of government. This means that any executive order that affects anything outside of the Executive Branch (the White House, Military, etc.) would be illegal from the start. The entire Constitution/ Bill of Rights would be legally out of the reach of an executive order. The constitution is nearly impossible to amend for a reason. Our founding fathers knew that eventually a tyrannical dictator type would come along and try to take rights from the people, that is why we have the form of government we have; that is the whole reasoning behind a REPUBLICAN form of government with a constitution. I get sick of people calling the USA a democracy. Study the real history of the USA, not what is in the current text books, but the TRUTH. Our founders were aware of the dangers of a democracy because they had seen what results from it. That is why they formed a REPUBLICAN form of government, not a democratic form of government that is so mistakenly substituted (out of ignorance most of the time) for republican form in conversation about the United States Government. The Federal government is OUT OF CONTROL and must be reigned in. We have to take a stand against the Federal Government while we still have rights to do so.
    A Lesson to be Learned on the Anniversary of Wounded Knee.

    December 29, 2012 marked the 122nd Anniversary of the murder of 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These 297 people, in their winter camp, were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection”. The slaughter began AFTER the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms. When the final round had flown, of the 297 dead or dying, two thirds (200) were women and children.

    Around 40 members of the 7th Cavalry were killed, over half cut down by friendly fire from the Hotchkiss guns of their overzealous comrades-in-arms. Twenty members of the 7th Cavalry were deemed “National Heroes” and awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of cowardice.

    We do not hear of Wounded Knee today. It is not mentioned in our history classes or books. What little does exist about Wounded Knee is normally the sanitized “Official Government Explanation” or the historically and factually inaccurate depictions of the events leading up to the massacre on the movie screen.

    Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in United States history. It ended in the senseless murder of 297 people.

    Before you jump on the emotionally charged bandwagon for gun-control, take a moment to reflect on the real purpose of the Second Amendment- The right of the people to take up arms in defense of themselves, their families, and property in the face of invading armies or an oppressive government. The argument that the Second Amendment only applies to hunting and target shooting is asinine. When the United States Constitution was drafted “hunting” was an everyday chore carried out by men and women to put meat on the table each night, and “target shooting” was an unheard of concept, musket balls were a precious commodity in the wilds of early America, and were certainly not wasted “target shooting”. The Second Amendment was written by people who fled oppressive and tyrannical regimes in Europe, and refers to the right of American citizens to be armed for defense purposes should such tyranny rise in the United States.

    As time goes on the average citizen in the United States continues to lose personal freedom or “liberty”. Far too many times unjust bills are passed and signed into law under the guise of “for your safety” or “for protection”. The Patriot Act signed into law by G.W. Bush, then expanded and continued by Barack Obama is just one of many examples of American citizens being stripped of their rights and privacy for “safety”. Now, the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is on the table, and will, most likely be taken away for “our safety”.

    Before any American citizen blindly accepts whatever new firearms legislation that is about to be doled out, they should stop and think about something for just one minute-
    Evil does exist in our world. It always has and always will. Throughout history evil people have committed evil acts. In the Bible one of the first stories is that of Cain killing Abel. We cannot legislate “evil” into extinction. Good people will abide by the law, defective people will always find a way around it.

    And another thought. Evil exists all around us, but looking back at the historical record of the past 200 years across the globe, where is “evil” and “malevolence” most often found? In the hands of those with the power- governments. That greatest human tragedies on record and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments. Who do governments target? “Scapegoats” and “enemies” within their own borders…but only after they have been disarmed to the point where they are no longer a threat. Ask any Native American, and they will tell you it was inferior technology and lack of arms that contributed to their demise. Ask any Armenian why it was so easy for the Turks to exterminate millions of them, and they will answer “We were disarmed before it happened”. Ask any Jew what Hitler’s first step prior to the mass murders of the Holocaust was- confiscation of firearms from the people.

    Wounded Knee is the prime example of why the Second Amendment exists, and why we shouldn’t be in such a hurry to surrender our Right to Bear Arms. Without the Second Amendment we have no right to defend ourselves and our families.

  2. George M Woodward

    It appears to me that President Obama is trying to establish line item veto.

  3. George M Woodward

    It appears to me that President Obama is trying to establish line item veto.

  4. Joseph Blosch

    Obama's tyranny is going public, now. This nation is crumbling because of him.