Rep. Steve Stockman (R – Texas) says he may file articles of impeachment against President Obama if the president circumvents Congress by promulgating executive orders on gun control.
The White House has numerous proposals under consideration in the aftermath of the Newtown school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As The Inquisitrhas reported, the Gun Control Task Force under VP Joe Biden may recommend 19 measures that supposedly can be implemented by presidential executive order instead of legislation. Obama also alluded to possible gun control-related executive action in his press conference yesterday.
Congressman Stockman released the following statement about a possible Obama impeachment effort in connection with new gun control regulations:
“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.
“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.
… 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.”
Stockman, a freshman lawmaker, represents Texas’ 35th Congressional district in the US House of Representatives. He served one term in Congress in the mid 1990s. In November 2012, he defeated his Democrat opponent by 44 points to return to Washington.