Texas GOPer threatens impeachment over executive action on guns

Rep. Steve Stockman says he will seek any number of ways around an executive order on gun control VIDEO

Topics: Video, Gun Control, Impeachment, Gun Violence, House Republicans, Barack Obama, Texas, Steve Stockman,

Texas GOPer threatens impeachment over executive action on guns (Credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

If President Obama uses an executive order to pass gun control measures, a Texas Republican says he could file articles of impeachment.

Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, called a potential executive action “an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic,” after the president said in a press conference that there are a number of steps he can take through executive action to implement gun control, should Congress fail to act.

“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,” Stockman said in the statement. “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.”

“If the President is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist,” Stockman wrote.

As the debate over gun control continues to heat up, opponents have managed to come up with a number of ill-timed events (like Wisconsin’s Indianhead Rifle and Pistol Club, which is trying to hold its annual gun show in a local elementary school), while conservatives make questionable and sometimes inflammatory statements on the consequences of legislation.



Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., for example, echoed a  statement by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, last week, in which he suggested that an assault weapons ban could include hammers and machetes. Blackburn, in response to a comment on assault weapons bans and other gun control measures, said on CNN on Sunday: “The problem is, it could be a hammer, a hatchet, a car, a gun. You’re still needing to look at this mental health, and you have to make certain that you’re protecting an individual’s rights.”

Watch:

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 10
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie

    A contemporary romantic comedy set to Elvis Costello and lots of luxurious and sinful sugary treats.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Welcome to Temptation" by Jennifer Crusie

    Another of Crusie's romantic comedies, this one in the shadow of an ostentatiously phallic water tower.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "A Gentleman Undone" by Cecilia Grant

    A Regency romance with beautifully broken people and some seriously steamy sex.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Black Silk" by Judith Ivory

    A beautifully written, exquisitely slow-building Regency; the plot is centered on a box with some very curious images, as Edward Gorey might say.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "For My Lady's Heart" by Laura Kinsale

    A medieval romance, the period piece functions much like a dystopia, with the courageous lady and noble knight struggling to find happiness despite the authoritarian society.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Sweet Disorder" by Rose Lerner

    A Regency that uses the limitations on women of the time to good effect; the main character is poor and needs to sell her vote ... or rather her husband's vote. But to sell it, she needs to get a husband first ...   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Frenemy of the People" by Nora Olsen

    Clarissa is sitting at an awards banquet when she suddenly realizes she likes pictures of Kimye for both Kim and Kanye and she is totally bi. So she texts to all her friends, "I am totally bi!" Drama and romance ensue ... but not quite with who she expects. I got an advanced copy of this YA lesbian romance, and I’d urge folks to reserve a copy; it’s a delight.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "The Slightest Provocation" by Pam Rosenthal

    A separated couple works to reconcile against a background of political intrigue; sort of "His Gal Friday" as a spy novel set in the Regency.   Read the whole essay.

    Romance novels need a canon

    "Again" by Kathleen Gilles Seidel

    Set among workers on a period soap opera, it manages to be contemporary and historical both at the same time.   Read the whole essay.

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

0 Comments

Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>