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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.”
Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at email@example.com.More Jillian Rayfield.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.