The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.I can't believe that no one is going ape shit over this. If there's a time to go ape shit, it's now. Executive orders aren't supposed to be used in this manner. "Executive power", as granted in Article II, Section 1, Clause 1 of the Constitution, allows for the creation of executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. Not to pass constitutionally-questionable legislation by presidential fiat. (I say "constitutionally-questionable" because the laws conflict with the guarantees provided by the 2nd Amendment.)
Later this week, Obama will formally announce his proposals to reduce gun violence, which are expected to include renewal of the assault weapons ban, universal background checks and prohibition of high-capacity magazine clips. But Biden, who has been leading Obama’s task force on the response, spent two hours briefing a small group of sympathetic House Democrats on the road ahead in the latest White House outreach to invested groups.
The focus on executive orders is the result of the White House and other Democrats acknowledging the political difficulty of enacting any new gun legislation, a topic Biden did not address in Monday’s meeting.
The executive actions could include giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authority to conduct national research on guns, more aggressive enforcement of existing gun laws and pushing for wider sharing of existing gun databases among federal and state agencies, members of Congress in the meeting said.
If Obama does this, he should absolutely be impeached.
And yes, Bush used executive orders to pass constitutionally-questionable "War on Terror" legislation. And he should have been impeached for it.