BY LINDA BENTLEY | JANUARY 9, 2013
Stockman said, ‘I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including …
filing articles of impeachment’
WASHINGTON – On Monday, U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, issued a statement in response to the White House’s recent announcement that it will use executive orders and executive actions to infringe on our constitutionally protected Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, calling it an “unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic.”
Stockman said, “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.”
He called Obama’s actions an “existential threat to this nation” and stated, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms is what has kept this nation free and secure for over 200 years. The very purpose of the Second Amendment is to stop the government from disallowing people the means to defend themselves against tyranny. Any proposal to abuse executive power and infringe upon gun rights must be repelled with the stiffest legislative force possible.
“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.
“The President’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office – they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger. If the President is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist.”
Stockman’s statement is in sharp contrast to California Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, who, during a press conference last week to introduce a bill to place onerous regulations on the purchase of ammunition in California, stated, “While the Second Amendment gives each of us the right to bear arms it also says clearly that such rights can and should be well regulated.”