Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky blasted President Barack Obama on Tuesday, saying his plan to use executive orders to reduce gun violence was an attack on the Constitution.
“I’m against having a king,” Paul told the Christian Broadcasting Network. “I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the Constitution, bypass Congress — that’s someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch.”
It is unclear what executive actions Obama plans to make regarding gun control. However, New York Mayor Michale Bloomberg has called on the President to order all federal agencies to submit data to the national gun background check database, make a priority of prosecuting those who provide false information during background checks, and make a recess appointment to head the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. None of those actions would bypass the Congress.
“And I promise you, there’ll be no rock left unturned as far as trying to stop him from usurping the Constitution, running roughshod over Congress,” Paul added. “And you will see one heck of a debate if he decides to try to do this.”
Obama will announce his plan to reduce gun violence on Wednesday, using recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden’s task force.
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