Adequate gun control legislation has long been an important mission of President Obama’s. This afternoon the President announced he is exercising his executive order in an effort to take action against gun violence in America.
You can watch the full announcement here from the White House.
What about Paul Ryan?
Prior to today, Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) accused President Obama of using his executive authority to enact stricter gun control orders – before the President was even able to get the words out of his mouth. Yet before he was acting Speaker of the House, Ryan thought the idea of implementing tighter background checks on gun sales was acceptable.
He previously voiced his opinion in terms of addressing gun control loopholes in an interview with the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
“I think we need to find out how to close these loopholes and do it in such a way that we don’t infringe upon people’s Second Amendment rights.”
So he agrees?
“We had this issue, 2001, 1999 I think … when I first got into Congress,” explained. “At the time I remember thinking, ‘You know, there is a loophole here. We should address that.'”
Yes, sounds just like what Obama had in mind, too, Paul.
The issue Ryan seems to have is with President Obama exercising his executive order. “This is a dangerous level of executive overreach, and the country will not stand for it,” Ryan commented. Which is ironic, because in a statement directly from the House itself, Ryan claims that what President Obama has done so far in terms of implementing certain gun control precautions can be undone.
“Ultimately, everything the president has done can be overturned by a Republican president, which is another reason we must win in November.”
Really? Did he not just accuse the President of pursuing a “dangerous level of executive overreach” in another breath? So which is it, Speaker Ryan? He seems very inconsistent in his opinions and comments on executive authority. As if we needed another reason not to trust a Republican.
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