Rand Paul gives Obama the royal treatment
January 15th, 2013
04:33 PM ET
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Rand Paul gives Obama the royal treatment

(CNN) - Saying President Barack Obama is acting like a "king" by threatening to take executive action on gun laws, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul cautioned the president to be ready for a fight on Capitol Hill.

"I'm against having a king," he said Tuesday in an interview in Jerusalem with 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."

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Obama will announce proposals to curb gun violence Wednesday based on recommendations by Vice President Joe Biden's task force, which held meetings with multiple stakeholders in the gun control debate. The announcement comes just over a month after the deadly Connecticut elementary school massacre that left 26 killed, in addition to the gunman's mother.

According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Obama "intends to take a comprehensive approach," including renewal of the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, a ban of high-capacity gun magazines and closing background check loopholes.

Among the proposals are 19 executive actions that Obama could take without congressional approval, legislators briefed by Biden said Tuesday.

But Carney noted "there are limits on what can be done within existing law" and said Congress would have to act on certain proposals "because the power to do that is reserved by Congress and to Congress."

If the president does decide to make unilateral moves, however, Sen. Paul warned such action would spark intense backlash.

"I've been opposed to executive orders, even with Republican presidents," he said. "But one that wants to infringe on the Second Amendment, we will fight tooth and nail."

"And I promise you," he continued. "There'll be no rock left unturned as far as trying to stop him from usurping the Constitution, running roughshod over Congress. And you will see one heck of a debate if he decides to try to do this."

His argument falls in line with critics who say recent legislative pushes–both at the federal and state level–to amend gun laws mark an aggressive front against Second Amendment rights. The National Rifle Association on Monday posted to Twitter that gun owners are "under assault" and argued the White House and New York Politicians "declare war on the #SecondAmendment."

New York lawmakers, led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, approved tough new firearm legislation Tuesday that represents the first gun control laws passed since the Newtown shooting.

Paul, a first-term senator, has not shot down potential interest in a 2016 presidential bid. His father, former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, is widely considered a leader among libertarians and made three White House runs, including a 2012 campaign.

- CNN's Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

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soundoff (335 Responses)
  1. gotsomesense

    the second admentment give you the right to have an RPG, a 50CAL, a tank, an f15, oh wait, you cant' they are banned...

    January 16, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  2. RDB

    Kings are not "elected" by the PEOPLE

    January 16, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The senator is incorrect: President Obama does not want to be a king.
    President Obama is acting as president.
    I am thankful for that.

    January 16, 2013 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  4. Met

    Remeber that the next time a Repub is elected....if that ever happens!!!

    January 16, 2013 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  5. trex

    .........the OVERWHEMLING NUMBER OF Americans......WANT GUN CONTROL....Not all guns, but the semi and automatic weapons MUST BE BANNED...........................

    January 16, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  6. Anonymous

    This man is to politics what Snookie is to Celebrity.As far as his future run for President....NOT A SNOW BALLS CHANCE IN HELL! This country will never elect a member of the Tea Party . FACT.

    January 16, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  7. K

    Had a democrat critisized a republican president this way on foreign soil, the outcry from the right would have been deafening. Too bad nobody and I mean NOBODY on the democrats side has any spine nor testicles enough to stand up against such fools as Rand Paul. This gun control issue will go down as one of Obama's biggest defeats of his presidency, then soon after another school masacre will occur, all because the left in America are a bunch of wussies.

    January 16, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  8. Rob

    Obama has acted like a King since he became president. It is high time Americans stood up to Washington and tell them what we wantg. Many have cited polls saying the "Majority". Get a grip. Most are polls from liberal media puching their own agenda and using as little as 1000 people to base their "estimates" on. There is more to America and are right to bear arms is in place to protect ourselves. Not only from criminals but from from those trying to take away our rights. Not just on guns but everything from free speech to who can vote. Why should we listen to a group of people that only talk to us at election time and then go back to Washington and fail to address everything from jobs the economy, wars and the list goes on. Based on Obama's history and poor record when making decisions I see no reason to think King Obama will do any better with this.

    January 16, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  9. Richard

    He is like his old man–a bought and paid for corporate racists. I would love to see him take up his old mans mantle and run for president, it will be the same results.

    January 16, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  10. NamedDennis

    I see, you don't want a "king", but it was ok for Baby Bush to be a "decider" as he put it! Republican hypocrisy!

    January 16, 2013 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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