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

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. Dan in Michigan

    Seriously, alot of you really really need to read Atlas Shrugged. I know your liberal buddies snear at the book, but really, someone out there have a brain and not follow the Obama "Group Think".

    January 16, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  2. paula

    In the USA, the rate of death for children by guns, is an average of two a day. That equals an average of 730 children dying from guns every year. How can we as a nation protect these children and the thousands of people killed every year by guns? Tougher gun laws for purchasing guns, amunnition, and the proper storage and handling of guns, is a must. A small number of states have very weak gun laws, which allows many people to get guns legally, when they do not qualify, by most other state gun control laws. The fact is, the more guns there are in any given country, the more gun deaths are reported. We have to do something whereby gun ethusiests can have their guns, yet protect guns from reaching the hands of criminals and mentally imbalanced people, people with bad tempers and/or severe depression, people with known alcohol and drug addictions and known criminals, should never have access to firearms. We sent men to the moon, why can't we figure this out and save the lives of innocent victims of firearm crimes?

    January 16, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  3. maxbrady

    Let everyone had whatever kind of arms they want, pistols, rifles, SAM's, RPG's...anything. Thus I predict in a few short weeks humankind will be extinct and no one will have to worry about if they are "coming to get your guns" or "what the founding fathers thought'. And they died happily ever after. The End.

    January 16, 2013 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  4. John N Florida

    More Demagoguery by the experts at subterfuge and propaganda.
    They can't help it. Their Mothers made them drink formula.

    January 16, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  5. Dark tater

    Shut up and sit down Rand you are outnumbered.

    January 16, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  6. Vence

    Give'em hell barry! Tax'em Disarm'em and shut them up.

    January 16, 2013 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  7. Mr. Ryan we were Kings and Queens before your people destreouyed Us!!! npthing is new under theu sun that which has been is now:)!

    Mr. Ryan we were KINGS and QUEENS before your people destroyed is! There is nothing new under the sin that which has been is now!;)

    January 16, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  8. seth

    Rand Paul needs to handle his Family issue first and then speak on national stage. His son was arrested for assaulting flight attendant in North Carolina and for disorderly conduct and this Idiot is talking in national stage.I have no idea how the people of Kentucky elect senators like this. what a waste of space.

    January 16, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  9. n8r0n

    According to the philosophy of Rand Paul, "King" is a fitting term, because he and his libertarian-leaning cronies are all for re-establishing a peasant class.

    No minimum wage, no Medicare or Social Security to keep the elderly out of poverty, no collective bargaining rights to preserve middle class jobs and benefits, no regulations on businesses to keep them from exploiting child labor, or the environment.

    Corporations just get to do whatever they please in Rand's "Kingdom".

    January 16, 2013 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  10. Capone

    "I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over..."

    No, Sen. Paul. That wasn't why we fought the American Revolution. You should take some American history classes. The history of this nation is a very interesting story and best of all, the next time you decide to fit an American historical event into one of your speeches, you'll have your information correct.

    Of course, if you do not have the time to take classes, you could simply read the "Declaration of Independence". It will teach you why we fought the American Revolution in less than 30 minutes.

    January 16, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  11. Dark tater

    Hey "Randster" ...I'm against having people like you in congress!

    January 16, 2013 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  12. Sue H

    To me, the most important issue with gun control is that states use the national background check database registry, which has been established for years, and no more selling guns and ammo over the internet or at gun shows without background check.

    January 16, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  13. prairedoc

    Sen. Paul's "challenge" is grabbing a sound byte at it's finest. Sen. Paul is like so many of the conservatives in GOP and Tea Party. When the surveys show that Americans (among them gun owners) want to see better background checks in all states, close the loop holes in gun purchases through the internet and gun "shows" and eliminating civilian access to high capacity cartridge magazines and clips their "translation" is, "They're coming after our guns!". Apparently neither Sen. Paul nor the NRA understand English or the frustration of the American people.

    January 16, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  14. Former Marine

    Is this guy serious? I am a former Marine and would glady see automatic weapons/assault weapons outlawed in the United States less those set aside for our military and police forces. President Obama is not suggesting ALL weapons be banned, but those which contribute to more deaths involved in offensive action against federal and city protective forces. Of course they have been highlighted in more socially broadcast crimes such as the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, but that one incident while highlighting the problem, should not be the reason. Hunting is on the decline and and even sport use of weapons beyond that are not as popular as they once were. I know the mid and west do not feel that is the case, but it is and that is based on weapon sales and not some skewed statistic. The real question is not whether we have the right to bear arms, but whether we have the need to bear assault weapons? they just do not have a place in everyday life. Not here in the United States.

    January 16, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  15. igor1963

    This country is deeply and dangerously divided. This president don't mind to divide it even more for his political agenda. This must stop.

    January 16, 2013 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  16. J

    well, we can all watch NY's violent crime rate go up now.

    January 16, 2013 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  17. bribarian

    Now we're talking, let's get some military involved as well.

    January 16, 2013 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  18. bruyce12

    Remember that George W. Bush wanted to be the king? He was once called "the emperor without clothes". Also he said, "I'm the decider!". Wake up, GOP!

    January 16, 2013 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  19. Penny Wright

    The son is always less than the father.....

    January 16, 2013 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  20. Oneula

    Are kings elected by the majoirity of the people?

    January 16, 2013 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  21. GOD

    Hahahahahaha! This is sooo amusing! I love reading about all of the temper tantrums republican politicians have been having since Obama was re-elected. Bush Jr. did whatever he wanted with policy for 8 years, with the rank and file talking heads following him in lock-step, no objections. Obama tries to improve access to health care (passed by the legislature and upheld by the SCOTUS, btw) and limit murders and gun violence and it's a monarchy? Please. And I'm an Army veteran and own a rifle that will fall within the scope of this weapons ban, but seriously, after all of the crazy gun violence that has occurred over the past 10 years, I would have less respect for Obama for not doing something.

    January 16, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  22. plain&simple

    Obama the all powerful. Leaps tall buildings in a single bound,faster than a speeding bullet.....he's going to take away everyone's guns ALL of them,rabbits will cheer,so will squirrels and deer. Then he will tell the treasury to pay all of congresses spending,and take all the gold and diamonds his henchmen have collected in taxes and put it in his safe. Then he will light up a Cuban cigar and laughter will be heard all throughout the land.....do I qualify for membership in the tea party yet????. Please do I?

    January 16, 2013 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  23. sanantoniopedro

    It would be interesting to know how much money Senator Paul has received from the NRA. You do understand that politician's opinions are not based on the people they represent, but on the special interests that feed their bank accounts. We are to blame for our nation's situation, because we keep electing them. I really worry for my children's future.

    January 16, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  24. CB

    If he's only going to outlaw assault weapons and high capacity magazines, that doesn't mean there will be a wholesale ban on ALL firearms, so is he really infringing on the second amendment? Besides if you need an assault rifle and high capacity magazines to protect what's yours, you're probably screwed anyways.

    January 16, 2013 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  25. Steve

    Had that been Bush...

    January 16, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
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