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. Lizard Lance

    I don't know for sure, but I bet one is not allowed to carry a gun into Rand Paul's senate office, either in Washington or in Kentucky. Does that make Rand a "king"? Let's keep it real. Rand Paul isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. He's the one who said that the Supreme Court did not have the final say on the Constitutionality of "Obamacare." He obviously didn't do well in school, and his contituents must have done worse since they elected him.

    January 16, 2013 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  2. GloSeattle

    Dude's a sandwich short of a picnic

    January 16, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  3. retief1954

    He's either "leading from behind", or "wants to act like a king". Which is it, Rand, you little twit?

    January 16, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  4. jOE

    The NRA will be defeated !

    January 16, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  5. Zil Zerimar

    Rand Paul wants to be a fool.

    January 16, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  6. Lady

    Obama thinks he is a man-god and wishes to be the next Hitler as he lines up 'sheep' to slaughter. Let the demos be the first in line. Every time someone stands up to him the demos come out like bees with their stings in gear

    January 16, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  7. retief1954

    One more time. He's either "leading from behind", or he "wants to act like a monarch". Which is it, Rand, you little twit? You are a silly, unserious man.

    January 16, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  8. derpa

    who elected these wackos? ah he is from a state that doesnt matter.
    course Dictator bush and Dictator Cheney were ok.... their war(S) paid with tax cuts caused a great depression...
    wah wah wah the dark man saved us from the gop's idiocy

    January 16, 2013 02:28 am at 2:28 am |
  9. Dave in Arizona

    So pretty much his entire political career is as a Tea Party "libertarian" of the 112th Congress–the worst rated Congress in American history–and we're suppose to care what he has to say?

    All signs point to him being part of the problem, not the solution.

    January 16, 2013 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  10. Frank31

    Last I looked, just about nobody respected Rand Paul and his puerile ideology.

    January 16, 2013 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  11. Georgie

    Wow!, ...It's going to be fun watching These GOP/Tea Party fools get voted out of office! Disgusting!

    January 16, 2013 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  12. Dark tater

    So by your reality where Obama is King Randy, you'd be a traitor only fit for the gallows. Hey guess what ...a lot of people say you and the other tea-boys are traitors and only fit for the gallows. Amazing how that reality works out to be so similar.

    January 16, 2013 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  13. Jimmy Joe Jim Bob

    Rand Paul is not one of my four fathers.

    January 16, 2013 02:41 am at 2:41 am |
  14. Logic N LA

    Executive order is the right of a president under the law. He would not need it if we had bi-partisan discussion in Congress. Mr Paul- you want to live in the 18th century- move to a 5th world country. There might be a lost tribe out there backwards enough for you, but I doubt that.
    And for a man with a very good education, you know the 2nd Amendment only grants the right to possess guns and was designed for defense of the states since we did not have a national army at the time.What it does not grant is the right to uncontrolled gun rights or a means to kill in mass.

    January 16, 2013 02:47 am at 2:47 am |
  15. Carmelle

    Obama is Jesus, Rand Paul. You'll be kissing his ring very soon. Lolol

    January 16, 2013 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  16. Rob

    Ever since losing the election, the GOP have been threatening to "turn it up" and fight this president tooth and nail, etc. how exactly would this differ from the last four years of record obstructionism? It's a completely empty threat because they can't do any worse than they've already done for almost half a decade. Unless they think they can go even more extreme and intransigent, which would actually destroy the party in mainstream politics.

    January 16, 2013 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  17. Chris

    Those of you who don't know your history will be doomed to repeat it..Yes, I'm talking about you anti-gun liberals.

    January 16, 2013 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  18. Chuck

    Funny. My first reaction upon seeing this page was "Oh, it's not a real Senator. It's just Rand Paul."

    January 16, 2013 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  19. potrzebie

    King?! I thought he was a socialist. No wait, a communist. I mean a fascist. Do they even have kings in Kenya? I thought they had overlords or something. I wish these guys would make up their minds. Also, have we figured out whether he's a radical Christian or a Muslim> I can't keep this stuff straight.

    January 16, 2013 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  20. regan flint

    How many times did BUSH use executive orders? Did the far right complain then.?

    January 16, 2013 03:34 am at 3:34 am |

    The intent of the 2nd Amendment is to protect citizens from a corrupt government. I do not own a gun. I would like to find a meaningful solution to gun violence. However, I'm not willing to give up our rights to protect ourselves from our government (which gets more corrupt every year.). I truly believe the increase in violence is a direct result of poor leadership by those in government. Those in government have fostered an environment of depression and dispare. That's the true issue. That's why these massacres are occurring.

    January 16, 2013 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  22. Squincher

    The apple fell far....very, very far from the tree. His old man, Ron Paul, is a visionary with bold new ideas and a refreshing honesty, rare in DC circles.

    Junior over here is just another empty suit....

    January 16, 2013 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  23. myway

    Perhaps it takes a royal decree to straighten out the gun issue. If so, it's worth it.

    January 16, 2013 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  24. MooseDaddy

    Seriously? 2nd amendment put in place for keeping slaves in line? Do you know anything about history? It was meant to keep citizens armed as militia against enemies foreign or domestic including tyrannical government. Just research the founding fathers instead of spouting lunacy.

    January 16, 2013 04:06 am at 4:06 am |
  25. User-301

    King Obama? That has a nice ring to it, Kind of flows off the tongue in a nice smooth tone. You Gun Nuts get ready because your first wave is about to come.

    January 16, 2013 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
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