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. Name

    Does he even realize what he's trying to stop? People like Holmes and Lamba created sadness and brought shame. 12 people died in the Colorado movie shooting, 27 in the Sandy shooting, what caused these deaths, guns and two men who decided to make a horrible choice. The NRA and Rand should be respectful of the people who lost they're family by just putting a stop to this annoying banter regarding unfair treatment.

    January 16, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  2. Brian

    I am glad Obama is taking on this issue. I personally know quite a few people who have bought guns not for the purpose of hunting nor collecting but because they feel they should protect themlves from the public or government. I am more afraid of many of those people rather than a delusional idea of a Hitler style government. Several have concealed carry permits and one of those idiots has a history of erractic and unstable behavoir including depression. Congress is so dysfunctional due to the mind set of those like Paul, and those House republicans that nothing rational can get done. No one is talking about the complete ban of gun ownership – it is called "Responsible" gun ownership. The proposed changes are to protect society not to punish responsible gun owners. Unfortunately there are too many people walking around with untreated mental illness and that is the biggest hurdle to deal with that end of the issue. The access to guns is unprecedented to those who are not only a danger to themslves but those around them.

    January 16, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  3. JOHN

    Of course, this is coming from some tea party nut, who obviously wants the 2nd amendment upheld to include assault rifles and such so more children can be killed. Hey Rand, why don't you explain those rights to the parents of the children who were killed? I am sure they would enjoy listening to your blithering idiocy, like the rest of the NRA's. The President sees a problem and he is trying to stop the killing. Do you NRA morons have a problem with saving children and such???

    January 16, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  4. Jerry

    Rand Paul gives Obamalooney the royal treatment...

    But, but this is not new/news! HE's always wanted to be a King/Emperor. HE's always wanted to rule over HIS people. But, but wait! Isn't HE not doing just that right now?!

    When is América going to wake up from its slumber?! This King/Emperor wannabe is taking our freedoms away, not one at a time; but a bunch at a time!!!

    What's even more unusual is that we have 49% (Obaloney's supporters) dictating over the majority; 51% of the American population!!!

    HELLO América!

    January 16, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  5. fiftyfive55

    This whole fiasco about gun control is nothing less than a government cover-up.Yes,coverup,the government cut most funding for mental health facilities,group homes,etc.,much to the dismay of Americans.Now they want guns taken from people who need them more than ever to protect ourselves against the very people the government has unleashed on us-the mentally challenged.All the recent shootings were not done by sane,reasonable people.

    January 16, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  6. Fred

    When 70% of americans favor sensable gun control and special intrests keep it from happing I give the President credit for taking on the Minority.

    January 16, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  7. Dave

    This was nothing but a political stunt. Trying to cause more confusion. Your right he is not a king but he is THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. That along is bigger than a king. Folks, its a new day. Wake up. You can't keep doing the same old stuff year after year. Truthfully that is exactly the reasons the republicans have not been successful. Lay aside personal interest and think about people as a whole. People like Randy Paul will do anything to climb the latter. The GREAT part is the same way you climbed up is the same way you have to come down. Point being what's for you is for you! Blessing to the USA. #1USA #PEOPLE INTEREST #WORKING TOGETHER #TEAM

    January 16, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  8. larry5

    Just wait for Obama's third term...........

    January 16, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  9. HJ

    How many executive orders did Bush sign? If I'm not mistaken it was close to 300. Don't remember anyone calling him a King. In addition, both Bush and Clinton also used executive orders on gun control. Obama has used the privilege about 140 times so far, less than most presidents in their first term. Only difference between them, you tell me. Doesn't surprise me though that the folks in KY love Rand Paul.

    January 16, 2013 06:37 am at 6:37 am |
  10. Washington Is Out Of Touch with reality

    Be advised, a storm is coming

    January 16, 2013 06:38 am at 6:38 am |
  11. works4me

    I have three guns... no one, but no one needs assault rifles for hunting or home protection. Spend a little on a home alarm system if you're that paranoid, and perhaps a little more time at the range taking target practice instead of just spreading bullets... just make those you have count. Complete background checks should have happened decades ago. I really don't see the issue with this... other than ignorance of the Constitution's Second Amendment and why it was really put in place.

    January 16, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  12. E Schuyler

    Rand Paul has every right to support the gun lobby but his comments about our President are uncalled for just another abuse of President Obama ...not in the worst day has any other president faced such abuse from other elected officials. For those who support Rand Paul ....its a free country and he's free to make comments as he wishes even though the basis is clear.....but this kind of radical behavior is uncalled for and I question the legitimacy of him being in elected office

    January 16, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  13. lensmith

    Rand Paul must be a jerk or just doesn't understand what is happening. The last time we had a King in this country was in the 1700s. What a JERK.

    January 16, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  14. Bay O. Net

    Rand Paul might benefit from watching the film "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." From a single viewing of this film, he would learn that Obama is not a king because "you don't vote for kings." Certainly, not twice. In successive elections. By successive landslides. Rand is just expressing sour grapes about the GOP losing two presidential elections in a row. And he is gearing up to run for President himself in 2016. But Rand will never be President of the United States. He simply is out of touch with mainstream America.

    January 16, 2013 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  15. betterdays

    Rand Paul is correct. However, we have reached the point where president Obama can do anything he likes and the majority of Americans will support it. Doesn't matter what it is. So yes, he might as well just issue royal proclamations for the next four years.

    January 16, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  16. where be daddy?

    goober leader rand paul worships the flag of israel. how funda-mental.

    January 16, 2013 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  17. James C Edgar

    Ahh, Rand Paul. He reminds me of an old saying by George Gobel: The whole world is a tuxedo and I am a pair of brown shoes.
    Since his father was in Washington offering his schtick for so many years, Rand must have grown up in the DC area. I just can't imagine what school he went to. Since he obviously never learned anything maybe his Daddy left him with Mom back in Texas? At any rate, the good people of Kentucky have certainly gotten even for the rest of us ignoring them. Please, please, Kentucky. Take him back. And in the meantime, could someone send him a pair of black shoes?

    January 16, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  18. Carole

    Ron Paul and those who agree with him are stupid jerks. They are using present gun laws for their own political gain. Members of my family are avid hunters and they don't use assault rifles and certainly don't care if a back ground check is done on any of them. My hats off to PRESIDENT OBAMA for taking a stand on this issue. The times has come to face several issues concerning assault guns.

    January 16, 2013 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  19. Clarke

    The NRA is paying Paul to fight tooth and nail. Money is the name of the game, period.

    January 16, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  20. fiftyfive55

    All the gun control rhetoric is to divert our attention away from the fiscal crisis and high taxes we are facing.

    January 16, 2013 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  21. janice2708

    I have no problem with the right of you gun nuts to have your guns. The right to defend yourself, your family, your land,etc. But with that right comes responsibility. And I have a 1 questions. Why is it necessary for you have to have rifles or guns that fire allot of bullets?

    January 16, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  22. Seth

    Time for us all to understand we do need change in our gun control laws. As a person who knows some folks who have lost loved ones to gun violence from Ca to Sandy Hook I truly believe we as a nation need to come together on this issue. Truly no need for assault weapons and if I hear they are used for hunting one more time ... Look, if you truly hunt you get one shot no 30. If you need more than 3 you should not be hunting.

    Get rid of the clips, tax the ammo and make the ammo only available at a state police barracks, where you need to be registered to buy. Not brain surgery. A true collector or gun owner will have no problem with that kind of change.
    If we truly want a gun law, let a group of mothers who have lost husbands, sons and daughters to gun violence put on together.

    Suck it up already and get it done. What's the old saying, A few bad apples ...?,

    January 16, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  23. the wood

    THe words "shall not be infringed" are clear as can be.. Change the constitution if you don't like it... Good luck with that by the way...

    January 16, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  24. Sharon Burress

    I concur completely with Senator Paul. I certainly hope more senators will join him. Obama is out of control!

    January 16, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  25. Steve

    Once again it is a very reasonable request to remove assault weapons and high capacity clips from the general public. Only our military and police should have such weapons. Time and Time again the Responsible Gun Owner has been proven that they can not be trusted with Weapons of Mass Destruction. Case and Point Sandy hook Elementary School.

    January 16, 2013 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
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