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. Namemaryjones@yahoo.com

    Think of the debt ceiling expiring. On feburary 15.2013 what about social security and our arm. Forces being paid the house and the senate get paid no matter what but what about the families need social security to live off of what about the child who depends on ssi what do you do put the kids out on the streets like common beggers what kind of country is this

    January 15, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. Chris24

    Miller vs. The United States = Miller won in that any firearm the military uses American citizens can use. I'm not talking about tanks and rocket launchers, firearms... and the "evil black 'assault' rifle" is the same. they get it = WE get it.

    January 15, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. Carl

    The stupidity of the Left is amazing!

    January 15, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  4. Floyd from Illinois

    I remember when American politicians – even Republicans – would refrain from badmouthing the country or the President while overseas. Paul must never have heard that little bit of graceful behavior.

    At the ssame time, one would expect a US Senator to understand a Presidential privelege dating back to George Washington and used by every President since then.

    Paul is a joke, just one more reason to hold that Kentucky, not Texas, ought to get the boot.

    January 15, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  5. basedonfact

    The fewest executive orders since FDR including Reagan and both Bush's and they think he wants to be king? What are they smoking?

    January 15, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Chris

    Man it bugs me when people I really don't care for are absolutely right

    January 15, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. Terry Henry

    If Congress cannot get anything done, maybe it is time for the president to take action himself! I do believe it is his job to try and make the United States a better place, at least he is doing something!! Someone needs to step up and take charge. Congress is not accomplishing much of anything.

    January 15, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. DocHollywood

    Said Mr. Paul, "You understand that I'm running for president in 2016, so I have to start my pandering early. Next week I'll touch on the president's unlawful Kenyan citizenship, and the week after we'll discuss the death panels in the AHCA. If that doesn't rile up my base, I'll have to go for the tried and true "black" issues of welfare and gang violence. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go have my monthly meet and greet with the NRA or I won't get my "contributions" from them."

    January 15, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  9. Dana

    People like Paul seem to fantasize about a revolution; they are delusional – it is pure ignorance and madness. They'd better tone it down a notch before they stir violence beyond their control.

    January 15, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  10. Paul

    President Obama, do what you need to do, and what this country needs for you to do.

    January 15, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  11. lizzytalorburton

    Obama give it up acting like a spoiled child ALL THE TIME - GOTTA GET YOUR WAY, You care nothing about the American people - just what you want is all you care about. All the money you spend on yourself, even the inauguration, that money could be spent on all the problems we have here because of you. King Obama, you could never be a King, and not even a real President, just a miserable spoiled juvenile.

    January 15, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    I canT STAND THE SIGHT of that man in the White House

    January 15, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  13. John

    I support Rand Paul. The Dems will forever loose my vote if Obama crams this through. FOREVER.

    January 15, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. DENNA

    The Republicans are clearly trying to become obsolete.

    January 15, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  15. Name Blue guy red state

    The real threat to freedom is not legislation prohibiting the mentally ill and criminals from legally buying guns, it is our inability to protect our children in their schools, homes, and playgrounds. If we say semiautomatic weapons are needed by the general population for protection against a government that MAY threaten their families, then where should the line be drawn? Should I also be able to purchase a F-17 fighter jet? Drone? Nuclear warhead? The only KNOWN threat is that which has occurred already- Newton, VA Tech, Columbine. Sadly, there's more than I can write. This is a debate between a PERCEIVED threat, and a PROVEN threat. If you haven't visited a country where guns are prohibited, I encourage you to do so. Go to Barbados, walk down the street at night, and experience true freedom. Try the flying fish too!

    January 15, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  16. marty

    I think that Rand Paul read only one book in his lifetime. He is also a prime reason for the need to psychologically evaluate candidates for political office in the House and the Senate.

    January 15, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  17. lgipe

    Paul is a Libertarian, he doesn't want government at all. He should go into the private sector and make his money.

    January 15, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  18. Dan Johnson

    So as near as I can tell, the right wing crowd only wants the President to propose things they agree with. If not, he's trying to overthrow the country.

    And why do I have this vision of all these old, overweight guys surrounded by their tricked out AR-15s freaking out in the fear that they won't be able to 'go tactical' on someones ass when the discussion of guns is brought up?

    January 15, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. Hoffman

    He read his father's racist newsletter way too often.

    January 15, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  20. FatSean

    Ah yes. Born-rich white guy from the South who wants to end Civil Rights Act is name-calling.

    January 15, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  21. jsp

    Where'd you vacation Sen. Paul? Were you even here during the shooting?

    January 15, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  22. Denise

    WOW! I see some people calling Rand Paul a racist simply because he has chosen to stand in defense of the 2nd Amendment. Someone else has seen fit to claim the 2nd Amendment was written to keep slaves in line. Seems to me, people need a true U.S. History class. Here is EXACTLY what the 2nd Amendment states: Amendment II

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    Each and every person in each state IS the militia. We have the right to keep and bear arms to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government just like the one Obama is forming now! Wake up! Whether you are for or against gun control, the voice of the people can only be heard in the halls of Congress. With each and every executive order by ANY president, the voice of the people is silenced. Wake up! Speak up! Don't let your voice be silenced!!!

    January 15, 2013 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  23. forbugmenot

    It is getting pretty obvious that Obama cannot lead. He must act like a dictator. That is what he is doing with his executive orders. This will result in massive protests and his ouster by the people. Obama is acting just like Assad and Mubarak. Obama's legacy maybe to be the first US President to ask for asylum in another country.

    January 15, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. Joey

    All you people hating on Rand are what's wrong with this country...just a bunch of Obama zombies. Rand has been fighting against both parties when it comes to the NDAA, the Patriot Act, the lame fiscal cliff deal. No wonder our country is going down the dumps the idiots have become the majority!

    January 15, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  25. AmericanSam

    If Obama is a king for using his position to legally produce change on the issue of gun control, what is Rand Paul for opposing things like restricting access to assault weapons and making sure mentally ill people can't get guns? A poopyhead? Yeah, he's a poopyhead.

    January 15, 2013 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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