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. Fabes

    to begin, 2nd admendment was for protection against negative forces, foreign and domestic. to the person who says rand should think about the children. the US govt (inc Obama) should think about the children that have US drones attacking them or the children in the minivan attacked by US apache in 07 iraq. a US soldier, ethen mccord, had a wounded child (belly wound and glass in the eyes) in his arms who he wanted a medivac for. commanders say it the adults fault for taking children to a battle and stop worrying about the children.
    The US military covered up the footage and audio until wikileaks published it. 2 murder victims were reuters personnel and they weren't terrorists.
    The US govt and military dont care about all children, i guess. seems arab children (or foreign) DO NOT COUNT.

    January 15, 2013 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. Grady

    this is a government of the people, by the people and for the people,,,not the NRA. And the people want gun control.

    January 15, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. fabes

    in addition, current obama supporters do not care about beliefs and only power. if Bush droned like obama and if tried whistleblowers like obama, they would be on the streets like they were when bush was president. how many lies until you work it out? it's not about beliefs, it's about having your team in power. it's power, not beliefs.

    January 15, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Banning guns won't solve the issue of gun violence and getting rid of all the guns won't either. It'll just be something else that comes across the border from Mexico. We ban drugs those still get in all the time just makes the price go up that's all. This is mainly being aimed at assult rifles right? The ones the gov't would fear the people having the most. In the shooting yes a assult rifle was in the car but not used to do the shooting itself so why are they focusing mainly on those? America doesn't need a ban on guns it needs to get back to it's core of everyone working hard and not relying on the government to help them out. When is was frowned upon when able bodies didn't work. This shouldn't be a National gov't thing give it to the States let each one vote for a gun ban, assult rifle ban or no ban and then you can move to whatever places makes you happy.

    January 15, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    sounds like this rand guy is sort of like most of the republican leaders in kentucky – ( sort of racist) LOL- Bush / Reagan then "Dubya" has done this executive order thing a LOT . Oh well, guess we'll have to consider the source ; (Ky) only good thing about it is : all the tourism in the whiskeydistilling / wine making / wineries & etc. – – Oh, I forgot another thing : all the horse racing meadows.

    January 15, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. leftywriteagain

    rebublican party is in shambles! who in there right mind are listening to these obstructive nuts?

    January 15, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  7. Bill

    When did a proposal become a law and a law become an edict or decree? The president is no monarch and I don't think he claimed to be at any point. Gun control is an important issue regardless of anyone's opinion because people are dying in the US. How can we claim to be a source of stability in the world when we're barely stable here at home? Something has to be done to curb gun-related violence and a proposal is just a proposal. It's the framework for a deal on something that should be extremely important to any American who calls himself a patriot, protecting our families. You can do that by simply purchasing security systems. Even your own guns can be used against you, and there will always be the possibility of danger with guns around. But who honestly needs an assault riffle to be able to protect themselves, and I hope to God if you have a gun you could meet any new requirements that are agreed upon. This is important for our future, and I truly hope that the radicals on either side don't get in the way of an important decision here.

    January 15, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  8. The Dude

    Given that Congress has an approval rating of 9%, I say it's about time that Obama started running roughshod over them. Just because a bunch of whiny, self-obsessed, power-mad, right-wing zealots want to make absolutely sure that Sandy Hook style massacres happen on a regular basis does NOT mean that the majority of Americans have to put up with it.

    January 15, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  9. Jess

    This is all a distraction and we all know it. Gun control will not solve the evils of the world. The criminals and evil will still give us the f you while the rest of us try to solve the unsolvable with useless laws and well spoken nonsense. You can not through any executive order control people and their impulses. But I am sure you can tell you friends, neighbors with hand on heart by God I tried. Hurray for you and the government controlled but infallable system. A hollow victory in the end.

    January 15, 2013 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  10. rtrMicky

    I think that you need to check your history Mr Rand. We fought the Revolutionary war over taxation w/o representation not because we had a king. Geesh! And you're a Senator?

    January 15, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. PuzzledInPeoria

    And his father seems so smart. Oh well.

    January 15, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  12. No one

    Speaking of registering the mentally ill...

    January 15, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  13. M

    Dont talk nonsense – got any ideas? – of course not !!!

    January 15, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  14. Skidog

    Rand Paul is an even bigger disgrace than his father...

    January 15, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  15. Brian S.

    I am with Rand Paul on this. There are already 1000's of gun laws on the books. Some new laws aren't going to save one single person. The only thing extremely tough gun regulation and even confiscation does is give the government even more power. Power is the ultimate goal of any central government. All power needs it checks and balances.

    January 15, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  16. Fed UP

    What is he doing in Jerusalem when the country is supposedly falling apart?

    January 15, 2013 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  17. Jim

    We have some really sick, dumb people in DC, less favorable than Lohan?

    January 15, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. xirume

    GOPhers just can't help their radical fundamentalist banter. Obama has issued 40 executive orders, less than any president in the past 100 years and they call him a king, a dictator, a traitor, etc. Bush issued 290 executive orders. I don't recall anyone GOPher or Dem insulting him about it. Vote the right wing radicals OUT !!

    January 16, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  19. Michael

    I support Obama and his view on Gun Control. Period.

    January 16, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  20. 7th Congressional District, Virginia

    Angry Democraps just cannot face facts. So much whining from people who can't afford a gun.

    January 16, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  21. angryoldguy

    Nothing more than more sad demented ramblings from a sad demented little man. And that's just the comments here!

    January 16, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  22. mccainin4

    Ladies and Gentlemen, for your profound entertainment, may I introduce ...

    ... "The Lunatic Fringe"

    January 16, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  23. mountainlady

    The President is using the powers given to him BY LAW to best serve the people of the United States. He is doing his job!! It's called leadership (something the Republicans have forgotten). If the law that gives him these powers offends you.... change it.

    January 16, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  24. Lynn

    Presidents : George W. Bush – 291 Executive Orders
    George H.W. Bush – 165 Executive Orders
    Ronald Reagan signed 380 Executive Orders. Did that make him a dictator? Were any of these presidents accused of trying to be King?
    Rand Paul is simply a racist ignoramus. Again he's shown the non-intelligence of a typical tea-party politician.

    January 16, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  25. Meghan

    I personally support tougher gun control laws, and the President's stance. Of course, I also lived through a childhood where I was intimidated by assault rifles on a regular basis. When someone talks about "wait until they take your freedom away", "they" did. "They" took away my right to safety and peace of mind for years. There's no need for the high capacity magazine other than to terrorize others or to defend yourself against a group (and how often do you need that)? Actually, don't answer. The .00001% chance is more important than real, solid lives.

    January 16, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
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