Earlier this week, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) warned that he would introduce articles of impeachment against Obama if the president used executive actions to implement gun violence prevention measures. Now, Stockman’s threat is generating a following in the Republican Caucus.
Freshman Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) spoke with Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank, a Florida-based political blog, about a possible impeachment. Radel said he was amenable to the idea, saying that “All options should be on the table, undoubtedly.”
MANJARRES: Congressman Stockman said an interesting thing the other day. I don’t know if you agree with this. Is President Obama making the case for a possible impeachment? […] Like you mentioned, he’s putting out all these executive orders and he’s overstepping his bounds. If he continues this, could that build up to make a case for possible impeachment?
RADEL: All options should be on the table, undoubtedly. It’s one of those times in our history. To be bipartisan for a second, the thing I would stress to Democrats and Republicans. Let’s say you’re a big fan of President Obama and you support everything that he’s doing and you don’t mind these executive orders and you want an executive order to ban guns, to take guns away, to raise the debt ceiling with unlimited amounts of spending or to ignore law. What I would say to Democrats who are friends of President Obama right now is ask yourself, what are you going to do when a Republican gets in that you may not agree with or like very much and begins doing the same thing. We have completely lost our checks and balances in this country.
Despite Radel’s fear-inducing claim, literally no one is proposing an executive order to “ban guns.” The 19 possible executive orders relating to gun safety are measures relating to enforcement of existing gun laws, research into gun violence trends, and sharing of databases. In addition, though Manjarres and Radel insist that the president has been rampantly issuing executive orders and undermining other laws, Obama has actually issued fewer executive orders than any other president in the last century.