Westmoreland Braces For Executive Order On Gun Control
Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland on Tuesday would not go as far as backing Texas Republican Steve Stockman, who threatened Monday that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama, if he institutes gun control measures with an executive order.
“I’m sure (Stockman) will back it up. Those Texas boys are tough and… in fact, they don’t really know they’re not an independent country right now,” Westmoreland joked. “If (Obama) tries to have this passed by executive order (that idea of filing articles of impeachment) is probably something that will be looked at by a lot of people.”
Westmoreland maintains that more intensive back-ground checks and bans on assault weapons are not going to stop the issues of concern.
“The gun control issue—how these people get their hands on guns, even if you made the toughest background check ever—to where you checked out their momma and daddy… and hospital stays… if they want to get a gun, they are going to get a gun,” Westmoreland contends. “If you look at the 1994 assault ban, it didn’t solve the problem. And on top of that—this is the 2nd amendment.”
Westmoreland goes after the perception that the US would easily arm other countries but make it difficult for US citizens’ defense at home.
“We are arming people in Libya and Syria that we don’t know. We’re probably arming people that belong to Al Quada. We’re probably arming the group that killed our ambassador. They don’t go through a background check—we just send them the weapons and any kind of large magazines that go with the gun,” he says. “But, yet we are saying we don’t want our citizens to have the ability to buy these same weapons.”
President Obama is expected to unveil a sweeping set of gun-control proposals today, including an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on the number of bullets magazines can hold.
The announcement is also expected to include a slate of up to 19 executive actions that the Obama administration can take on its own to attempt to limit gun violence.