To the surprise of no one, conservative responses to Obama's gun proposals have ranged from skeptical to vitriolic
The right-wing has offered a range of reactions to President Obama‚Äôs unveiling of a broad gun control plan ‚Äď including signing 23 executive orders ‚Äď and unsurprisingly, they were unenthusiastic at best.
Speaking on Mike Huckabee‚Äôs radio show, NRA President David Keene accused President Obama of ‚Äúusing our children to pursue an ideological anti-gun agenda,‚ÄĚ arguing to guest host J.D. Hayworth that some of the proposals are just a ‚Äúfig leaf to cover his real agenda, which is to go after guns.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúMake no mistake about it: Overall, this is an anti-gun agenda pushed by an Administration that is a committed anti-gun administration,‚ÄĚ Keene said.
Earlier Wednesday, the NRA‚Äôs executive Vice President called opposition to the proposals the ‚Äúfight of the century,‚ÄĚ adding: ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not about protecting your children. It‚Äôs not about stopping crime. It‚Äôs about banning your guns ‚Ä¶ PERIOD!‚ÄĚ
Other conservative lawmakers argued that Obama‚Äôs proposals would not have stopped the Sandy Hook shootings.
‚ÄúNothing the President is proposing would have stopped the massacre at Sandy Hook,‚ÄĚ Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said in a statement. ‚ÄúPresident Obama is targeting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens instead of seriously addressing the real underlying causes of such violence.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe Vice President‚Äôs committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there,‚ÄĚ said Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas., in a statement.
And, of course, conservatives on Twitter were either dismissive or vitriolic:
As the Washington Post reports, John Boehner has been cagey so far on whether or not he supports the President‚Äôs proposals:
Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), said Tuesday that House committees of jurisdiction will review the president‚Äôs recommendations. ‚ÄúAnd if the Senate passes a bill, we will also take a look at that,‚ÄĚ Steel said.
But some Republicans have vowed to take action to block White House efforts, including impeachment. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., was asked a question about Texas Rep. Steve Stockman‚Äôs threat to file articles of impeachment in an interview with the Shark Tank. ‚ÄúAll options should be on the table,‚ÄĚ Radel replied, the Daily Caller reports.
At the state level, a number of Republicans are pushing bills that would prohibit federal gun laws from being enforced in the state. Republican legislators in Texas, Wyoming and Utah are mulling this type of legislation, in some cases considering making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, R, wrote to his Lieutenant Governor and the state‚Äôs House Speaker asking for legislation to make any ‚ÄĚunconstitutional order‚ÄĚ on gun policy ‚Äúillegal to enforce in Mississippi by state and local law enforcement.‚ÄĚ
And conservative gadfly Larry Klayman, through his right-wing legal group FreedomWatch, filed a lawsuit this week over what he argues were illegal meetings between Joe Biden‚Äôs gun violence task force and lobbyists: ‚ÄúPresident Obama and Vice President Biden have thumbed their nose at the law and instead been holding closed door meetings with special interest lobbyists on both sides of the issue,‚ÄĚ Klayman said in a statement, the Hill reports. ‚ÄúThe American people, whose rights to gun ownership stem from colonial times and are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, are being illegally shut out of the process.‚ÄĚ