By Jared A Favole | Updated January 9, 2013, 3:23 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is considering executive action to prevent gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday, suggesting that gun laws in the U.S. will change even if Congress doesn’t act.
“The president is going to act,” Mr. Biden said while surrounded by Attorney General Eric Holder and gun-safety advocates and victims of gun violence. “I want to make clear that we’re not going to get caught up in the notion that, unless we can do everything, we’re going to do nothing.”
Mr. Biden’s comments come several weeks before he is set to provide Mr. Obama with a range of ideas about how to prevent gun violence. The White House hasn’t settled on what steps Mr. Obama is going to take but it has said the president wants to ban assault weapons and close a loophole in the law that allows people to buy weapons at gun shows without a background check.
Any changes will likely cause a backlash from gun owners and gun-rights advocates. Some gun-rights advocates have said they are open to changing gun laws but powerful gun groups such as the National Rifle Association have opposed them.
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Your Editor notes that Barack Hussein Obama took an oath as President of the United States that he “will to the best of (his) Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” In eleven days from now, he will take that oath again.
Allow me to quote from part of the Constitution President Obama has sworn to preserve, protect and defend:
“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.
Yet, according to Vice President Biden, President Obama will seek ways to not defend the Constitution of the United States, but will seek legislation to infringe upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and if he is unable to persuade the Congress to pass such infringements into law, he will issue executive orders to do so himself.
So, President Obama and Vice President Biden don’t particularly like the provision of the Constitution which states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed? The Constitution provides, in Article V:
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress.
If the President or the Vice President do not believe that the Second Amendment is a good and wise thing, they have every right to propose a constitutional amendment to either alter or completely repeal it. I proposed, two years ago tomorrow, one such Amendment:
- Section 1: The Second Amendment to this Constitution is hereby repealed.
- Section 2: (a) Private ownership of operable firearms is hereby prohibited. The Congress may allow individual, registered collectors to own and possess registered antique firearms, if they are in a permanently disabled condition.
- (b): Neither the government of the United States nor any of the governing subdivisions therein are required to pay compensation for firearms confiscated and destroyed under the provisions of Section 2 (a).
- Section 3: The manufacture, possession, purchase or sale of operable firearms of any type is prohibited within the United States, save for those registered companies manufacturing firearms for the Armed Forces of the United States, or authorized federal, state and local law enforcement agencies certified by the Department of Justice.
- Section 4: The Congress shall have the power to enforce this amendment through the passage of appropriate legislation.
The Amendment I have proposed, or something along similar lines, would be an open, above-board and honest way for the President and the Democrats to do what they believe ought to be done. Yet, for some odd reason, none of the actually serious Democrats have made an actually serious proposal for so amending the Constitution.1 Of course, that odd reason is perfectly obvious and completely clear: they know that such a proposed amendment would never pass the Congress, nor if by some miracle it ever did pass the Congress, would never be ratified by the states. Thus, being unable to achieve their goals honestly, dishonesty is the path that they choose.
With the oath he has taken, and the oath he plans to take again, it is President Obama’s sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States, as our Constitution is written. But, once again, he shall honor his duty in the breach.
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- Sister Toldjah: Biden: Obama Might Use Executive Order to Deal With Guns
- The use of the adjective “serious” excludes the possibility of discussions over beer from that statement. ↩