Should we expect anything less from the "don't let a good crisis go to waste" administration than for them to stoop to using and exploiting not only the shooting at Newtown, Connecticut, but also children? Barack Obama will unveil his sweeping gun control proposals around noon on Wednesday which will include "assault weapons ban, universal background checks and limits on the number of bullets that ammunition clips can hold," according to sources familiar with his plans, surrounded by children from around the country who wrote to the White House following the tragedy.
The Washington Post reports,
The White House has invited key lawmakers as well as gun-control advocates to appear at Wednesday’s policy rollout, according to two officials who have been invited to the event.
Joining Obama and Vice President Biden for the announcement will be children from across the country who wrote Obama letters after last month’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Carney said.
Carney declined to provide details on the administration’s gun proposals, and he acknowledged that there are “limits” to what Obama can achieve through executive action alone.
Fox News reports that the proposals that Obama will put forth could total 19 measures:
President Obama is weighing as many as 19 different gun control measures that he could take without congressional approval, as he prepares to unveil a comprehensive plan on Wednesday to address gun violence amid claims from Republicans that he's overstepping his bounds.
It's unclear how many of the 19 options the president would eventually take up. Those options could include more aggressively enforcing existing gun laws, beefing up national research on guns and ordering stricter action against people who lie on gun sale background checks.
They could include ordering tougher penalties for gun-trafficking offenses and ordering federal agencies to make data on gun crimes more readily available.
While Obama has called his proposals those that "make sense," he has scolded Republicans telling them to "examine their own conscience."
Some Republicans are appearing to cave on the Second Amendment, but there is at least one who is vowing to seek Obama's impeachment if he seeks to take action via executive order. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) said that Obama's plan to implement administrative controls was "an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic."
"I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including, but not limited to, eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment," Stockman said.
Interestingly, while Vice President Joe Biden turned in his proposals on time, the White House can't seem to get its act together enough to meet its legal deadline for presenting a budget for the fourth time. I suppose we see where this administration's priorities are.