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Republicans Shocked Over Obama's Gun Grab

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Obama lays out his gun-control plan. (AP)

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Thursday, 07 Jan 2016 09:27 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Less than 24 hours after President Obama’s tearful call for tougher regulations on gun ownership and his vow to use executive orders to achieve this goal, conservative Republicans in the House charged that his goal was to score partisan points.

House Republicans who gathered Wednesday afternoon at the monthly “Conversations With Conservatives” forum on Capitol Hill pulled no punches in charging that something other than support for gun control was behind the president’s remarks the day before.

“Any Republican running for president had to be struck by the partisanship of the President’s remarks yesterday,” Rep. Andy Harris told me.

Harris recalled how he asked former Attorney General Eric Holder a few years before about background checks conducted on roughly 10,000 people who purchase guns. Of more than 700 who lied on the gun application forms, he said, “13 were found guilty and 12 had their investigations pending.”

“If the president wants background checks to work,” said Harris, “then he should prosecute people who lie on background forms.”

Regarding the president’s language on gun ownership the day before, Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama recalled how when people attack him for his support of the Second Amendment, he calls the attacks “compliments.”

“The No. 1 cause of gun violence is the president of the United States not securing the border,” said Brooks, adding that this permits people who are committing crimes with guns to come into the country and to turf wars between rival gang members. “And why do so many people resort to criminal activity? Because they can’t obtain good-paying jobs.”

Instead of attacking opponents of gun control, Brooks said, he could “remove illegal aliens who are here and let people legally make a living.”

Freshman Rep. Dave Brat from Virginia agreed that there is “a new anger and a new anxiety” in the U.S., and that it is “sweeping the middle class. The president feels the answer is to increase the scope of the federal government. For that to occur, it would be better if he wasn’t demonizing his opponents on the gun issue.”

Brat said that “by demonizing the other side, President Obama is undercutting his vision of a big federal government that brings people together.”

“The President is trying to stir up people [on the gun issue],” said Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico.

But Pearce quickly pointed out that he represents a district that is only 34 percent Republican and that for every one Republicans he represents, there are two Democrats.

“And there is anger among the people but it is because they fear they won’t be able to protect themselves [if Obama’s idea of gun control is realized],” he said. “So there is discontent among Republicans and Democrats.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.
 

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Less than 24 hours after President Obama’s tearful call for tougher regulations on gun ownership and his vow to use executive orders to achieve this goal, conservative Republicans in the House charged that his goal was to score partisan points.
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