WSIL – As President Barack Obama decides if he wants to take an executive action to create stricter gun control, Republican U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Collinsville said it is a bad idea.
Shimkus said this idea of an executive action is not a good idea. He said it is likely illegal, regardless of what exactly is signed.
“Well, we don’t really know what he intends to propose. We Republican Conservatives have always had a concern about the president doing extra constitutional measures. In other words, unconstitutional measures, which he deems he has the authority by executive order and we will watch that very closely,” Shimkus said on Monday. “We believe, I believe, that the constitution is pretty clear, that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. So, we will see if he's --- has an attempt to infringe the citizen’s constitutional right.”
Whatever is proposed, Shimkus said it will probably be challenged in court, and not just because it has to do with the Second Amendment. Republicans are questioning the legality of the process of an executive action.
“We question even the president’s executive authority that he’s done in many areas already,” he said.
And regardless of whether or not Obama’s action will be legal, or even what the action will entail, Republican Donald Trump said if he wins the presidency he will “unsign” it.
“I will veto that, I will unsign that so fast, so fast,” he told supporters in Mississippi on Saturday.
And Shimkus said Trump is not alone.
“Presidential candidate Trump is probably not alone in that....My guess is most Republican candidates will have that same answer,” he said.
And on the opposite side, Democrat Hillary Clinton is all in on stricter gun laws.
While in Iowa on Monday, she said anyone who is too dangerous to fly is too dangerous to buy a gun. She wants anyone on the no fly list to be prohibited from purchasing or owning firearms, something Shimkus laughed off.
“No, that’s a red herring,” Shimkus said. “That, this no-fly list which has been used by liberal Democrats to make some gun control argument where there are numerous people who for, through no fault of their own, end up on this no-fly [list]."
He said even some elected officials have shown up on that list at times.
"In fact, there’s a member of congress and some state legislature members who have been on that list due to no harm of their own and then you would deprive them of their constitutional right. So, I’d be careful in using that no fly list as a debating point in gun control.”
Obama will hold a nationally televised town hall meeting in Fairfax, Virginia on Thursday to discuss the issue of stricter gun control. The meeting is at 7 p.m. Central Time and will be hosted by CNN’s reporter, Anderson Cooper.