Calling For Obama To Ban Assault Weapons Via Executive Order At The Huffington Post?

by John Hawkins | July 23, 2012 2:33 am

Is there anyone on the Left who actually cares about the law anymore or is the Left fine with a President asserting dictatorial powers as long as he’s a liberal? Judging by this: column at the Huffington Post[1]: by Robert David Jaffee, it’s the latter.

President Obama has said that he would rather be a good one-term president, than a mediocre two-term one. If he really means that then, in the wake of the massacre in Aurora, Colo. that has left at least 12 dead and 58 wounded, why doesn’t President Obama issue an executive order banning assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines?

…President Obama, sophisticated man that he is, knows that, and he also knows that if we are ever to end these massacres, he is going to have to issue an executive order banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines.

Barack Obama is not “El Presidente.” He’s not “Dear Leader.” He’s not a dictator.

Under the current law of the United States, assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines are perfectly legal. Barack Obama has no more power to change that without the House and Senate going along with him than he does to give work permits to illegal aliens or, for that matter, than Mitt Romney would have to ban abortion or union participation in elections via executive order.

Going outside the rule of law as Jaffee suggests here to give the President dictatorial powers he clearly doesn’t possess under the Constitution is extremely dangerous to the health of our republic. Even liberals should know better.

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