Obama executive actions on gun violence are lawful: Holder

WASHINGTON Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:04pm EST

1 of 2. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, flanked by Houston Mayor Annise Parker (L) and TSA Administrator John Pistole (R), delivers remarks on gun violence to the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in Washington, January 18, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday that President Barack Obama acted within his legal authority when Obama unveiled a set of executive actions to try to reduce gun violence.

The chief U.S. law enforcement official and an Obama appointee, Holder spoke two days after Obama ordered more scientific research into gun violence and other changes.

Some Republicans said Obama was improperly bypassing Congress, and at least one said Obama risked impeachment.

"Not one of the executive orders - contrary to what a few have said - impinges upon anyone's Second Amendment rights or is inconsistent with the historical use of executive power," Holder told a committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors at a Washington hotel.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court guarantees Americans the right to own firearms, with some exceptions.

(Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Jackie Frank)

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MikeyLikesIt wrote:
Well then, since Holder said it was ok then it MUST be above board.

Certainly we can trust the guy that refused to prosecute the Black Panthers during their voter intimidation scandal, or the guy that helped thousands of guns walk un watched pass the Mexican border.

Yep, this guy is a gleaming standard of law and fairness in our country…

Jan 18, 2013 1:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeyLikesIt wrote:
And before I get jumped on by the rabid liberals, I actually agree with most of Obama’s EOs.

Some of them are unrelated to the current problems revolving around gun violence and some are repeats of current laws. But I absolutely agree that we need to focus more on the mental health issues that plague our country.

And cramming pills down a kid’s mouth because he/she is acting up is not the solution. One thing that all of the recent mass shooters have in common is that they were mentally disturbed and were on one form of psychotropic drug or another.

Jan 18, 2013 1:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Just like when Gonzales stated that waterboarding wasn’t torture, and when Ashcroft OK’d the Patriot Acts ability to do no-knocks and wire-tapping beyond FISA. Or when Mukasy upheld the torture ruling and the firings of the regional AG’a, and then famously stated “not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime”, to the American Bar Assoc.

If it was good enough for the Bush WH, why not Obama’s.

Tunnel vision will get you in the end. You either see all of the abuses or none.

Jan 18, 2013 1:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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