Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Obama’s new executive
actions on guns during a Senate hearing Wednesday, as a top Republican put
her department "on notice" about infringing on constitutional rights.
“This subcommittee will have no part in undermining the Constitution and
the rights that it protects," Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., top Republican
on the Senate Appropriations panel that held the hearing, told Lynch.
Lynch testified before the panel as the president's recently announced
measures to expand background checks kick up an election-year fight over
gun rights. GOP presidential candidates and lawmakers have condemned the
president's move as an overreach of executive powers.
Shelby almost immediately questioned the administration’s legal
justification for moving ahead on its own and bypassing Congress.
“It is clear to me that the American people are fearful that President
Obama is eager to strip them of their Second Amendment rights,” Shelby,
who is up for re-election in November, said. “Let me be clear: the Second
Amendment is not a suggestion. It is an individual right protected in the
Bill of Rights that has been recognized by the Supreme Court.”
But Lynch called the moves "well-reasoned measures, well within existing
legal authorities, built on work that's already underway."
"I have complete confidence that the common-sense steps announced by the
president are lawful," Lynch said.
Obama's actions include new guidance on who the government will consider
"in the business" of selling firearms -- a phrase used to describe which
dealers must obtain federal licenses and conduct background checks on
buyers. Even those selling a few guns online or at gun shows can be
required to get licenses and perform background checks, the administration
Other steps include hiring 230 more FBI examiners so more background
checks can be run; 200 additional agents for the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; federal research on gun safety
technology and a request for $500 million to improve mental health
Lynch said Obama's 2017 budget, to be released in February, will seek $80
million for his gun proposals, largely for the additional FBI and ATF
GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have said they would
repeal Obama's orders if elected, while Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, another
contender, called them unconstitutional. House Republicans said they will
create a task force to study "executive overreach" by Obama and other
Most Democrats have supported Obama's actions.
"I'm fighting to give the Justice Department the tools they need to
protect families and communities from gun violence," said Maryland Sen.
Barbara Mikulski, top Democrat on the Appropriations panel.
Gun violence has grown anew as a political issue as mass shootings
continue to rip through America. Obama failed to push gun curbs through
Congress in the months following the 2012 killings of 20 children and six
educators in Newtown, Connecticut, and the GOP-led House and Senate remain
opposed to restricting firearms.
As Obama has conceded, Lynch told the senators she has "no illusions that
these measures by themselves will end gun violence in America." She said
she hoped Congress would work with the administration on the issue.
Government statistics show that over 30,000 Americans die from firearms
yearly, two-thirds of which are suicides.
Obama increased total debt from $10 trillion to $19 trillion in the six
years he has been in office, and sold out heterosexuals for Hollywood
queer liberal democrat donors.
Barack Obama, reelected by the dumbest voters in the history of the United
States of America. The only American president to deliberately import a
lethal infectious disease from Africa, Ebola.
Loretta Fuddy, killed after she "verified" Obama's phony birth
Nancy Pelosi, Democrat criminal, accessory before and after the fact to
improper vetting of Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama, a confirmed
felon using SSAN 042-68-4425, belonging to a dead man.
Obama ignored the brutal killing of an American diplomat in Benghazi, then
relieved American military officers who attempted to prevent said murder
in order to cover up his own ineptitude.
Obama continues his muslim goal of disarming America while ObamaCare
increases insurance premiums 300% and leaves millions without health care.
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