President Obama recently unveiled plans to use his executive power to enact stricter gun control laws and was immediately met with criticism from the Republican presidential candidates.
Donald Trump vowed to veto any executive order established by Obama to limit gun control the second he takes office, saying “I will veto that. I will un-sign that so fast.”
The outspoken front-runner was not the only one to chime in on the potential gun control order, with Jeb Bush and Chris Christie voicing their disapproval of Obama’s decision as well. Christie even compared Obama to a child, saying “The president is a petulant child. Whenever he doesn’t get what he wants…this president acts like a king.”
Although Bush admitted to not having a problem with keeping guns away from criminals, he says he worries about Obama’s executive order being too far-reaching in scope. Bush told FOX News Sunday, “This president has a pattern of taking away rights of citizens.”
But the presidential candidates weren’t the only political figures taking jabs at Obama’s plan. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed Obama’s plan to limit or restrict firearms being sold at gun shows without background checks. He told Meet the Press, “You’re never going to stop bad guys from getting guns with background checks at gun shows.”
The National Rifle Association also jumped in the fight, calling Obama’s executive order a “political stunt”.
Obama previously tried to get gun control legislation passed through Congress after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, however he was unsuccessful. Months ago, Obama instructed his team to look at different options for what action he could take on gun control, and over the weekend announced he will meet with the Attorney General early this week.