Gun Control Executive Ordersby Representative Earl L. "Buddy" Carter
Posted on 2016-01-08
CARTER of Georgia asked and was given permission to address the
House for 1 minute.)
Mr. CARTER of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of every
American's Second Amendment rights.
The recent announcement by President Obama to unilaterally enact gun control laws once again shows his complete lack of leadership and a complete disregard for Americans' fundamental rights. The President should be working with Congress to enact legislation, not creating executive orders because things don't work out his way.
The fact is that the President's executive actions would not have prevented a single mass shooting over the past several years. One of the main underlying causes of many of these shootings was mental illness, and I will be the first to agree that we should dedicate efforts to address mental illness in this country.
However, directing millions of dollars in new investment for mental health care is not the role of the President. That is the role for Congress.
If our Founding Fathers wanted to restrict the right to bear arms, they would have written it into our Constitution. If our Founding Fathers wanted an executive fiat government, they would have created one.
I call on my colleagues, both Democrats and Republicans, to stand up for this institution and protect what our Founding Fathers fought and died for: a Republic elected by the people, for the people; a country that is not controlled by one man, but by many.