Gun control orders usurp constitutional process

Steve King
State Senator Steve King, District 7

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

 “If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or the modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular way wrong, let it be corrected by amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this in one instance may be an instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”

“A free people ought to be armed.”

So, are these the thoughts of a far right, pro-gun, tea party crackpot? A kooky gun zealot? No he was a war hero, statesman and man who would have gladly sacrificed his life for our constitutional republic. This was a man who, later in his life and ever since, has been known as the “father of our country,” the first president of the United States, George Washington. In his own words, Washington warned us that if the meaning of the Bill of Rights was to be changed and also the protections they offer, it must be the people themselves who make those changes according to the process established in Article V of the Constitution.

What President Barack Obama has done with his 23 executive orders on gun control is an illegitimate use and abuse of executive power and a usurpation of Article V and congressional authority. The president is destroying the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people by fiat.

Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story presented a good argument as to why the president’s actions are an act of tyranny: “There can be no freedom where there is no safety to property or personal rights. Whenever legislation (or executive orders) … breaks in upon personal liberty or compels a surrender of personal privileges, upon any pretext, plausible or otherwise, it matters little whether it be the act of many or the few, of the solitary despot or the assembled multitude; it is still in its essence tyranny.

It matters still less what are the causes of the change; rather urged on by a spirit of innovation, popular delusion or state necessity (as it is falsely called), it is still power, irresponsible power, against right.” 

It’s been said the first law of nature is every creature’s right to self-defense. The movement by this president to disarm innocent, law-abiding citizens is an affront to the laws of nature, our founding fathers and our Constitution.

This president should immediately rescind his 23 executive orders and then take appropriate legislative action, in the proper and constitutionally prescribed manner provided for changing our laws, if that is his objective. If he fails to do so, members of Congress should uphold their oath of office and begin the process for the impeachment of the president of the United States.