Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson argued that if President Obama takes executive action on firearms, Congress should “finally stand up” in an interview broadcast on Friday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC.
Carson, after accusing President Obama’s visit to Oregon in the wake of the recent shooting there of being political, was asked if President Obama had a point in saying the shooting should be politicized, and Obama potentially taking executive action to close various “loopholes” and “create higher standards for people to be considered dealers, who would have to then go along with the background checks.”
He responded, “You know, I certainly hope that Congress, the legislative branch, if he does such a thing, will finally stand up, and recognize that there’s a reason we have separation of powers, and checks and balances, and if you sit back and you pretend like you’re the peanut gallery, then the other branches are going to be doing things like that. That’s not appropriate action. This is the United States of America. We have a system for making laws and rules, and it does not include a monarch.”
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