After Obama finished announcing 23 executive orders aimed at guns on Jan. 16, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rep. Tim HuelsKamp (R-Kas.), and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus lined up to criticize what they saw as a straightforward assault on liberty.
Rubio, for his part, promised he will “oppose the president’s attempt to undermine Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms.” And Huelskamp criticized what he sees as Obama’s “consolidation of power” and overall “disdain” for the Second Amendment.
Priebus also focused on what he saw as “power grab” which did nothing to reduce the chances for a repeat of the kind of gun violence we saw on Dec. 14.
Added Priebus: “[The President] paid lip service to our fundamental constitutional rights, but took actions that disregard the 2nd Amendment and the legislative process.”
While these and other GOPers were quick to voice their disgust with Obama’s overreach, notably missing was any strong opposition from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). Boehner’s office would only say the House will “review the recommendations.”