President Obama was still speaking about his new executive actions to curtail gun violence when Republicans — both in Congress and on the campaign trail — began bashing them.
But his announcement was cheered by one important Democrat — Hillary Clinton, who suggested that she’d work to expand on them if elected president:
Thank you, @POTUS, for taking a crucial step forward on gun violence. Our next president has to build on that progress—not rip it away. -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 5, 2016
The gist of the GOP criticism was predictable, with GOP lawmakers clinging fiercely to the Second Amendment while attacking Obama’s decision to bypass them and take unilateral action.
Here’s what some GOP presidential candidates had to say about it:
Another lawless, unconstitutional overreach. The 2nd Amendment is an individual right. Mr. President, how about enforcing the laws we have?
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) January 5, 2016
Pres. Obama has told us to trust him on gun rights – just like "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor". https://t.co/uOrHqK1e0S
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) January 5, 2016
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 5, 2016
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) January 5, 2016
Some congressional Republicans also made a lot of noise bashing the proposals:
— Rep. Trent Franks (@RepTrentFranks) January 5, 2016
— Charles Boustany (@RepBoustany) January 5, 2016
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) January 5, 2016
The President is wrong to target our constitutionally protected #2A rights. The American people won’t stand for unilateral executive action.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) January 4, 2016
But Democrats are celebrating the moment:
This is a remarkable fact. You gotta stare at it a while and consider the implications. pic.twitter.com/dX86SrNtDw
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) January 5, 2016
— Rosa DeLauro (@rosadelauro) January 5, 2016
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 5, 2016
The Post’s David Nakamura tweeted some photos from the East Room, where Obama made his announcement:
Former Ariz Rep Gabby Giffords, with cane, enters East Room for Obama's gun control remarks, gets standing ovation. pic.twitter.com/qBpfadQb0T
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) January 5, 2016