Last week, Vice president Joe Biden “guaranteed” Boston Mayor Tom Menino, co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, that there would be massive gun control by the end of January. This statement resulted in a lot of head-scratching.
Given the fact that Congress hasn’t passed a budget since 2009, how could the vice president have made such a promise to Menino and keep a straight face? Maybe he knew something the rest of us didn’t.
On Wednesday, before a gathering of gun advocacy groups, Biden hinted that President Obama may fall back on the vehicle he’s resorted to all too often when he wants something that Congress won’t give him — the executive order.
“The President is going to act, there are executive orders, executive action that can be taken”, Biden said. “We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the Attorney General and all the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action, we believe is required.”
Among those attending the meeting were representative from Arizona for Gun Safety, the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence, the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus and Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
According to a Fox News report, “The vice president will hear from the other side of the gun-control debate Thursday, when the nation’s leading gun lobby meets face to face with his task force in what could be a testy session. The National Rifle Association confirmed to Fox News that the group accepted an invitation to meet with the task force, which is running up against an end-of-the-month deadline to produce a set of proposals.”
On a personal note, the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land,m and as such, is superior to any act of Congress. The same applies to executive orders.
Read more at Fox News.
See the video of Biden’s remarks below.