“The White House’s recent announcement they will use executive orders and executive actions to infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms is an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic,” Stockman said via a statement, according to TPM. “I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment.”
TPM adds that a “South Carolina Republican congressman said any executive order about guns smacks of ‘tyranny,’ and noted, “Stockman joined those ranks Monday, issuing his impeachment threat with the image of flag from the Texas revolution favored by gun rights supporters for its image of a cannon and the words ‘come and take it.’”
Like many in the doomsday prepper end of the gun rights community, Stockman sees the possession of firearms as the only protection against a rogue government. He called the talk of executive order “an existential threat to this nation.”
“The President’s actions are not just an attack on the Constitution and a violation of his sworn oath of office – they are a direct attack on Americans that place all of us in danger,” Stockman said in the statement. “If the President is allowed to suspend constitutional rights on his own personal whims, our free republic has effectively ceased to exist.”
Rep. Stockman was just re-elected to the House after leaving government for 16 years.
A Houston Chronicle article reminds that “Stockman’s two years in Congress were marked by weirdness, such as an article in Guns & Ammomagazine that appeared under his byline in which he suggested the then-new Clinton administration raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco on April 19, 1993, to justify a ban on assault weapons.
Stockman decided not to vote for John Boehner (R-OH) for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He was one of just ten Republicans to not vote for Boehner: Justin Amash, Steve Pearce, Jim Bridenstine, Ted Yoho, Paul Broun, Louie Gohmert, Walter Jones, Thomas Massie, Tim Huelskamp, Mick Mulvaney, and Raúl Labrador.
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