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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Tipton statement on Obama’s Overreaching Gun Control Action

January 5, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement in response to the President’s overreaching executive orders on guns. In December, the Washington Post’s fact checker confirmed that none of the gun control legislation proposed up to that point—the basis for much of the President’s executive orders—would have prevented recent mass shootings (the Post looked back to shootings that occurred since 2012).

“The President’s overreaching proposals to restrict the Second Amendment for law-abiding citizens have already been debated and rejected by the Senate. Yet the President is playing politics rather than working with Congress to advance solutions. These executive orders, like many of the President’s previous such actions, will be challenged and likely defeated in the courts.

“This is President Obama’s legacy. It is marked by a complete unwillingness to work with the people’s representatives within the scope of the Constitution to identify and advance solutions to address the nation’s challenges. Instead, he has chosen time and again to ignore the limitations on the Constitutional authority of the Executive Branch, fostering the most divisive political climate in memory, creating a deep mistrust of government by the American people, and leading to countless successful legal challenges to his actions.”