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Trey Radel: Impeachment ‘On the Table’ for Obama's Executive Orders on Guns

January 16, 2013 - 6:00pm

Freshman U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers, included the possibility of impeachment proceedings if President Obama overreaches in issuing proposed executive orders on gun control.

In an interview from his Washington, D.C., office with The Shark Tank, Radel became the second GOP freshman lawmaker to broach the idea, saying all options should be on the table, undoubtedly, when asked if impeachment was an option as the president released a list of potential executive orders intended to stem mass gun violence.

"The Congress needs to hold the president accountable for the decisions hes making right now, and that's why, again, I would say that all options should be on the table.

Radel cautioned that everyone needs to remove their partisan blinders when reviewing the presidents actions.

The thing I would stress to Democrats and Republicans, lets say youre a big fan of President Obama right now. Ask yourself, what are you going to do when a Republican gets in that you may not agree with or like very much and does the very same thing? Radel posed.

We have completely lost our checks and balances in this country. The Congress needs to hold the president accountable for the decisions hes making right now and thats why, again, I say all options should be on the table.

Radels comments follow a statement released Monday by Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, who called the president's potential executive action on gun control "an existential threat to this nation."

"The White Houses recent announcement that 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 stated in a release.

"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."

On Wednesday, President Obama released a lengthy list of proposals he would undertake as executive actions he contends will help stem future mass gun violence, while pushing Congress to pass gun control laws.

The 23 executive actions proposed per the White House:

1. "Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system."

2. "Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system."

3. "Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system."

4. "Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."

5. "Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun."

6. "Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers."

7. "Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign."

8. "Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission)."

9. "Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations."

10. "Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement."

11. "Nominate an ATF director."

12. "Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations."

13. "Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime."

14. "Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence."

15. "Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies."

16. "Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes."

17. "Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities."

18. "Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers."

19. "Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education."

20. "Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover."

21. "Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. "Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations."

23. "Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health."

Reach Jim Turner at or at (772) 215-9889.

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