What Your Oklahoma Congressmen Are Saying About Obama's Gun Control Plan
Oklahoma's congressional delegation had varied reactions to President Barack Obama's proposals for gun control.
The president signed 23 executive orders intended to decrease gun violence across America. He also presented a set of law-making priorities he'd like to see Congress pass.
Oklahoma's newest U.S. representatives expressed concern about the new executive orders.
"President Obama ought not use executive orders to erode civil liberties," said District 1 Congressman Jim Bridenstine. "I will make every effort to preclude such efforts and stand firm for the 2nd Amendment."
His spokesperson added that he would make further comments once he'd had a chance to review the President's proposals.
Fellow freshman representative Markwayne Mullin of District 2 talked about how the orders could infringe on the right's of Oklahomans.
"In Oklahoma there are many law abiding citizens who hunt, fish and keep guns for self-protection," he said. "The last thing we need to do infringe upon the rights of those citizens. Criminals who chose to break the law will not be deterred by any number of executive actions. These rights are a fundamental way of life for people in my District and across the United States."
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U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe shared their concerns.
"I will adamantly oppose any executive order that I believe infringes upon duly enacted laws by the Congress or on our Constitutional rights," he said. "Where I do disagree with the President is on his recommendations for laws Congress should pass. We know from experience that an assault weapons ban will have no meaningful effect on gun violence, as many of the changes that are implemented by a such a ban are cosmetic in nature. Statistics demonstrate that a ban on particular weapons will not significantly decrease crime. Such a ban will, however, significantly decrease our rights guaranteed by the Constitution."
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Many political analysts thought Senator Tom Coburn would be the largest obstacle to passing gun control. The senator has had a history of using filibuster to block legislation. He addressed these concerns, gave the President credit for trying to tackle the issue, and said he looks forward to debate.
"Some have asked whether I will try to block or filibuster this debate because of my support of the Second Amendment. My goal is the opposite. I believe Congress has a responsibility to review all of our laws and make adjustments as necessary in a transparent, open and deliberative manner. I would welcome the opportunity to debate these issues on the floor of the Senate, and would encourage Majority Leader Reid to schedule a full and open debate."