Republican members of Alabama’s congressional delegation are denouncing President Joe Biden’s recent executive orders on gun control.
Biden on Thursday unveiled his slate of executive actions, which took the form of four instructions to the Department of Justice and the appointment of gun control activist David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Chipman was an ATF agent for 25 years before joining the Giffords gun control advocacy group as a senior advisor.
“Today President Biden made official what we’ve known for a while: Democrats are set on dismantling the Second Amendment,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks). “From appointing anti-gun enthusiasts to ATF to trying to strip elderly Americans of their gun rights, the undermining of our Constitution by Democrats seems to have no end.”
“President Biden’s executive actions today do two things: appease the far left and infringe upon our Second Amendment right to bear arms,” remarked U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville).
He added, “Extreme gun control legislation isn’t the answer to stopping gun violence. Look at the cities in America with the most severe gun laws and you’ll see that those same cities have the highest violent crime rates in the country.”
“Today at the White House, Joe Biden demonstrated his embarrassingly poor grasp of the Second Amendment and causes of gun violence in America,” said U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville). “Gun owners are overwhelmingly law-abiding, safety conscious citizens who responsibly exercise their Second Amendment Rights. Yet, Biden seeks to bit-by-bit strip us of our rights.”
U.S. Rep Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) said in a statement to Yellowhammer News, “The 2nd Amendment is clear – the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
The freshmen member of Congress derided recent gun control bills pushed by House Democrats and added, “[N]ow President Biden is further trampling the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans with his proposed gun-grabbing executive orders. I’ll continue fighting any attempts by Democrats to strip law-abiding Americans of their constitutional rights.”
A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) told Yellowhammer that the representative “is strongly opposed to these executive orders, which will do nothing to reduce crime and represent an end run around the people’s elected representatives who are unwilling to pass this President’s anti-second amendment agenda.”
UPDATE 5:55 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Barry Moore (AL-02) released a statement, saying, “While a humanitarian crisis of his own making rages on at the southern border, President Biden has made the deeply misguided decision to continue eroding our Constitution through executive orders that will infringe on law-abiding citizens’ rights with the stroke of a pen. This comes from the head of a party that fought Republican efforts to amend H.R. 8 to prevent illegal immigrants from acquiring firearms. The message Biden and the Democrats are sending is clear: the American people come last.”
Henry Thornton is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can contact him by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @HenryThornton95.