Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), a lifelong supporter of the 2nd Amendment with a lifetime “A” rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s proposed executive actions on guns:
“If the executive actions President Obama is proposing are constitutional and will save lives, why has he waited until the final year of his presidency to act? It’s simple: Because they are not legal and they will not work.
“Today’s news isn’t about winning the war against terrorism, improving public safety or getting serious about the mental health crisis in America. It’s a purely political announcement designed to punish and scare the millions of law abiding gun owners the Obama Administration despises. These actions will not hold up in court. They will not stop gun violence. And they will be met with a legislative response because we, conservative Republicans in Congress, do not take kindly to people touching the Bill of Rights.”