Pro-gun critics of US President Barack Obama have expressed outrage over his recent calls and executive orders on gun-control measures with some conservatives going as far as calling for efforts to impeach him, Press TV reports.
The bid comes following Obama’s move earlier this week to sign unprecedented 23 executive orders geared towards containing growing firearm violence in the wake of last month’s elementary school massacre in the northeastern state of Connecticut, where 20 young pupils and six school employees were killed by a lone gunman.
Many conservative politicians and Republican lawmakers that traditionally resist any gun-control measures have blasted Obama’s latest move, comparing the newly reelected Democratic president to likes of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin and once US-backed, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, a development that point to an emerging political divide in Washington and across America over gun laws.
Although any real efforts to impeach Obama appear highly unlikely, the emerging movement supporting the bid stems from a surge of public attention to the US gun debate following last month’s school carnage and the persisting divide in the nation’s Congress on enacting any gun-control legislations.
While leading Republican lawmakers say that they are frustrated over being pushed around by the White House, a number of experts argue that gun control reform should be a part of President Obama’s legacy regardless of the political fallout.
Meanwhile, a group called the “Project of Policy Issues Institute” manages a website that urges for Obama’s impeachment, asking visitors to sign a petition to impeach the US president and to receive updates on the campaign to remove him from office.
This is while US Vice President Joseph Biden vowed in a Thursday address to the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington that the Obama administration would vigorously press its bid to enact more gun-control legislations.
“We’re going to take it to the American people,” he said. “We’re going to go around the country making our case, and we’re going to let the voices, the voices of the American people be heard.”