BELLEVUE, Wash., Jan. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Second Amendment Foundation today launched a national media campaign to fight President Barack Obama's executive action on gun control.
"President Obama is exercising another power grab," said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, "and it is a direct assault against Second Amendment rights."
Critics of the president's executive action, announced Tuesday, have argued that he lacks constitutional authority to impose such mandates, and he cannot nullify the will of Congress, which passed existing statutes governing firearms commerce and licensing requirements for dealers.
"The president has failed to push his gun control agenda through Congress," Gottlieb noted, "so he has decided to try to bypass Capitol Hill, and the Constitution, with executive orders. He has failed at that before and now is the chance for the American people to make sure he fails again.
"The Second Amendment is not up for grabs, nor is it subject to the whims of a president who would turn gun collectors and hobbyists into criminals, use the Social Security Administration to strip gun rights from the nation's senior citizens, or transform the National Instant Check System into a gun registration scheme," he said.
SAF's public education effort includes television and radio messages on Fox News, Newsmax TV and Blaze networks. The ad can be seen on YouTube, and people can join the effort by visiting the SAF website at https://www.saf.org/stopobama/.
"We will educate the public," Gottlieb said, "so people understand the threat that an Obama executive order poses to the Constitution. We intend to take any legal action necessary, including a lawsuit, to stop Obama's unconstitutional actions against gun rights. Nobody elected Barack Obama as emperor, but his actions lately suggests he believes otherwise. If he has forgotten there are three branches of government, we intend to refresh his memory."
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation