Pelosi Threatens 'National Emergency' For Gun Control When Dems Take White House

The Speaker of the House warned Democrats could declare gun control national emergency when they win the White House.

Washington, DC – The Democratic Speaker of the House said on Thursday that if President Donald Trump used a national emergency declaration for a border wall, Democrats would retaliate with a gun control national emergency when they retook the White House.

"A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well," U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said. "So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans."

Pelosi argued that the real national emergency is gun control, not border security, according to The Hill.

Her remarks fell on the first anniversary of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where 17 students and staff were gunned down by a former student.

"Let's talk about today: The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America," Pelosi said. "That's a national emergency. Why don't you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would.”

"But a Democratic president can do that,” she added.

The Speaker said she didn’t support any President using national emergencies to advance pet projects, but rather, issued a warning of retaliation.

"I'm not advocating for any president doing an end-run around Congress," Pelosi said. "I'm just saying that the Republicans should have some dismay about the door that they are opening, the threshold they are crossing."

Threats aside, President Trump announced Friday morning that he would declare a National Emergency on the southern border, using his executive powers to fund the construction of a wall, FOX News reported.

“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border… one way or the other, we have to do it,” the President said during a press conference in the Rose Garden.

President Trump signed a funding package on Thursday night that gave only $1.4 billion for border security, FOX News reported.

Numerous Democratic states’ attorneys general have announced their intention to file legal challenges to President Trump’s declaration, but Pelosi has not confirmed that move.

"We will review our options, and I'm not prepared to give any preference to any one of them right now," she said.

But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) said Democrats would make a legal challenge.

"We think the President would be on very weak legal ground to proceed on this, and I'm sure that if he chose to do that, that we would test it in the courts," Hoyer said. "And you've heard a lot of Republicans express a similar sentiment."

Scholars of presidential powers have said that there’s nothing Congress can do procedurally to stop President Trump, NPR reported.

"Congress chose not to put any substantial — or really any — barriers on the President's ability to declare a national emergency," Elizabeth Goitein, co-director of the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security Program, told NPR.

"So if he can really just sign his name to a piece of paper, whether it is a real emergency or not, that creates a state of emergency that gives him access to these special powers that are contained in more than 100 different provisions of law that Congress has passed over the years,” Goitein explained.

Congress last tried to fix their lack of control over national emergency powers after Watergate, NPR reported.

The National Emergencies Act of 1976 requires not only that the president formally declare a national emergency, but also that he or she cite the specific statutory authority they sought to use.

Under the 1976 reform legislation, an emergency declaration lapses after one year unless the President formally renews it, according to NPR.

The bill also set it up so that Congress could end a national emergency with a majority vote of both houses and without the President’s approval.

But in 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court said the veto-free arrangement was unconstitutional, and Congress had to change it, NPR reported.

So the act was revised to a joint resolution signed by the President.

Now if the President vetoes a joint resolution to end a national emergency, Congress needs a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override and end the national emergency, NPR reported.

Comments (60)
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Radimer
Radimer

Ha ha she just made it possible for there never being a Democratic President again.

JDmp
JDmp

The emergency here is not gun control. It is a mental health emergency. It is a family emergency. These people need medical help. They would kill with or without firearms. The fact we lack socialization and families are so disconected fron eachother children grow up not knowing how to handle stress and adversity or feel there is some where to go for help. What develops is these individuals we see on TV.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Hopefully, she and Schumer will not be in politics when the Dems are back in the White House (which I hope will not happen for a long, long time). Of course, we do have young Congress idiots running around.

BruthaV
BruthaV

"Pelosi Threatens 'National Emergency' For Gun Control When Dems Take White House." And thus will commence the Second American Civil War.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Pelosi, Schumer and the Democratic Socialist party is a national emergency!!!!

cspcapt
cspcapt

does she has armed guards? case closed

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

If Nancy Pelosi becomes President, then I think there will be better federal gun control laws and policemen all over the country will be considerably safer. Every night when they say grace after safely getting home for dinner, they will probably thank President Pelosi if they realize that she made them safer.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Piss Poor Pelosi , "Bride of Chucky" Schumer , Kool Kid Kamala, No Clue AOCortez, Mad Max Maxine, Corey Spartacus Boogers, Weekend at Bernies, Court Jester Ruthie Ginsburg, Al "I Owe Taxes" Sharpton, Jesse JJ Jackson, and Louis "Con job" Farrakhan ......will all be soon dead. Ok, well maybe 8 out of 11. Last train to Geezerville ....All aboard!!

Guitarplayer
Guitarplayer

When she tries to take our guns there will be the biggest civil war she's ever seen , this Democratic party are a bunch of anti-Christ delusional communist that are against freedom , our Leo's and everything else that's right in this country, anyone that votes them in are idiots

Sonny43
Sonny43

"To achieve world government, it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, loyalty to family traditions, national patriotism, and religious dogmas." - Brock Adams, former Director UN Health Organization

wmc50
wmc50

Threatening to overturn or usurp the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is simply brilliant on her part. Sarcasm intended. Doing such a thing will likely lead to a serious Constitutional crisis in the streets of America, not just in courtrooms across the country.
Congress will need to man up and change the Constitution in order to pull that off.
Once they start down that road, all Hell is going to break loose across the land.

wmc50
wmc50

New World Order according to Obama. Not here Brother. Not here.

bob95648
bob95648

The tree of liberty must occasionally be watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Is updating the constitution to more modern standards really so wrong????

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Let them keep talking. Every single time a Democrat opens their mouths and spews this crap the American Patriots become stronger. They look like fools already with their support for AOC's "new green deal" now we can add this to their terrorist treats against the American people.

Mic911
Mic911

The Dumbocrats must get voted in first!

K9ndn
K9ndn

Good luck taking our guns you twichen bitch!

NickyJ
NickyJ

Does this mean her body guards won’t have guns

tfort
tfort

I was afraid this would happen..... once that door is opened you will see all kinds of orders walk through it.

At least she doesn't support anyone using this order.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

That national emergency better be for the gangs, criminals, traffickers guns not the American Citizens guns. If it for the American Citizens guns this is just a playground ploy to do only because of Trump's actual emergency for the wall to keep out the drug & human traffickers, rapist, murders, terrorists, gang members and those with illnesses that will effect Americans. These are the ones that cross the border illegally the most and also try to enter with those who want to enter legally. It's been documented that the majority coming to the Boarder fall into the negative categories we don't want in America. It's a real shame that the Democratic Party and liberals don't care about the Safety and Security of the American Citizens. For decades they've been all talk and no action on the security of our Southern Boarder. Over 2 years of fighting Trump to be the one to back his campaign promise that they never did for our Safety and Security goes to show that the Democratic Party's word means nothing. There owning up to Obama's demand of putting the party 1st before the People.

FGJ63
FGJ63

This is why we need to still work hard for Trump 2020! Plus even concentrate on taking back the house in 2020, and keeping the senate with I think 23 republican seats up for re-election. And I know this is a lot on the plate to work on. But this ex-democrat is going to do his part. I'm one of the old good democrats. That voted for good Democrats to work for the people! Now the Democrat Party has changed, and I will say it. It's been taken over, and changed to a Democrat Socialist Communist Party! If the Democrat party can ever get back to basic's I might go back. Because there are still some good Democrats. But there's some good Republicans too, so for now I'm good as a Independent with more conservative views!

Cops kid
Cops kid

Build the wall, make sure she's on the other side of it ! Or better yet under it with CHUCKY,

qazwiz
qazwiz

Wall don't create a National Emergency, especially not a wall designed to end a national emergency

b1rd
b1rd

Well,,, looks like the writing is on the wall.

Bhagler
Bhagler

You take a person's guns.....yeah, there's gonna be a national emergency.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Nancy Pelosi and those like her are a National Emergency and her very thoughts and veiled as well as not so veiled threats to the American people are a threat to civil liberty, civil unrest, civil war, unconstitutional, and just not very smart....but after all, she is a democrat isn't she now.....

FilthyRich1999
FilthyRich1999

Politicians like Pelosi will start a war.

Blackwolf1
Blackwolf1

WHY DO THESE DUMBASS GOVERNMENT FUCKTARDS KEEP FORGETTING, THEY WORK FOR US, WE DONT WORK FOR THEM.

FrogHill
FrogHill

I am damn near to the point of wanting the commiecrats to win everything and declare firearms illegal, then issue an order for every gun owner to "Turn them in or else" Screw it "Shit Show II" is going to happen in the history of this country and may as well get the ball rolling while I am still coherent and can crack a smile

OldVet
OldVet

will never happen Pelosi

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Someone should explain to that dumb ass Pelosi that the 2nd amendment to the constitution of the United States is not a national emergency.

firenw
firenw

They can try, I’ll just follow my constitutional rights..

LPD133
LPD133

Does it make people like her feel superior to want to let what is mostly garbage from other countries in? I just don't get it. Take one look at the countries they are leaving and you will see the future of the US in 20 years if she has her way. She also needs to read the Constitution and recognize the 2nd Amendment is not something she or her crazy friends will be able to override with a presidential order. If that was the case, I'm sure the last president would have done it.

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Thanks to those who chose NOT TO VOTE in midterms we have this nut in office. People better wake up n vote these demonrats out of office..otherwise God help us all

Wolfspiritky
Wolfspiritky

This bitch really DOES WANT TO START ANOTHER CIVIL WAR!

parrot
parrot

she's an idiot.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Blackwolf1 said"WHY DO THESE DUMBASS GOVERNMENT FTARDS KEEP FORGETTING, THEY WORK FOR US, WE DONT WORK FOR THEM."

Well ...they seem to get away with quite a bit ...and they realize that they don't have real solutions to offer other than "anti Trump" and Socialism both of which don't really resonate well with mainstream USA......so they keep going left thinking they can attract more illegal immigrants and bi coastal leftist democrats to bolster their own Dem numbers. Their priorities are nothing other than maintaining what power they have.....not even the Illegal aliens they attract. You likely notice that most of the ideas offered (The Green Deal is latest) are not well thought out and at times illogical ...but it sounds good and for those ignorant public who look to have someone else to blame for their failures and shortcomings then these ideas sound attractive. Its about maintaining their power base, nothing else.