CNN's Carol Costello urged Rush Limbaugh and the Drudge Report to refrain from jumping to conclusions about President Obama's plans for gun control on Thursday.
Vice President Joe Biden suggested on Wednesday that Obama could take executive action on gun control. Rush Limbaugh took that to mean that the government wanted to take people's guns away. Meanwhile, the Drudge Report also reacted to the announcement with the headline “WHITE HOUSE THREATENS ‘EXECUTIVE ORDERS’ ON GUNS,” accompanied by pictures of Stalin and Hitler.
"Let's step back from the edge, shall we? For just a second," Costello said on Thursday. She described two past executive orders: George W. Bush's ban on the shipment on some assault weapons, except those for sporting purposes, and Bill Clinton's ban on additional types of assault weapons.
"It’s not likely President Obama would impose a total ban on assault weapons and he simply cannot overturn the Second Amendment," Costello said. "Executive orders are meant to execute existing laws."
Biden will deliver his recommendations for gun policy on Tuesday. Obama pressed for policy changes in the wake of the Newtown shooting in December, and tasked Biden with leading a gun violence task force to create those proposals.