Florida President Weighs in on Possible Gun Control Executive Orders

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Dr. Tom Duncan expects Congressional inaction; notes politics of 2016 election.

Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan recently sat down with NBC anchor Ashleigh Walters to discuss the prospects of President Obama handing down executive orders on the controversial domestic policy issue of gun control.

Duncan shared that some in Congress may accuse President Obama of exceeding his authority to act, depending on what he proposes, and that selected executive orders may require funding by Congress, which likely would be denied.

"The Republicans in the House probably won't support such funding, so a Presidential proposal that requires additional funding might be an 'empty' executive order in some ways," said Duncan. He added that President Obama faces opposition not only from Republicans who oppose his suggestions, but also from a number of Senate and House Democrats who in 2014 will be up for re-election in conservative states and districts.

President Duncan also noted Vice President Biden's leadership on the gun control issue for the Obama Administration, and the statements and actions of other high-profile Democrats who are expected to challenge Biden in 2016 for the presidential nomination – such as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

"In some ways, the jockeying that is going on with the current gun control debate is more about which potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 can secure the loyalty of gun control supporters for the next election," said Duncan. "Since Congressional action on gun control is extremely unlikely, all the 'sound and fury' currently around the issue probably has more to do with future electoral politics than it does with present domestic policy."

Appointed Northwood Florida President in July, 2012, Duncan has become recognized as a valued political, economic, and social commentator for CBS, ABC, NBC and FOX television affiliates in the Palm Beach area. From 2007-2009, Duncan was Visiting Professor of Higher Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He served as a senior staff member to Missouri Governor John Ashcroft in education and policy management from 1985-1989, as well as Director of the Missouri Division of Professional Registration from 1989-1992. Prior to his government service, he was an assistant professor of government and public administration at Evangel College (now Evangel University) in Springfield, Missouri from 1980-1984. He later served colleges and universities in California, Arizona, and Ohio in faculty and administrative capacities.

Duncan earned his PhD. in higher education from the University of Arizona in 2005; an M.A. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1979; his B.A. in government from Evangel College in 1975; and a course of study in preparation for Anglican ordination with the Anglican Mission in the Americas. He is an ordained minister with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In addition to his higher education service, Duncan has remained active as a chaplain and pastor in religious communities in California, Arizona, Missouri, and Wisconsin.

To view the WPTV interview please visit: http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/obamas-gun-control-announcement-may-be-controversial#ixzz2IFMVU89y