http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/15/politics/gun-laws-battle/index.html?hpt=hp_c1 This article clearly states that he will call for a ban, but it does not say he will do it by executive order. I don't think he would try that with an executive order, but whenever you say a politician won't do "something that stupid", they go right ahead and do it. Surely he remembers the 1994 mid terms when Dems were thrown out of congress en mass. The NRA says they have added 250K members since the Newtown shooting and they are ready to fight. this will be interesting.