Freshman Republicans Steve Stockman (Texas) and Tom Massie (Ky.) each introduced bills to repeal the “gun-free” designation for school campuses on the first day of Congress.
“By disarming qualified citizens and officials in schools we have created a dangerous situation for our children. In the 22 years before enactment of ‘gun free school zones’ there were two mass school shootings. In the 22 years since enactment of ‘gun free schools’ there have been 10 mass school shootings. Not only has the bill utterly failed to protect our children it appears to have placed them in danger,” said Stockman, formerly a one-term congressman in the 1990s.
“A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem. Weapons bans and gun free zones are unconstitutional,” Massie said. “They do not and cannot prevent criminals or the mentally ill from committing acts of violence. But they often prevent victims of such violence from protecting themselves.”
An idea whose time has come. Let’s hope the Republicans get on board with this.
How many more kids will have to push desks at their killers [Columbine] or huddle in a corner until killed [Sandy Hook]?
Allow people to choose whether to protect themselves. That’s real “empowerment.”