Thomas Massie: End Federal Gun Ban in Schools!

The Federal gun ban is unconstitutional and makes students easy targets for shooters.

One of Ron Paul’s heroic attempts to liberate the American people seven years ago has been revived! Rare reports, “Thomas Massie introduces bill to repeal law banning guns in schools.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) introduced “the Safe Students Act” last week to repeal “the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.”

“Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” Massie said in a statement. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”

“A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem. Weapons bans and gun-free zones are unconstitutional. 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,” he added.

Just so we’re clear, guns have been at school for years. Here is a picture of a high school girls’ rifle club in 1922. I found it at Wikipedia. These young ladies attended Central High in Washington, DC.

rifle team

If you go to the website for the Lyons Township High School District 204, you can find this image on their history page.

rifle club

In 1890, the original courses of study were revised to add Manual Training. The manual training classes included Bench Work, Drawing, Wood Carving, Wood Tuning and others.

In December of 1955, the Rifle Club became one of the largest clubs at LT with a total of 175 members.

I find it ironic that this is a township in Illinois. What happened in that state?

[See also, “Oh No! Missouri Permits Guns in School!]

There is simply no justification for the 1990 law. If you believe in “gun free zones” there is no reason in the world why the state governments can’t impose them. Not only does it make more sense to allow more local governments to decide on the best regulations, it also follows the dictates of the Constitution. Furthermore, Congress needs to spend more time reading fewer laws, rather than micromanaging state issues with their limited time and mental capacity.

I have to admit, there is a pleasant irony in all this. After the horrific tragedy of Sandy Hook, Liberals were salivating about how they could capitalize on this horror to get new gun control measures passed. But I think there has been more pushback. Rather than a country with stricter gun laws we may become a country that actually follows the Constitution in this area. The gun control campaign has backfired.