WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) introduced H.R. 86, the Safe Students Act, which would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, which was introduced by then senator Joseph Biden.
The Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990 made it “unlawful for any individual to knowingly possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.” In 1995, the Supreme Court held the GFSZA unconstitutional, which prompted Congress to amend the bill in 1996. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the amended Act.
The amendment was added in the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 which was enacted September 30, 1996 at the urging of then US Attorney General, Janet Reno. These changes required that the firearm in question “has moved in or otherwise affects interstate commerce.” Virtually every firearm in circulation fits that description, so many believe this was just a semantics game to circumvent a Supreme Court Ruling
Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in 2007, originally introduced the bill that Congressman Thomas Massie is now proposing to repeal the Federal Gun Free School Zone Act.
“Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments,” said Massie. “Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”
There have been 202 school shootings in the United States since the Gun Free School Zones Act was passed in 1990. There hasn’t been one mass shooting in the United States any place, except “gun free zones”.
Representative Massie concluded: “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.”
We don’t send our children to schools without fire extinguishers. Sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers are mandatory for their safety, but only celebrities and politicians get armed guards.
Cosponsors on the bill include: Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), and Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC).
Congressman Massie is Chairman of the Second Amendment Caucus in the 114th Congress.
I am President Barack Obama’s college classmate from Columbia University, Class of ’83. Back in 1981 when my Columbia classmates heard my hero President Ronald Reagan had been shot, they erupted in joy. They celebrated by jumping up and down, cheering, hugging, and giving each other high-fives. They screamed, “YES! Reagan is dead. They got the bastard!” I witnessed it all, first-hand. My radical leftist classmates thought a conservative legend was dead and this was cause for celebration. I remember thinking, “they are celebrating like it’s New Year’s Eve.” Afterall that’s what you do on New Year’s- celebrate!
That memory inspired me to write a column celebrating Obama as we remember 2014 and enter the new year of 2015. Let’s not rehash the bad stuff…the disastrous stuff…the tragic stuff…the decline and perhaps even death of America at the hands of a radical Big Brother tyrant. That’s not the way to celebrate New Year’s. Let’s look at the bright side. You know- the glass is half full.
You might ask “What is the positive side of the Obama presidency?” Well there are a few groups that should celebrate.
For my fellow constitutional and second amendment patriots, Obama is the greatest gun salesman in history. Over 70 million guns have been purchased since Obama took office. This man opens his mouth, reads from the teleprompter, and INSTANTLY Americans are inspired to buy all-time record quantities of guns and ammo. If you’re a fan of the second amendment (or a gun dealer), Obama has been the answer to your prayers.
For my fellow fiscal conservatives and capitalists, Obama is the greatest gold salesman ever. Conservatives love gold. Gold after all is the antidote to a debt crisis and lack of confidence in a reckless or incompetent government. That’s why record sums of gold were bought during the past 6 years. Central bankers worldwide bought more gold in one recent year than in half a century (since 1964). Fiscal conservatives (and gold dealers) rejoice. Obama is a walking billboard for God, guns, and GOLD!
Obama is also the greatest thing to ever happen to print shop owners. While the rest of us are struggling to keep our heads above water, print shop owners can’t keep up with the demand for “Going Out of Business” and “Home For Sale by Bank” signs. And what about all the protest signs funded by communist groups announcing “What Do We Want? DEAD COPS.” Print shop owners Rejoice! You’ve never had it so good.
And then there are “English as a Second Language” teachers. There may be very few good jobs left in Obama’s America, but if you speak both English and Spanish, the sky is the limit. With the border wide open and Obama announcing amnesty for illegals, celebrate if you are a teacher of “English as a Second Language.” You have the most in-demand job in America for decades to come. Unfortunately, demand for prison guards may soon be even more in demand.
Obama is the greatest thing to ever happen to government bureaucrats. The future is bright if your goal is to sit in a windowless office handing out checks for welfare, food stamps, disability and unemployment, while complaining you are overworked and underpaid. With almost 20 percent of all Americans on food stamps alone, there’s enough work for you to last a lifetime…or at least 20 years, until you retire at age 45 and collect an obscene pension for the next 40 to 50 years for not working.
And what about the boom in basements! With Obama and his socialist cabal in control for another two years, basements are the new hip living space for young adults. At this moment 31 percent of all Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 live with their parents. Obama’s high taxes and massive regulations guarantee millions of college graduates will either stay unemployed, or underemployed in low wage jobs, forcing them to live in mommy and daddy’s basement for years to come. Basements are no longer lonely dusty places to store old furniture. In the age of Obama, they are where you store your 30 year-old unemployed children.
Pharmaceutical companies are celebrating. A record 30 million Americans are dependent on anti-depressants. There would be many more, except millions of depressed Americans self-medicate with alcohol. If you sell drugs or booze, give a shout out this New Year’s to Obama, the greatest salesman for your products ever!
And then, of course there are the cop-haters who are celebrating. To think you used to be misunderstood, hated pariahs. Today you are in favor- with Obama praising you for hating cops. He encourages you to protest, loot, burn and act like exactly what you are- idiots who have no interest in getting a job. But, no worry, this New Year’s you can come out of the closet, celebrate, and be openly YOU!
Unfortunately the rest of us are hiding in the closet, because you’re on the streets.
If you’re a radical Muslim terrorist, or just someone who sympathizes with radical Muslims (i.e. a Democrat) – CELEBRATE! Obama is the best thing to ever happened to you. Under Obama, America has become a politically correct shell of its former self. Rest easy. No more “enhanced interrogations.” And if you’re caught, you’ll live like a king at Guantanamo, provided with a Koran, prayer rug, religiously approved food, basketball courts, and expensive lawyers. Then once you are rested up, you’ll be released back to the battlefield, ready to again cut off heads and slaughter women and little children. Obama is the best thing that ever happened to you.
If you’re Fidel and Raul Castro, celebrate Obama. By opening relations and trade, Obama saved Cuba from economic collapse and the certain death of communism. He asked for nothing in return. You get to remain a communist nation, jail your political opposition, steal the people’s income, while enjoying the prosperity that comes from doing business with America’s biggest companies. Celebrate Obama- the savior of communism- as we enter 2015!
Finally we come to Vladamir Putin. He’s celebrating “like it’s 1999” this New Year’s. God handed him “the gift of a lifetime” in the form of Barack Obama. Obama pulled off a miracle for Putin and the Russian people. He made your bankrupt, decaying country look like a world power again. He gave your demoralized military swagger again. Obama managed to do something even Putin couldn’t do- put Mother Russia in the driver’s seat and America in the back seat.
The only question is…is this a coincidence, or was this Obama’s plan all along?
Yes, there’s certainly a lot to celebrate as we enter 2015. Unfortunately, it’s the enemies of America who are doing most of the celebrating.
For the rest of us, it’s two long years until we can celebrate an “Obama-Free America.”
An 11-year-old girl from Oklahoma City shot a man as she was defending her mother and siblings from an attack on September 24th in their mobile home. 25-year-old Leonard Demon Henry, the mother’s ex-boyfriend broke a glass door and proceeded to stab her in the head and neck. Police say the children’s mother was stabbed multiple times.
Five children were inside the home when Henry broke in and began his attack, the victim’s younger daughter found their gun and shot the man twice. Police say one of the children then called 911. Henry was able to run away after being shot, but police caught up to him soon after and arrested him. Both Henry and the victim were taken to a hospital. Police say the man’s condition is serious and woman is stable.
Just last week, the victim had filed a protective order against Henry in Cleveland County, saying that he had abused her children. This piece of paper obviously meant nothing to him and due to his disregard for the law and his ignorance, he would find out what people do when they need to defend themselves. It just so happened to occur courtesy of an 11-year-old who knows how to operate a firearm.
Not all situations are the same obviously with young children and guns are concerned, but with the proper training and guidance, children can effectively and safely learn about firearm responsibility. This brave young girl obviously possessed the intelligence and proper training in order to squarely land two shots to the perpetrator. A good girl with a gun in Oklahoma City triumphs over an bad guy on a mission to kill.
Both the suspect and victim are in the hospital, and expected to recover. The children are now in protective custody.
Anyone who has heard of Netroots Nation most likely already knows that this ‘conference’ is about as far left as one can get. However, it still enrages me when Liberals, who claim to be all about tolerance, make absurd claims such as the one made by Lily Eskelsen Garcia made. According to this Vice President of the National Education Association, all supporters of the Second Amendment are “going to hell.” She goes on to say, “I’m not an ordained minister, I’m not a theologian, but these guys are going to hell.” She must think highly of herself to make such a bold declaration. Garcia then proceeds to say, “We have to make those senators as frightened of us as they are of the gun lobby.” This sounds like a threat to me.
The Education Action Group, a non-profit organization working towards real education reform, countered the statement by saying, “It’s hard to see how supporting the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution could sentence one to an eternity in hell, but maybe in their ultimate wisdom, teachers union leaders know more than we do.”
As a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, an NRA Member, and most importantly a Christian, I certainly know that I am saved by the grace of God. Maybe it is time for far left activists to study the Bible before making horrendous accusations. As well as a ridiculous statement, this was also a blanket statement. Garcia lumped every single supporter of the Second Amendment as heretics. Ironically, most individuals I know are Second Amendment supporters and Bible believing Christians.
This is just one of many examples of the hateful rhetoric that spews from the leftist machine. For individuals to talk about the need for more ‘tolerance,’ yet make statements such as the ones make by Garcia, goes far hypocritical to the realm of insanity. Benjamin Franklin said, “we are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” I suppose Ms. Garcia is a very hard worker.
For more on this story: http://www.examiner.com/article/teachers-union-vice-president-supporters-of-gun-rights-going-to-hell
In order to read the world news and professional commentary in the local paper, I cannot help but peruse the letters of the local small thinkers who have not the slightest clue about the root of freedom in this country. And they couple that complete unawareness of history with their complete willingness to tear the 2nd Amendment away from the Constitution in the name of being a safer and more secure United States.
Here are some quotes from such dizzy writers in just one day’s issue this past week. A purported Ph.D (meaning anybody can apparently get one) proposed in his letter that the National Rifle Association be declared a terrorist organization, adding, “The NRA aids, abets and enables terrorism . . . encourages and empowers the sale and proliferation of terrorist weaponry.”
He further proposed that “the Department of Justice pursue the prosecution of the NRA and its leadership to the full extent of the law under appropriate acts regarding terrorist organizations” and that elected officials who vote anything that hints of pro-NRA be declared “accessories to terrorism, impeached and banned from further public office.” (I assume the absence of Freedom of Speech was the obvious prerequisite for this former student of higher learning).
Well, why not? The good doctor certainly has the right Attorney General for it. And NRA members, sir? I suppose they had best denounce their association for fear of becoming the new political prisoners destined for Obama-nation concentration camps.
After gritting my teeth through that one, there was the letter from Doug the roach. With great authority and no factual basis, his message was simply “Repeal the 2nd Amendment” as it is “no longer applicable to present day society . . . let’s make our country more safe.”
Factually speaking (if I dare), the Commander of Japan’s Pacific fleet stated long ago that the United States had no fear of his forces ever invading the West Coast after routing our Navy at Pearl Harbor. The reason? There would be “a gun behind every blade of grass” on mainland USA.
And that is the very essence of the 2nd Amendment – keeping our country safe from enemies foreign and domestic. And while there existed after December 7, 1941, the understandable paranoia of such a follow-up offensive, even our most treacherous enemy respected the potential militia that lay in wait from within.
That means nothing in the progressive interpretation of American history, and our nation now invites its enemies into our very midst with countless student visas to virtually any Arab candidate, nationalities that have always been the face of terror around the world since Oklahoma City. And a monumentally inane and unqualified Secretary of Homeland Defense all but guarantees a porous national border and easy passage for members of drug cartels, other violent criminals, and countless dregs who have no place to go once across the US/Mexican border.
But liberals do not consider mid-east terrorists and sadistic cartel members the enemy of the State. That is reserved for the National Rifle Association, its law-abiding members, and the predominantly Republican portion of politicians who respect and cherish Constitutional principle – plus the irrefutable fact that adherence to the Founders’ prescription for this society is tried and true and has timelessly gotten it right.
Some on the left, in a more civil tone, (hey, it can happen) lament that the NRA went from a service organization that was once all about gun and hunting safety to a monster special interest hellbent on filling the streets with unchecked firepower. One letter writer reflected on his childhood in the 1950s, near New York City, when his high school had junior and senior Rod and Gun Clubs, and “we all brought our guns to school” to be checked for safety by NRA personnel who were “always available for those club meetings”. Then he regrets some point in time when the NRA abandoned its safety mission to become the left’s political adversary.
Wait a minute! When “we all brought our guns to school”, near none other than New York City? That once home of the Bloomberg 16-ounce maximum soft drink New York City? And he makes the argument that the NRA changed? This guy, innocently and unwittingly, just made the best argument he possibly could for conservative gun owners across the land.
The role of the NRA, as a lobbying giant, is a natural counter to the hate rhetoric and blame put on it and its membership after every mass assault on human life, a phenomenon that comes in knee jerk fashion from leftist groups who loathe guns in general and gun owners in particular. The NRA has never turned away from its staunch support of gun and hunting safety, nor its continued work towards conservation. Throw in its unalterable campaign for maximum prosecution and punishment for any and all who commit any crime whatsoever with a firearm, and you have a correct perception of the organization.
True, aggressive lobbying is a newer hat for the NRA, but I know of no other Amendment where a nation’s certain citizens must contribute regularly to hold on to what should be left alone as a Right of the people. But in reality, it has become necessary, so as to preserve for free Americans the unalienable right to protect and defend themselves against everything from criminal aggression, which liberals never acknowledge, to socialist tyranny, which they forever embrace.
As a gun rights activist and proud member of the NRA, I tend to get angry anytime people try to tread on the Second Amendment. However, a trend I notice lately is particularly infuriating. A slew of Liberal vitriol on Twitter, in response to a 60Minutes episode talking about Sandy Hook the other night really made me realize how bad this trend has gotten. It is the trend of blaming innocent and law-abiding citizens for the acts of psychotic criminals.
I remember one Tweet in particular from the other night. Basically, this individual said F*** the NRA and gun-lovers, etc. I noticed several people saying it was heartbreaking, and then proceeded to mention the NRA, NRA members, and anyone who enjoys the Second Amendment. Why? Because this is the Liberals new way of attacking those who don’t share their views.
Liberals speak out against prejudice all the time, however prejudice can take many forms. I get so irritated when individuals on the left seek to shame gun lovers. Liberals are supposedly against stereotypes, however they use faulty logic and misdirected anger in an attempt to make all Second Amendment supporters look like heartless jerks who don’t care about others. They say that if you don’t support gun control, then you are the problem. They make completely untrue statements about firearms and falsely classify popularly owned semi-automatic rifles as ‘machine guns.’
Gun control is not the solution. It punishes the law-abiding for what criminals do. Though liberals will continue to ignore facts, hopefully enough people have the common sense to recognize that this is another way for the left to divide Americans. We cannot let them.
This is the United States of America. Let’s keep it that way.
Last night President Obama once again pulls a Jim Carrey and talks out of his you know what. Hey Mr. President, stop speaking stupid! While at a fundraiser in San Francisco he again tells his audience that Adam Lanza used a fully automatic weapon to murder 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut. Here are some of his remarks from the White House official transcript:
Now, over the next couple of months, we’ve got a couple of issues: gun control. (Applause.) I just came from Denver, where the issue of gun violence is something that has haunted families for way too long, and it is possible for us to create common-sense gun safety measures that respect the traditions of gun ownership in this country and hunters and sportsmen, but also make sure that we don’t have another 20 children in a classroom gunned down by a semiautomatic weapon — by a fully automatic weapon in that case, sadly.
Now, the President repeatedly seems to spew out whatever he feels his audience will applaud over. Sadly, he continues to not only mislead the American people, but outright lie to them. The Newtown massacre was a tragedy no doubt, but it was due to actions of a mentally unstable young man. Adam Lanza actually used a Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle before taking his own life with a Glock 10 mm handgun. Neither of those are fully automatic, but actually semi-automatic weapons. Obama knows this I’m sure, but calling a gun that may ‘look’ scary a fully automatic actually helps further his agenda. He also realizes that many uninformed Americans will eat up his words and continue to drool over his every move. Mr. President, stop lying to the American people!
Amazing to see this 15 year old girl not only know her stuff, but articulate in a way that leaves anti-gun politicians speechless. Who says that the youth in this country are a lost cause? They aren’t lost, just currently not being listened to. Listen up Republican Party!