VOL. 17 ISSUE NO. 34   |   AUGUST 24 - 30, 2011

AUGUST 24, 2011

Ron Paul introduces bill to repeal Gun-Free Schools Zones Act of 1990

‘The risk that we're especially concerned over right now is the lone wolf terrorist …’

WASHINGTON – Last month, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, introduced HR 2613, the Citizens Protection Act of 2011, which would completely repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990.

ron paulIt is currently a federal felony for any person to travel armed on public sidewalks, roads, or highways which pass within 1,000 feet of any K-12 school’s property line. The vast number of schools in urban areas has turned some cities into giant gun-free zones.

With the 10th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in American history coming up, President Obama announced the government is in a heightened state of awareness.

During a recent CNN interview, Obama said “The biggest concern we have right now is not the launching of a major terrorist operation, although that risk is always there. The risk that we're especially concerned over right now is the lone wolf terrorist, somebody with a single weapon being able to carry out wide-scale massacres of the sort that we saw in Norway recently.”

obamaWhile stating, “You know, when you've got one person who is deranged or driven by a hateful ideology, they can do a lot of damage, and it's a lot harder to trace those lone wolf operators,” Obama fails to acknowledge those often targeted by such deranged persons.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), which is encouraging support of Paul’s bill to repeal the GFSZA, says gun-free zones are really victim disarmament zones and points out the tragic consequences when adults are precluded from carrying a firearm that could be used to protect students from danger.

According to CCRKBA, there have been 95 shootings at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and college campuses, including Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Heritage High School, Fort Gibson Middle School and Red Lake Senior High, since the GFSZA was passed.

Banning guns on school grounds didn’t stop any of the shooters from opening fire. In fact we’ve experienced a dramatic surge in school shootings since the GFSZA was passed.
Calling itself “the common sense gun lobby,” CCRKBA’s mission is dedicated to protecting firearms rights through educating grass roots activists, the public, the legislature and the media, states, “Our programs are designed to help all Americans understand the importance of the Second Amendment and its role in keeping Americans free.”

In encouraging people to contact Congress in support of the Citizens Protection Act, CCRKBA stated, “When we drop our children off at the bus stop we usually don’t think that is the last time we are ever going to see them again. Unfortunately it could. The fact is; schools are sitting targets for violent maniacs,” the very same maniacs Obama claims is “able to carry out wide-scale massacres of the sort that we saw in Norway recently,” which, again, was against defenseless children.

The bill, which currently has no co-sponsors, has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. The full text of the bill can be read here.

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