Under the federal GFSZA it is “unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.”
Massie’s bill would put an end to gun-free zones at public schools across the nation. Why are gun-free zones a problem? Well, in the past seven years, approximately 92 percent of mass shootings have occurred in gun-free zones, as The Blaze reported.
“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.”
The Safe Students Act is endorsed by the National Association for Gun Rights, Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association and is cosponsored by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX).
The first iteration of the Safe Students Act was introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) in 2007. Obviously, with president Obama taking office in 2008, it didn’t really stand a chance its first time up at the plate.
“A bigger federal government can’t solve this problem. Weapons bans and gun-free zones are unconstitutional,” continued Massie. “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.”
What it comes down to is a simple choice: either we can continue with the same failed policy and hope for different results or we can acknowledge the reality that gun-free zones have the opposite effect of their desired intent. They make it easier for criminals and killers — not harder.
As economist John Lott, author of “The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies,” wrote in The Columbus Dispatch,“Would you feel safer posting a sign announcing your home is a gun-free zone? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, to criminals, gun-free zones look like easy targets. So why do we display these signs in public places?”
We’ll keep an eye on this bill as it makes it’s way through the legislative process.