REPEAL THE GUN FREE SCHOOL ZONES ACT – PASS H.R. 2613!
URGENT: On July 21, 2011, U.S. Representative Ron Paul introduced H.R. 2613 to repeal the federal Gun Free School Zones Act in order to protect our children. The last major action taken on this bill was in August 2011 when it was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary – and there it has been sitting ever since.
Now is the time to pass this bill, the Citizens Protection Act, before more innocent children become the helpless victims of an evil, cold-blooded killer, who could have been stopped by one legally armed teacher or administrator able to use their Second Amendment rights to keep their students safe!
More than a year ago, a bill was presented to Congress to repeal the “Defense Free” – Gun Free Zones that surround our schools and put our children at risk, but no action was taken despite the warnings and the mass shootings since.
Out of respect for the 20 innocent, helpless children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT, we have remained silent these first sorrowful days. Meanwhile, the Left’s loud cries for gun control began with the initial reports, and are growing more strident and extreme by the moment.
But it is clear we must begin to answer the gun control fanatics who are shamelessly exploiting this tragedy to advance their political agenda. As the gun control and disarmament lobby grows louder, even before the innocent children and educators killed at the hands of a lunatic are laid to rest by their grieving families, common sense Americans have an obligation to respond, to rebut the fantastical nonsense of gun control with facts.
This we must do, to ensure that Congress does not panic and surrender our Second Amendment rights at an emotional time, and foolishly compromise away the one principle – the God-given right of self defense – that can protect our innocent children from such deranged evil as attacked them last week.
The facts are straightforward: gun control fails the innocent. It makes victims where there need be none. Gun control is part of the problem, not part of the solution.
That’s right. Existing laws gun control advocates claimed would prevent such massacres from happening are already on the books… AND FAILED!
That’s right. “Gun free zones” created under the stringent gun control laws we foolishly have already passed make places like schools MORE vulnerable to attack by deranged killers seeking fame in a dramatic, high-publicity crime – not LESS.
America always allowed permit-concealed handguns in schools prior to the ironically named Safe School Zones Act or Gun Free School Zones Act of 1990 (GFSZA). Before the passage of this disastrous bill, there was not a single school mass killing recorded – not one. Most major shootings now occur in so-called Gun Free Zones. Since this 1990 gun ban, more school shootings have occurred than in all the years leading up to the ban; this includes previous years when machine guns were sold at Sears and children were allowed to own guns without federal restrictions.
We changed the laws, and started having public school mass shootings. Clearly, the predator killers seek their victims in legally mandated “gun free zones” because these homicidal maniacs KNOW they can target schools and they will not be met with armed resistance – they can rely on gaining notoriety (fame) with a high death toll.
These deranged killers deliberately seek out places where victims by law can’t defend themselves. If security personnel, administrators and teachers are again able to have permit-concealed handguns, it WILL dissuade these attacks from occurring.
Of course, should a school or other facility with innocent and vulnerable young people become a target, by far the safest course of action is for them to have armed protectors on site.
As gun use expert John Lott has observed, “The amount of time that elapses between when the attack starts and when someone can get to the scene with a gun is very important in determining what the carnage is going to be. The faster you can get somebody [there], the more you can limit it. If you could get the police there in 8 minutes, which would be record time, that still would be an eon for people who are there helplessly having to face the killer by themselves with no protection.”
He believes there is a “very good chance” the Connecticut school shooting could have been averted, if teachers there were permitted to carry concealed handguns. Lott’s landmark book “More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws” is in its 3rd edition, and is a landmark resource on gun and crime data.
Our nation’s leaders need to make use of Lott’s insights. In Newtown, families should be getting ready to celebrate a Merry Christmas together, not mourning the loss of a loved one’s life at the hands of a lunatic. These terrible losses are tragedies that the gun laws currently on the books in Connecticut should have prevented by gun control laws already in place, if only gun control worked, if gun bans actually restricted or diminished the evil conduct of killers – but all the data, all the evidence proves it does not. On the contrary…
Instead, these feel-good laws empower killers and made our children – our loved, cherished and precious children – completely vulnerable to an illegally armed madman in a school where our children should be as safe and secure as they are in their own homes.
It is a fact – the “gun control” that advocates promised would prevent crime and violence actually facilitated this massacre… and with MORE gun control will come MORE mayhem!
As Gun Owners of America wrote last year:
“No one – including politicians, the police, or the individual citizen – can predict where the next deranged serial killer will attack. And yet politicians continue to create ‘criminal safe zones’ such as schools, churches, parks, restaurants that serve alcohol, etc., where the law-abiding are disarmed.
When many people over the age of 40 were growing up, ROTC students would march up-and-down high school campuses with their semi-automatic M1’s – and no one would think anything of it. Shooting clubs on school grounds were also not uncommon.
But within a couple a years of the enactment of the Kohl amendment, two disaffected teenagers walked into Columbine High School secure in the knowledge that they would be the only ones in the school who were armed.
And, of course, Columbine triggered a slew of copycat episodes – laying a mounting string of innocent casualties at the feet of Herb Kohl and his misbegotten legislation.”
Now in Connecticut in a horrific attack, more innocents have been slaughtered – and their murders could have been prevented, if not for the Gun Free School Zones Act.
The original GFSZA legislation was ruled unconstitutional, but Congress simply evaded the Supreme Court with minor changes to this clearly lethal law’s wording, and implemented it. Americans need their Second Amendment rights restored; they need to be re-armed and if that did not deter this insanity, they once again would be able to STOP a crazed assassin dead in his tracks.
The “Citizens Protection Act” is BOTTLED UP IN COMMITTEE – WE MUST COMPEL CONGRESS to vote on it NOW, in this lame duck Congressional Session before any more innocent American lives are lost!
Along with the completely counter-productive federal Gun Free School Zones Act, the state of Connecticut has strict gun-control laws in place, among the strictest in the nation. The shooter broke at least three that we know of at this early point in the investigation.According to reports, Adam Lanza, 20, STOLE his mother Nancy Lanza’s legal firearms, MURDERED her – allegedly shooting her in the head four times while she was sleeping – before driving to the elementary school where he murdered 20 children, six adults and then killed himself leaving hundreds of rounds of ammunition behind when he heard the sirens of armed police on the way.
He didn’t legally enter the school either – he broke into the school through a window to get around its locked door and intercom security system.
MURDER. THEFT. BREAKING AND ENTERING.
Lanza wasn’t a legal gun owner. The Glock pistol, Sig Sauer pistol and Bushmaster rifle he carried to the massacre belonged to his mother. No one knows whether his mother kept her guns locked away in a safe from her disturbed son. As reported by WND, at the least in mere weapons possession Lanza broke the following gun control statutes:
First, Connecticut law requires a person be over 21 to possess a handgun. Lanza was 20.
Second, Connecticut requires a permit to carry a pistol on one’s person, a permit Lanza did not have.
Third, it is unlawful in Connecticut to possess a firearm on public or private elementary or secondary school property, a statute Lanza clearly ignored.
Fourth, with details on the Bushmaster rifle still sketchy, it’s possible Lanza may have violated a Connecticut law banning possession of “assault weapons.”
The anti-gun Left with its confused, inaccurate calls targeting semiautomatic disarmament – against “military-style” pistols and “assault weapons” – is straining to capitalize on this tragedy. They just don’t get, or they are choosing willfully to ignore common sense reason AND all the evidence that those hellbent on MURDER aren’t going to have a second thought about breaking any law, and will do whatever it takes to get their hands on weapons of carnage. In the meanwhile, the rest of us law-abiding, right-minded citizens will have fewer means of self defense!
In reality, OUR children will be more at risk with new gun control measures. Schools – the notorious “defense-free” zones – have become the preferred targets of madmen, typically highly intelligent but socially alienated young men on psychotropic (psychiatric) medications, often enthralled with violent video games who are revealed only after the fact to be mentally ill.
But a lack of logic isn’t stopping the gun-grabbers from riding a tidal wave of emotion into hyper-regulation. Fox News reports notoriously anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has declared “Congress will renew” the 1994 “assault weapons” ban in the session after the holidays.
“I hope and trust that in the next session of Congress there will be sustained and thoughtful debate about America’s gun culture and our responsibility to prevent more loss of life,” said Feinstein, who co-sponsored a 1994 bill that resulted in a 10-year ban (which expired in 2004) on many semiautomatic guns vaguely classified as “assault weapons” that she has vowed to reenact.
As if gun control hadn’t done enough harm!
He’s been advocating for a renewed ban on semiautomatics for months. His administration publicly took up efforts to support the U.N. Gun Treaty within hours of his re-election – and now he has seized this tragic opportunity for a domestic assault on our Second Amendment rights as responsible, lawful gun owners.
“We have been through this too many times,” Obama said in his address to the victims’ families. “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”
Decoded, Obama is saying that for progressives and the gun-control lobby, this is all about politics and using it to their advantage. Never mind what will really save lives, like rescinding the perverse Gun Free School Zones Act that draws killers to our schools like a magnet. Or the fact that nearly every single mass killer in America in recent decades, in some 90+ percent of incidents, has been medicated on psychotropic, brain-chemistry altering drugs when he perpetrated his heinous acts of violence!
If passed, H.R. 2613 WILL give our students and their teachers a fighting chance instead of delivering their lives into the hands of evil.
New York Rep. Mike Rogers told the New York Times that tighter gun control is not the answer but rather we must address the question, “How do we target people with mental illness who use firearms?” After all, mental illness is a common link in all of the modern massacres in our schools and public areas. But the rabid liberals are pushing their anti-gun agenda because their objective is all about control over the American people.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who leads the anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is a disarmament fanatic stridently lobbying the White House and Congress. Former White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago – Murder Capitol of the World – Mayor Rahm Emanuel is calling for a nationwide “assault weapons” ban. This despite the fact his city has the toughest gun control laws in the nation but the most gun violence because now only the criminals have firearms, and guess what – the criminals don’t care if a weapon is legally banned or not.
Despite our grief over the Connecticut tragedy, and the media hysteria, truth must temper emotion. Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, has some telling data. He observes that extensive media coverage leaves the impression that mass killings are on the rise. But in fact, killing sprees rose between the 1960s and the 1990s, and dropped in the 2000s. They peaked in 1929, and the largest murder of school children in the United States was carried out in 1927 by a lunatic armed with EXPLOSIVES – not a gun or even multiple guns.
With the Democrat anti-gun lobby heartlessly exploiting the Connecticut killings for their own political agenda, we must respectfully step into the fray to hold our ground and hold onto our guns as right-minded, law-abiding and responsible gun owners. We are unyielding defenders of our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms because our safety, security and sovereignty rely upon this unalienable right.
Already, Capitol Hill, the Holder Department of Justice and the Obama White House are gearing up for a battle to dismantle our gun rights using our empathy and decency against us. They aren’t even letting law enforcement complete its criminal investigation before throwing their full weight behind intensive restrictions on guns – when in fact, gun control set the stage for this tragedy.
And this is a national tragedy.
This is our “wake-up call” – our elected members of Congress have the power to make it safer for everyone by REPEALING the murderous Gun Free School Zones Act!
Gun free zones KILL. When a shooter went on a rampage earlier this month at an Oregon mall, it was a LEGALLY armed bystander who cut the lunatic’s death-spree short sparing countless lives before first responders arrived. When Palestinian terrorists started attacking Israeli classrooms abroad, ARMED volunteers sacrificed their time to sit in the classrooms and keep watch; the attacks stopped.
Right now, in Great Britain where guns are ILLEGAL, the British government is seeking a ban on “pointed” KITCHEN KNIVES because – despite the ban on private gun ownership – crime is on the rise and kitchen knives are the new weapon of choice!
Our Founding Fathers knew that we needed our firearms for the right of self-defense, to be protected from threats! This includes personal self defense, protection against a tyrannical government, and to defend against aggression from our neighbors and dangers from abroad. That fundamental need to arm for self defense remains the same for all time.
Congress MUST rescind the GFSZA of 1990 and 1995, and reject the Feinstein-Obama gun grab. Unless and until they do, countless other innocent victims, including defenseless children, are made more vulnerable.
The Citizen Protection Act, H.R. 2613 would repeal the federal Gun Free School Zones Act. The bill is bottled up in the House Judiciary Committee, and needs to be passed by both chambers NOW! As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) can bring H.R. 2613 for a vote.
We need to demand this bill pass the House, and then compel the Senate to act in the nation’s common good – and also pass it to be signed into law.
We MUST act today before WE THE PEOPLE are rendered helpless, and our republic surrendered to tyranny – right along with our guns. We are fighting for YOU, for the Constitution, and our Right to Keep and Bear Arms!
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REPEAL THE GUN FREE SCHOOL ZONES ACT – PASS H.R. 2613!
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