Paul Introduced Pro-Gun Legislation
by Raven Clabough: House
Fails to Pass BULB Act
and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul continues to champion constitutional
rights. His latest endeavor is a bill
that would abolish gun-free zones, ultimately permitting
teachers to carry firearms on school grounds. Predictably, anti-gun
groups are calling the legislation extremist.
CNS News reports,
H.R. 2613, the Citizens Protection Act of 2011, would repeal
the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and remove all federally created
criminal safety zones.
School Zones Act was first enacted as section 1702 of the Crime
Control Act of 1990. The text of the act reads, It shall be
unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm that
has moved in or that otherwise affects interstate or foreign commerce
at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to
believe, is a school zone.
bill will permit individuals, including teachers, to carry firearms
onto high-school and middle-school campuses.
School Zones Act faced adamant opposition from Second Amendment
advocacy groups like Gun Owners of America, which has indicated
its support for Pauls legislation.
a news release from Gun Owners of America, the Gun-Free School Zones
Act protects criminals. The release points to attacks at Columbine,
Virginia Tech, and Fort Hood, all of which are government
facilities where the private possession of firearms was prohibited.
continues, Its time to say NO to criminal safe zones.
And a great place to start is the blatantly unconstitutional Gun-free
School Zones Act.
A number of
pro-gun groups argued
that the shootings at Columbine High School and Platte Canyon, two
high schools in Colorado, necessitated the repeal of the School
Zones Act so that campuses would be safer.
chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear
Arms, said that despite the intentions of the School Zones Act,
it ultimately created target-rich, no-risk environments for
monsters who have no fear of encountering an armed teacher or administrator,
or a legally armed private citizen who might happen to be in the
sort of thing didn't happen before the advent of gun-free school
zone laws," Gottlieb said. "You never saw such an outrage
in the days when high schools typically had rifle teams, and
particularly in the West where it was common in the fall
to find both teachers and students with hunting rifles or shotguns
locked in their cars.
groups, on the other hand, believe Pauls legislation to be
dangerous and extreme.
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