Newly elected Rep. Thomas Massie — from Kentucky’s 4th District stretching from Northern Kentucky to east Louisville — has started off his first term in grand style. He helped derail House Speaker John Boehner’s “Plan B” in December, was one of nine Republicans to vote against Boehner for speaker, and today he voted against the relief bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
But Massie’s… uh, boldest move so far is the first bill that he has filed in Congress. You see, the solution to gun violence in schools is so simple: Eliminate gun-free school zones so that more people can play volunteer sheriff in your neighborhood’s school:
U.S. Rep. Tom Massie, the congressman who represents the Kentucky side of the Cincinnati metropolitan area, used his first day in Congress to file a bill that would erase a 23-year-old federal ban that makes it a crime to carry guns near schools.
At the moment, Massie does not have any co-sponsors signed up. Details are sparse because the government printing office says it does not yet have the full text of the measure to put online.
The existing Gun-Free School Act of 1990, which was adopted when former president George H.W. Bush, a Republican, was in the White House is viewable here. The bill was amended in 1995. As late as 1999, the National Rifle Association (NRA) was testifying in support of the measure, a position it seems to have dropped after the Sandy Hook massacre.
What could possibly go wrong, eh?