Rep. Thomas Massie Proposes Repealing Gun-Free School Zone Act

By Melanie Arter | February 26, 2018 | 1:08pm EST
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) (Screenshot)

( – Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that the majority of mass public shootings take place in gun-free zones like schools. To this end, he has proposed legislation repealing the Gun-Free School Zone Act on 1990, which makes it illegal for someone to bring a gun on school grounds.

Massie said the solution to school shootings is putting more than one armed guard at school or allowing teachers to be armed, adding that “98 percent of mass public shootings happen in a gun free zone.”

“And we’ve labeled all of our schools as gun free zones. We need to take those labels off, and put our kids in that two percent category of being safe, instead of being in that 98 percent vulnerable category,” he said.

Massie said his bill, the Safe Students Act (H.R. 34), has the support of Columbine survivor Evan Todd.

The congressman opposes stricter background checks and raising the minimum age to buy assault weapons, calling them “false senses of security.”

“Well, we should pass my law to repeal the Gun-Free School Zone Act. I call it the Safe Students Act, but look, those are, those are false senses of security. Like Evan Todd from Columbine, he's disgusted at these proposals because they wouldn't do anything. And in 10 years, we're still going to have school shootings, unless you propose real legislation, like President Trump has proposed, that would allow teachers to be armed,” Massie said.

“Let me ask you this though. 65 percent of the country disagrees with you. Do you you have an obligation to legislate on behalf of them at all?” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked.

“You’re in a bubble,” Massie said. “If you take out New York and California, eight percent of Americans have concealed carry permits, and the people watching this show right now? There are a lot of them getting ready for church in middle America. Putting their guns on.

“Millions of them, they’re going to be carrying guns to church, and to family dinner after that, and they’re going to be safe. And so, you know all these things, these hypotheticals that come out of the bubble in DC or New York City or California. What if this happens, what if that happens. We don’t have to ask what if this happens. People are carrying every day,” he said.

Massie said the background check system is flawed and has denied millions of law-abiding citizens the right to buy a gun.

“Three million people, law-abiding citizens were denied a, denied a purchase since this has been put in place, but only about one in a thousand are prosecuted for trying to, quote, ‘buy a gun illegally,’” the congressman said.

“The reality is, most of those three million, 99.9% of them are actually law-abiding citizens who were denied a purchase because the background check system is flawed. It doesn't have the right information in there. It's got false information, and it disproportionately is biased against minorities. If you can get the information from the A.T.F., you would find that out,” Massie said.


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