As has been widely reported, a lone gunman killed five people and wounded eight at Ft Lauderdale/Hollywood Airport today, and it was yet another case of a mass public shooting in a gun-free zone.Since 1950, all but two mass public shootings have occurred in so-called “gun free” zones.
Forty-four states allow the lawful carry of firearms in the common terminal and baggage claim areas of airports. Florida, meanwhile, makes its entire airports off limits even to concealed carry permit holders. After today’s shooting, that could change for the better.
And that’s not all.Gun-free zones are yet another policy Donald Trump says he’d repeal on day one, and Rep. Thomas Massie is introducing legislation to do just that in schools.
As Rare reported: Last month, Rep. Thomas Massie announced he was launching the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus to pursue an aggressive pro-gun agenda under a hopefully more firearm-friendly President Trump.
This week, he’s already making moves.Massie introduced the “Safe Students Act” on Monday, which would repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990.
em>“The bill, originally introduced by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) in 2007, repeals the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990, which makes it ‘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,” stated a Massie press release. “In 1995, the Supreme Court held the GFSZA unconstitutional, which prompted Congress to amend the bill in 1996. The Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the amended Act.”
Massie said, “Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments. Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals.”The Safe Students Act is supported by firearm advocacy groups, including the National Rifle Association, National Association for Gun Rights and Gun Owners of America.
Massie’s legislation has also received support in the past from another big booster — President-elect Donald Trump.
Let’s get real: gun-free zones are gun-free in name only. We should start calling them what they really are: safe spaces for criminals.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]