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Stockman introduces Safe Schools Act to repeal "Gun Free School Zones'


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Steve Stockman (R-Texas) Thursday introduced "The Safe Schools Act," legislation that would repeal federal laws mandating "gun free zones" around schools. According to crime statistics analyzed by, mass shootings in schools increased five times after the legislation was enacted in 1990.

"I have one concern -- protecting children from dangerous predators. By disarming qualified citizens and officials in schools we have created a dangerous situation for our children. In the 22 years before enactment of "gun free school zones' there were two mass school shootings. In the 22 years since enactment of "gun free schools' there have been 10 mass school shootings. Not only has the bill utterly failed to protect our children it appears to have placed them in danger," said Stockman.

"The data do not lie. Our schools are safer when peaceable citizens are allowed to defend themselves from the irrational and dangerous," said Stockman. "What would have been horrific massacres on school campuses in Pearl, Mississippi and Grundy, Virginia were averted by armed staff and students. Armed citizens save lives."

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