Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What about the Gun-free Zones?

Let's take a look at number 24 on our List of 25.  During his campaign, Donald declared that on his first day in office, he would get rid of gun-free zones in schools and military bases.

In case there is any doubt, here is a video of him saying this:

So, the big question is... did he keep this promise?

The answer appears to be no.  I've scoured the internet to find what Donald signed on his first day and none of them had anything to do with gun-free zones.

CBS news explains what he did sign here in detail, if you are interested.

Now, back to the gun-free zones.  We're really talking about two entirely different issues here: Military bases and schools.

I came across several articles from some very conservative sites claiming that the gun-free zones on military bases was already gone as of a November 18 directive.  This doesn't appear to be an accurate statement, however.

The directive states that base commanders may grant permission to department personnel who ask to be able to carry their personal weapon on base.  It does not mean that everyone or anyone can. It is up to the base commander on a case-by-case basis.

Now, when it comes to schools, there are federal and state laws which prohibit guns on school property. Donald cannot do this one alone.  He would need Congress to repeal their law(s) AND create a law prohibiting states from passing such a law.  I doubt that would go over well with the folks who think states should largely govern themselves without broad interference from the government. (Rick Perry, for example, but plenty of conservatives hold this view)

But! The point here is that we still have gun-free zones in schools and on military bases (for the most part) so this promise was not kept.

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