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Republican Congressman Fights for Our Right to Bear Imaginary Arms

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Steve Stockman, Congress’s trolliest tweeter, is now trolling the nation via actual legislation filed with the House of Representatives. The Texas Republican, who claims to believe in “a vision of limited government,” has introduced a bill that would withhold federal money from any school that penalizes children for pretending to use imaginary weapons.

The Student Protection Act, H.R. 2625, is a reaction to what Stockman says is the zero tolerance policy at some schools that has led to several suspensions of very young children who engage in these activities, including cases where students pretended their thumb and index finger is a gun.

The bill finds that these school policies are being used to outlaw “harmless expressions of childhood play,” and are only teaching students to “be afraid of inanimate objects that are shaped like guns.”

At least Stockman, who earlier this year vowed to block legislation expanding background checks, is consistent: He doesn’t care about gun violence imaginary or real. 

Stockman Fights for Right to Bear Imaginary Arms