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Monday, December 17, 2018

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Steve Stockman

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Genuinely crazy representative Steve Stockman (R-TX) took his anti-gun-reform zeal to a whole new level this week, when he introduced a bill to protect students’ imaginary Second Amendment rights.

The Houston Chronicle explains:

Texas Rep. Steve Stockman introduced a bill entitled “the Student Protection Act” to prohibit schools from suspending these students. The proposal would cut off funding to education institutions that punish students for making their food resemble a gun, for possessing a toy gun less than two inches, for possessing a toy gun made of plastic snap together building blocks, for using their hand to stimulate a gun, vocalizing imaginary fire arms, wearing clothing that supports Second Amendment rights, drawing or possessing an image of a gun, or using a writing utensil to simulate a firearm.

Stockman may think that protecting students from actual guns is a crime punishable by impeachment, but at least students are safe from the totally-not-made-up problem of being suspended for possessing a crayon drawing of a pistol.

Rep. Stockman released a statmement clarifying the bill, noting that “Punishing children for playing ‘cops and robbers’ or taking a bite out of a Pop-Tart that makes it somewhat resemble a gun is not healthy for children.” And if anyone knows what’s healthy for kids, it’s this guy.

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