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.”

Stockman cited several examples, such as a school in Nebraska that demanded a three-year old deaf boy change his name because it resembled a gun when expressed in sign language. He said a seven-year old in Colorado was suspended for throwing an imaginary hand grenade, and that two six-year old boys in Maryland were suspended for playing cops and robbers and using their fingers as guns.

He also noted the 14-year old Kentucky student who was suspended from school for wearing a National Rifle Association shirt that said “protect your rights.”

“This government-sanctioned political correctness is traumatizing children and spreading irrational fear,” the bill states.