Sen. Rand Paul lone senator to vote against ‘laser pointer’ amendment to FAA bill

Like father, like son.

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul cast the sole vote in the Senate against an amendment to the FAA re-authorization bill which would make it a federal crime to flash a “laser pointer” at airplanes.

The Senate approved the measure, 96-1.

Paul, who is a member of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, said he thought it best to leave it up to the states to determine their own laws about the issue.

“I think that it is a bad idea to point lasers at pilots,” Paul told The Daily Caller. “There are a lot of states that already have laws, and I think the states ought to take care of it.”

Paul’s father, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is notorious for standing alone in the House against resolutions, including a recent vote honoring imprisoned Chinese dissident and Nobel laureate, Liu Xiaobo.

According to the FAA,  there were 2,836 reported incidents of people pointing laser pointers at pilots in the cockpit from 2009-2010.

  • loudog

    Interrupting air travel is a federal offense.

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  • angelskandy

    I wander if Rand Paul is the only one that read the Bill? Word has it that also in the same bill is a BAN on all Magazines over 10 rounds. Has anyone read the bill?

    • SolipsisticToo

      I must have missed the secret message because I couldn’t find my aluminum foil cap. And of course, Rand couldn’t come out and say he was against the bill because of the limit on magazines because then everyone would know what was in the amendment so he used the code words:

      “There are a lot of states that already have laws, and I think the states ought to take care of it.”

      Clearly this means that the hidden language of the bill would restrict the rights of gun owners or it means that complete wackjobs can go make up anything the want, your choice.

  • Joe Steel

    Rand Paul ought to be tossed-into a federal prison for being a national disgrace.

    What an idiot!

    • thephranc

      How did you get so stupid?

  • kaziklibey

    Oh for %@$#’s sake, as if pilots fly around looking for lasers instead of looking at their instruments.

    Go Rand!

  • HonestAmerican

    There is only one way left to return the USA to the Constitutional Republic that it is. It is our duty. Does Rand Ball have the balls to lead?

    Declaration of Independence

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

    • HonestAmerican

      Make that Rand Paul.

  • JoeJ

    God Bless Ron and Rand Paul — they may be the only real true Americans in our government.

    They understand the wisdom of our forefathers and our Constitution.

    • SolipsisticToo

      That’s either great satire or the dumbest bunch on nonsense posted on DC in a very long time. Works either way.

      • Rational_Texan

        And just who would you nominate? If thinking the Pauls are true americans is dumb, then consider me Lloyd Christmas.

      • thephranc

        Stormfront joe is a worthless jew hating POS but you post far dumber nonsense routinely.

        • SolipsisticToo

          I stand corrected on my second point.

        • JoeJ

          Stockholm Crybaby – hi cutie – wipe your tears and smile little one, I know how hard it is for you — those mean Zionists – they have terrorized your little mind, till all you can think about is what victims those poor poor Zionists are.

          Stockholm Crybaby – I release your little mind from its Zionist prison – isn’t that nice, how do you feel – now you can stand up like man and be a real American.

          • rus572

            JoeJ, I don’t know ya but I like the way ya think! You tell ’em, buddy! What a bunch of confused, whiney, socialist wussies… We need a LOT more of the likes of Ron and Rand Paul and Chris Christie.