While President Donald Trump is screaming for the “fake news” media to be held more accountable for their reporting, one Indiana Republican plans says he is already ahead of the game.
Representative Jim Lucas recently told the Indianapolis Star that he plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming session that would force professional journalists to obtain a license from the Indiana State Police before they could ever publish a single word.
Lucas, a longtime supporter of gun rights and medical marijuana advocate, says he drafted a piece of legislation earlier this year that would have journalists looking to exercise their First Amendment rights through the free press to go through a similar licensing process as those applying to carry a gun.
“If you’re OK licensing my Second Amendment right, what’s wrong with licensing your First Amendment right?” Rep. Lucas said. “If I was as irresponsible with my handgun as the media has been with their keyboard, I’d probably be in jail.”
At its core, the proposal is definitely something that Trump, a man fixated on the ethics of the American media, would like to see happen at the national level. It would require…