On Wednesday, President Trump held a listening session to discuss how to better protect schoolchildren from gun violence. Though the answer isn’t easy, eroding the 2nd Amendment is not the place to start.
Among the changes, the president is reportedly considering are better background checks, mental health evaluations, and raising the minimum age to buy a rifle from 18 to 21. The first two we can absolutely get behind but the last one not so much.
Here are five reasons why we feel that way:
At the tender age of 18, both men and women are deemed ready to enter military life. They are old enough to kill the enemy and die in service to their country.
Yes, they undergo a mental and physical evaluation. And yes, they participate in extensive firearms training. The point is, if they are old enough at 18 to fight and die for America then they should be allowed their full constitutional rights.
As you know, the legal nationwide voting age is 18. Now, with everything going on with young people today, one could easily argue that the voting age should be raised.
Nevertheless, the law says they can cast a ballot at 18. So if they are responsible enough to choose elected officials, then they can also purchase a rifle.
The average sedan weighs approximately 2,871 pounds. That is a very large (and often deadly) weapon in the hands of a young, inexperienced driver.
Moreover, 11 young adults a day die in the U.S. because of texting and driving. According to an AAA poll, while most teens know it’s dangerous, nearly 40% do it anyway.
And guess what? 46 states have laws against texting and driving and it happens anyway.
Gambling, Cigarettes, and Porn
One of the left’s main arguments is that 18 is too young to buy a rifle. Yet, they have no problem with these same young people gambling (slots, lottery, ponies) or purchasing cigarettes.
Oh, and let’s not forget about pornography. If the argument is about keeping an 18-year old from buying an AR-15 because they’re irresponsible, then no more gambling, porn, or tobacco.
But, that’s not what this is about.
This leads us to our final reason why President Trump should not change the minimum age to 21:
Give an Inch, They’ll Take a Mile
Without question, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting is a tragedy. However, what’s happening now is nothing more than a gun grab and more gun control isn’t the answer.
If Trump gives in now, the left won’t stop until all Americans are disarmed. Anyone with a little knowledge of history knows exactly what happens after that.