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Raising Rifle-Buying Age to 21 Leads to Inconvenient Truth

Raising Rifle-Buying Age to 21 Leads to Inconvenient Truth
Rubio thinks he can appease the mob by pledging to “take [a] right away.” (CNN YouTube screen capture)
“I absolutely believe that in this country if you are 18 years of age, you should not be able to buy a rifle, and I will support a law that takes that right away,” Sen. Marco Rubio pandered to an inflamed mob at a CNN “town hall meeting,” drawing applause from a crowd that for the most part would never vote for him in a million years, no matter how many gun owners he betrays. And he wasn’t done throwing those that trusted him with political power under the bus, also offering up a “bump stock” ban, prior restraint disarmament orders and a willingness to put a normal capacity magazine ban on the table. That and he’s dead set on keeping schools “gun-free zones,” nixing any plan to recognize the right of teachers who so choose to keep and bear arms.

So naturally it was in CNN’s interest to portray this poltroon, who by his own words doesn’t understand what a right is and that no one has legitimate authority to take any away, as “a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights.”  Getting low-information viewers to swallow that lie allows them to portray anyone who opposes serial surrenders as an “extremist,” and with just a bit more media conflation, as a fascist and a hater.

And Rubio is hardly alone. Donald Trump has now thrown his hat in the “Ban semi-auto rifles for anyone under 21” ring. It’s fair to wonder, with the green light given him by NRA on “Fix NICS” and “bump stocks,” if his contention that “The NRA will back it and so will Congress” means any vocal opposition from Fairfax will be for show, and at the end of the day members will be fed a load of “Who else do you have to vote for?”

It’s also fair to wonder how anyone with judgment so impaired they’re too young to own a semi-auto could be considered mature enough to vote, to contract, to parent, to cohabit or marry, to join the military and deploy with actual “in common use at the time” ordnance,” or to make any of the daily adult choices expected of a free citizen. Instead, we see a “progressive” law professor making the case—as amplified by CNN, to lower the voting age to 16.

Time was, that would have been considered “the yeomanry of America,” but that’s not what they have in mind. Anybody remember “Wild in the Streets”?

Never ones to let a crisis they contribute to go to waste, CNN has resurrected a video from Bryant Gumbel showing a 13-year-old buying a bolt-action .22 from a private collector at  a Virginia gun show. What is it with CNN and scripts, or with gun-grabbers using actors?

“The HBO clip has resurfaced following a deadly school shooting in Florida,” The Daily Mail “reports.”  All by its own self, no doubt. And it’s being used to show minors can’t buy cigarettes, scratch-offs and porn, but it’s open season on children  and unrestricted gun sales.

First, consider the source. We’re talking about someone who calls us “pigs.” They admit things are scripted, but not how much.  Who is the seller?  Which gun show did this take place at?  Does it require an adult to accompany juveniles to get in, so would it be fair for a seller to assume “adults” he could have seen with the boy were overseeing things, and that he’d have some ‘splainin’ to do when he showed up with purchase in hand for the ride home?

What else was said, by or to him, by the boy or by the crew that has not been revealed in order to maintain a “pig” presumption with viewers?

In any case, Virginia law was not broken. While the Code of Virginia makes it “unlawful for any person under 18 years of age to knowingly and intentionally possess or transport a handgun or assault firearm anywhere in the Commonwealth,” the same does not apply to the rifle allegedly purchased on camera.

That’s the way things have been in much of the country for much of my lifetime.

Raising Rifle-Buying Age to 21 Leads to Inconvenient Truth
Time was, boys and rifles did not result in school shooting headlines.

Years back I related the story of a friend of mine, then 13, who used to take his scoped .22 rifle on a Santa Monica bus to do target practice, opening the action to show the driver it was unloaded and walking several blocks to and from the range. I’ve told the story in “Lies of Omission” of my encounter with a deputy while my friends and I were having fun with a 16-gauge shotgun.

“You boys being careful?” he asked after rolling down the cruiser window, getting a feel for our demeanor and behavior.

“Yes sir,” I replied, gun broken open.

“See that you are,” he replied before driving off, satisfied that there would be no need to prone us out, and that we were doing nothing any different than what he used to do when he was our age. If any stop signs showed up peppered with dents, he had my license plate.

It was a way of life, especially in Virginia before the “progressive” grasp over all aspects of our lives had established an intended death grip on everyone’s throats. Boys routinely took rifles with them to school to do some hunting on the way home. It was part of a culture those who would “fundamentally transform” America need to destroy.  And what the idiot Republicans going along with the betrayal of their oaths fail to account for is that “21” is just another incremental slide down the “slippery slope.”  The gun-grabbers don’t want anyone of any age who is not serving the power elites to own a rifle (or a handgun) for the same reason totalitarians throughout history have looked to citizen disarmament as their best guarantor of success.

But what these examples of past freedoms enjoyed by young people throughout our history prove beyond any doubt is that we, who they furiously demand to disarm, could be trusted with guns when we were young, as could those who raised us. Look at the “progression” of the numbers of incidents as the country changed politically, and the objective conclusion is that the Republic Mr. Franklin challenged us to keep is being destroyed from within by an oxymoronic  culture of “progressive values.”

Helping that along is rapidly accelerating slow suicide. Republicans either need to stop being useful idiots or else admit the false “conservative” wing is –and has been all along — a controlled opposition con job. With each new betrayal, they’re making it easier and easier to assume the worst.

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  1. Sen. Bill Nelson D-FL), Sir’, with all do respect and candor… “GUNS->DON’T KILL PEOPLE.” The (People) person that causes the movement of the TRIGGER, of the gun, to expel the munition, is what kills people…
    I have about $ 500.00 in my savings account, Sen. Nelson, My pistol is on my dining room table, all by itself… “Without” any person or being, touching the pistol, and no strings, or items attached, or manipulation of the table,… IF… You, Sen, Nelson, under those specifics, …can cause that inanimate weapon, to propel the munition, loaded in the barrel… I will give you that $500.00 .
    Sen. Nelson , you can invite all the National Media, to film your feat, but they must stay our side, as the dining room table can be seen,through both the front windows, and the back Patio doors.
    psst: I’m not a congressman, JUST A OATHKEEPER, and MAN of MY WORD.

  2. Sen. Bill Nelson D-FL), Sir’, with all do respect and candor… “GUNS->DON’T KILL PEOPLE.” The (People) person that causes the movement of the TRIGGER, of the gun, to expel the munition, is what kills people…
    I have about $ 500.00 in my savings account, Sen. Nelson, My pistol is on my dining room table, all by itself… “Without” any person or being, touching the pistol, and no strings, or items attached, or manipulation of the table,… IF… You, Sen, Nelson, under those specifics, …can cause that inanimate weapon, to propel the munition, loaded in the barrel… I will give you that $500.00 .
    Sen. Nelson , you can invite all the National Media, to film your feat, but they must stay our side, as the dining room table can be seen,through both the front windows, and the back Patio doors.
    psst: I’m not a congressman, JUST A OATH-KEEPER, and MAN of MY WORD.

    1. I’ll add $500.00 to yours!
      If guns are banned, we need to ban knives, baseball bats, pipes, cars, pillows, pantyhose and a host of other items.

  3. I entered the service back in 1954 to protect our country, and if I could not have defended my self, family or community with a gun when I came home, I would have told them to stick the service and never enlisted. Today, if I were under 21, I would never join the service if they restricted law-abiding citizens under 21 from possessing firearms. I would tell those rogue politicians and anti-gunners to KMA and fight their own damn wars.

    1. Then still serving in the Army Reserve, I fully supported my son’s National Guard enlistment at the age of 17, while he was a high school Junior; this despite all of the infringements that had already accumulated, under color of law, over the previous decades. Under the proposed expansion of the age-based infringement, I would not have given my consent at 17 and would have actively discouraged his enlistment at 18.

  4. One of the most disappointing comments I have ever heard from a supposed pro Second Amendment US Senator, not to mention illogical, stupid and brain-dead, was from Marco Rubio on Thursday, 02/22/18. As reported by local10 WPLG in Miami: U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said a visit to Stoneman Douglas prompted him to change his stance on large capacity magazines. The Republican insisted he is willing to rethink his past opposition on gun proposals if there is information the policies would prevent mass shootings. “If we are going to infringe on the Second Amendment, it has to be a policy that will work,” Rubio said in an interview Thursday with AP.

    It’s apparent Rubio, along with the democrat gun-grabbers, give no credence to the US Constitution and Second Amendment, where it says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. He wants to infringe upon your God-given rights enumerated in the constitution if those policies are successful.

    He needs to be held accountable for this treasonous statement.

    1. JaJay….I Absolutely Agree. I watched a History Channel presentation of Russia’s Putin and that caused chills to run down my spine. I wonder how closely the dems are working with the likes of that tyrant. To me the entire “representative” collection in DC and most state capitols need to be purged for the same reason. Here in NY, it’s blatantly obvious that Karl Marx’s influence and utopian dream is alive….and the march to collectivism is the end. Our Founders understood the likes of this garbage and formed a great Republic with checks that restricted power, but clever power-lust driven “men” have eroded our heritage…..funny how that works. Still the fact remains, our God Given Rights can’t be taken unless we give them up. And I don’t think too many of us are willing to go there so…….

  5. Sen. Rubio, this is the transcript of the call to the FBI, made by a supposed relative, in reference to the shooter–who I refuse to name in order to rob him of any recognition. I don’t have the transcript to the other calls–that the FBI failed to pass on to the field office. Nor do I have the transcripts of the 39 calls to local law enforcement, which failed to produce A SINGLE ARREST, which would have put him in NICS, making it impossible to pass a background check, thereby possibly averting this horror show.

    Sen. Rubio, in light of the complete and abject failure of the FBI and local law enforcement, you are still willing to infringe on the Constitutionally-protected rights of your constituents. Mark this day, voters, for this day you see your betrayal in favor of letting government bureaucrats get by with NOT DOING THEIR JOBS–and 17 kids died. Today, I call Sen. Marco Rubio “Brutus”, because he’s stabbed his constituents in the back.

    http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/FBI-transcript-02-23-2018.pdf

  6. Perhaps we could use their demand to raise the legal purchasing age to 21 as an opportunity.

    For the sake of argument, I might be willing to raise the minimum age to purchase not just rifles but all arms including bows, swords, airguns, slingshots, knives, etc. to 21 years of age.
    But only on the absolute condition that we also raise the minimum age to vote to 21 as well.

    But wait, there’s more. We should also indelibly tie the right to vote to the right to arms while we’re at it.
    So, anyone barred the right to arms is also barred the vote.
    Conversely it would also require that anyone who has the right to vote must also have the right to arms. So any convicts who have had their right to vote restored would also have their right to arms restored as well.

    Oh, wait. You may be asking, Wouldn’t this proposed law violate the 26th Amendment?
    Well, who cares? Since we’ve already gone well beyond the pale with infringements on the 2nd Amendment. And isn’t that the whole purpose of the newly proposed infringements we would be tying this to?
    Perhaps we should argue that the 26th amendment is part of that “living” interpretation thing…?
    Where was I?
    Right, while we’re at it we might as well raise the minimum age of majority to 21 across the board.
    So, no military service until 21. No driving a car until 21. That will undoubtedly save lives.
    Just think of the possibilities. We could proscribe all of the rights guaranteed in the bill of rights from everyone 20 and under.
    Perhaps we could also prohibit anyone under 21 from crossing state lines without a consenting legal guardian.

    Totalitarian? Yep. But that’s what you get when you trade liberty for the illusion of safety.

  7. I am thoroughly disgusted to hear these reports of the statements made by Senator Rubio. It is disgusting to see how quickly a supposed Conservative will flip flop on such a crucial and important item as the 2nd Amendment. To think, at one point in time, he was considered a good candidate to run for the Presidency. Now, I would wonder, after this debacle, if he will even be able to get himself re-elected in his state. You know uut is one thing for conservatives to be mad at liberals and fight tooth and nail to get the liberals out of office. But, it is a completely different matter when you, as a supposed conservative, turn on an issue that is nearly fundamental in the definition of what it is to be a conservative. We true conservatives do not forgive that behavior very easily and we have long memories.

    1. Please take this comment personally, while realizing that there are lots out there that also need to personalize it.

      “But, it is a completely different matter when you, as a supposed conservative, turn on an issue that is nearly fundamental in the definition of what it is to be a conservative. We true conservatives do not forgive that behavior very easily and we have long memories.”

      You just stated the problem with what is going on in our nation today, a big part of it anyway. You (basically a generic “you”) choose party over the US Constitution every time you vote. So do the “democrats”.

      I am going to make an assumption that you are an Oath Taker, and/or a person who considers yourself to be an American in every sense of the word.

      Political parties were created early on in our history to start the division of the American people, to allow foreign influence into our elections, to even change the way people became candidates. Today the parties SELECT our candidates for us to be able to choose from. That is NOT how it is to be done constitutionally. (Some of the later Amendments were never ratified Lawfully, yet were implemented because they met the needs of the dark underbelly who serves within our government, but that is another issue and off subject. Let me give you a few words from the framers about political parties, which they called “factions”. Don’t be disgusted with Rubio, he is just another part of the problem keeping Americans divided so we will fall. WE should NEVER look to those selected for us to choose between by the Political Parties, they are used to divide us, to put into our governments people who may hold allegiance to foreign governments, to foreign entities, to corporations, etc. Political Parties gave themselves the “power” to choose the people we get to decided between and, today, no one questions that. WE accept the lessor of two evils though it still is evil. Is that how we keep our freedom?

      George Washington, Farewell Address: “And of fatal tendency … to put, in the place of the delegated will of the Nation, the will of a party – often a small but artful and enterprising minority. … They are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

      John Adams: “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

      John Adams: “Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.”

      Thomas Jefferson: I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.” (Letter to Francis Hopkinson (March 13, 1789). In: Merrill D. Peterson (ed.), Letters of Thomas Jefferson, New York, 1984, pp. 940-42. [PL Ford, Writings of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 5, pp. 75-78])

      Plus Jefferson said: “The happiness of society depends so much on preventing party spirit from infecting the common intercourse of life, that nothing should be spared to harmonize and amalgamate the two parties in social circles. (Thomas Jefferson, To William C. Claiborne, July 1801)

      Again Jefferson: “You will soon find that so inveterate is the rancor of party spirit among us, that nothing ought to be credited but what we hear with our own ears. If you are less on your guard than we are here, at this moment, the designs of the mischief-makers will not fail to be accomplished, and brethren and friends will be made strangers and enemies to each other.” (To James Monroe, March 1808)

      James Madison: “A zeal for different opinions concerning religion, concerning government, and many other points, as well of speculation as of practice; an attachment to different leaders ambitiously contending for pre-eminence and power; or to persons of other descriptions whose fortunes have been interesting to the human passions, have, in turn, divided mankind into parties, inflamed them with mutual animosity, and rendered them much more disposed to vex and oppress each other than to co-operate for their common good.” (Federalist #10)

      Not only are we supposed to not use or TRUST political parties, but we had a pretty decent example of the type of person we should elect to office yet this example is NOT TAUGHT in our schools or homes.

      How many today know this of George Washington? That he walked away from the offer of ultimate power over the USA? That people from his time such as John Adams, Washington’s successor as a US President, said of him: “If we look over the catalogue of the first magistrates of nations, whether they have been denominated Presidents or Consuls, Kings or Princes, where shall we find one whose commanding talents and virtues, whose overruling good fortune, have so completely united all hearts and voices in his favor?…His example is complete; and it will teach wisdom and virtue to Magistrates, Citizens, and Men, not only in the present age, but in future generations.”

      Understand that Washington was offered the position of being a King here, and turned it down. Thomas Jefferson, father of the Declaration of Independence and our third president, said of Washington that he was: ”The only man in the United States who possessed the confidence of all. There was no other one who was considered as anything more than a party leader….And it may be truly said that never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a man great, and to place him in the same constellation with whatever worthies have merited from man an everlasting remembrance.”

      I am not saying that Washington was a saint, he was not, he was just another man, but his moral structure and action(s) taken at that time should have been the guiding light for all of us everywhere of the type of people we should be putting into office. Consider that George Washington was elected unanimously – twice. He was also offered the Presidency here for life. But George Washington stunned the world at that time when he refused a third term and refused the offer of being a King with a lifetime rule that was offered to him. Instead HE walked away from power to return to his farm to be a free citizen. When George Washington actually walked away from the offer of ultimate power over our nation, many across the world was shocked. England’s King George III (yeah the King that they had won our freedom from) himself hailed him “as the greatest man of his era.” Here are are some more of what was said about George Washington’s actions by people such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, King George III, France’s Emperor Napoleon, etc all shocked at the example of Washington’s did for our nation when he walked away and went home. His actions which we rarely hear about today is something that was expected to be taught “not only in the present age, but in future generations,” (John Adams). That George Washington’s memory of those actions should be “held dear.., to all free men” (Napoleon). Today is Washington still “First in war. First in peace. First in the hearts of his countrymen,” (Gen. “Light Horse” Harry Lee) taught here at all levels so that the American people would have an example to hold in their mind of what type of person/people we would need to be electing? No, it is not.

      Remember, as J. Reuben Clark said: “God provided that in this land of liberty, our political allegiance shall run NOT to individuals, that is, to government officials, no matter how great or how small they may be. Under His plan OUR ALLEGIANCE AND THE ONLY ALLEGIANCE WE OWE AS CITIZENS OR DENIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, RUNS TO OUR INSPIRED CONSTITUTION which God himself set up. SO RUNS THE OATH OF OFFICE OF THOSE WHO PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT. A certain loyalty we do owe to the office which a man holds, but even here we owe just by reason of our citizenship, no loyalty to the man himself. In other countries it is to the individual that allegiance runs. THIS PRINCIPLE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE CONSTITUTION IS BASIC TO OUR FREEDOM. It is one of the great principles that distinguishes this “land of liberty” from other countries”.

      I say let’s nominate as the Constitution requires of us to, go read it. Personally I would rather see a Ron Paul, Edwin Vieira, etc put into office. But you know what would happen when they started enforcing the US Constitution (remember all US Presidents are REQUIRED to “Preserve, Protect, and Defend the US Constitution” from foreign and domestic enemies, a much higher standard) they would be first pressured, and then if not stopped, murdered. I believe if Trump actually had stopped the expansion of the UNLAWFUL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL and UNDECLARED by the Congress wars that we are in, the Military Industrial Congressional Complex would murder him. They keep their power, prestige, and money through treasonous actions and are now bringing down our nation. I recommended to Trump, as did others, that when he was elected he should fire EVERY single person who serves within the WH, even the cooks, housekeeping, etc and replace them with Oathkeepers as even those who may not have wanted him in office would KEEP THEIR Oath. That one action is the one thing that can save our nation, particularly the enforcers – civil and military.

      Refuse unconstitutional orders, do not deploy, do not do anything that is not found within the US Constitution no matter who or what governmental office gives the order or duty. Until we replace the traitors to our nation, YOUR actions are what will either save our destroy our nation. They cannot bring us down without you, yet. But with the robots coming, they soon will be able to.

      1. I had this come to me as I was driving home from the VA in Alb about two years ago. These are strong words that I take to my heart.
        Stand by your Oath=== PATRIOTS
        Deny your​ Oath===TERRORISTS
        Now it seems to me that the second line goes to any and all who does not stand up for the OATH they took as they took office.
        I took my Oath in January 72 and will stand by it till the day I step over this path we call life. I am not a person with a lot of words but the ones I say come from my Spirit. These two lines are on my truck in two inche letters.

    1. Their “Bladders” will cease to function !!!!!! ( Which will balance out the abiity of their BRAINS to do the same, which obviously occurred a few years before !!!!)

  8. While we’re at it, I am sure the Insurance companies have plenty of statistics as to why auto insurance rates are higher for those under 26. Thusly, we might consider raising the drivers license age to 26. Oh, that would be too inconvenient for mom and dad (if you are lucky enough to have both) having to baby sit while saving all those lives and loss of property. And what about all that revenue the insurance companies wouldn’t receive from “higher risk drivers?” Guess the money plays into that realm. Never mind, it’s ok for younger people to die at the wheel, get their lives destroyed, and cause millions in property loss…and while we are at it, send them to those perpetual war zones. We’ll just have more kids to replace them.

    It’s all nonsense. One can not legislate morality at any level, or age of maturity. Example: The drinking age limit of 21 is just as much a farce as one can obviously see. Youngsters will acquire what they want; including guns. For those of us who did not break the “rules” there is a feel good trophy waiting for you.

  9. “Years back I related the story of a friend of mine, then 13, who used to take his scoped .22 rifle on a Santa Monica bus to do target practice,…”

    We took our 22 cals to school, put them in our locker, pulled them out after school to go shooting at some empty property. Never crossed anyones mind guns were “evil”; we repspected early on what they are because our parents owned guns and taught us common sense gun safety. I suppose education that includes common sense is too realistic.

    1. Yep! I remember, as a minor, walking home from a day of hunting along the paved roads with my single shot .410 slung over my shoulder with the breach open. That’s how I was taught by my dad, to be respectful of both the firearm and the public. Passers by would wave at me or slow down to ask how I did for the day. One time, a friend and I came out of the woods far from where we intended and hitchhiked with our shotguns in hand. The very first car that came by picked us up and drove out of their way to take us where we wanted to go. Our PE class offered the “Hunters Safety Course” at school when I was 14 years old. We were allowed to bring our favorite gun to school and talk about it. I had to get a signed permission slip to bring mine because I rode the school bus. I showed the slip to the bus driver and climbed aboard with gun in hand. No one freaked out or got hurt. So why is it that in an age where we consider ourselves as evolved and progressive, even an 18 year old can no longer be trusted with a gun?

  10. Getting rather sick of hearing abut 2nd Amendment “RIGHTS when, as you go from state to state, the “RIGHTS” are not the same. NY, Ct., NJ. and Ma. and others don’t agree on what “2nd Amendment rights” mean. Nothing happens to those states or their laws to change their thinking or laws so RIGHTS don’t mean much really because apparently you don’t have much in the way of rights.
    I think the NRA has shot itself in the foot, several times, with their spokes people really turning off more people than inspiring. I have never agree with the NRA over AR-15’s. When I first came home from Nam after serving with the 1st Marines, I was disgusted to see these similar weapons offered for sale to civilians. I thought it was designed to cater to the Wanna Be’s who didn’t have the guts to be in the military. To this day I don’t think any civilian needs a a AR platform weapon or any AK’s but if its their RIGHT, so be it. I won’t own one. Already had three that got plenty of use over there. I know there are MILLIONS of lawful, respectful, knowledgeable gun owners who have these weapons but the lunatics that have misused these to kill and injure so many innocent people has me wondering if, for the good of humanity, those weapons should be rounded up and destroyed too. The tide is turning and lawful gun owners know it. Its getting so bad that people are afraid to admit they own a gun for fear of being considered a “gun nut” by just about every one else. People need to stop lunatics but its hard when a guy like Cruz had so many incidents noted against him and he was still able to legally buy these guns.

  11. Remember that the reason for the 26th amendment was to try to save / justify the draft. Any attempt to raise the purchase age for semi auto’s to 21 will no doubt resurrect this debate and possibly sink 18 year old registry for Selective Service in the process. At best raising the age to 21 is an arbitrary political move and will likely not survive a legal challenge particularly at the federal level.

  12. Looking back in history, school shootings have been perpetrated by persons both under the legal age to buy a weapon and over the age of 21. Only a subset have been between those ages. Raising the minimum age won’t make a difference.

  13. I’ll keep it short. When a drunk driver kills, we don’t blame the car. When a bomber kills, we don’t blame the bomb. So why is it when a psycho or felon gets a gun because a state agency FAILED to do their job, why do we blame the gun and cry for more gun laws?
    Enforce what we have and those who shouldn’t get a gun will decrease dramatically.

  14. Blaming the NRA for gun deaths makes about as much sense as would be blaming the AAA or SCCA every time a drunk or reckless driver kills someone on our nations highways.

  15. Call me old and dumb but didn’t we deal with this very question during Vietnam? Folks were old enough to die for their country but unable to have a beer at the local pub or vote? Didn’t go through the effort to resolve it by passing the 26th Amendment? Thus 18 year olds became full fledged Citizens with ALL Rights intact.

    Now we’re back to 18 year olds NOT being able to have a drink at the local pub, 18 year olds NOT being able to buy a sidearm (at least in New Hampshire) and with this proposal, 18 year olds NOT even being able to buy a rifle, something I did at 16 years old living in Massachusetts of all places.

    We’re ‘accepting’ and codifying that there are degrees of Citizenship. Some Citizens will have all their Rights under the Constitution and other groups of Citizens who will be denied certain Rights at the discretion of their betters. Pretty soon we’ll be back to saying certain ‘people’ can’t vote or won’t be ‘granted’ the Right to ‘carry’ a firearm because some fool arbitrarily decided they can’t be trusted with all the Rights guaranteed to every American. I seem to recall some of the words I spoke as part of an Oath – “to bear true faith and allegiance” ~ clearly the Republic I grew up with is gone. It makes me ashamed.

  16. Simply put> No More Gun Control…they just continue to take little by little without solving the problem> Why do we have to bend down to the Progressive Liberal Socialists, that are mostly funded by George Soros, a proven bloom’n Idiot !
    No mass shooting murders were by any NRA member….guess who that leaves……???
    Just my observation> The scandal that the media is ignoring, but is probably the most important part of this story, involves the Broward County School District and local police agencies colluding. Try looking at Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and his close friends like prominent Democrats including Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders. Follow the $$$. Why else would Coral Springs officers enter the school while 4 officers from Broward County, who chose to do NOTHING while waiting outside for backup? Or about the failure of policing that took place in the months and years before the shooting – a time period that saw local police visit Nikolas Cruz 39 different times for various episodes of violence and criminality. Or a troubled young man, so clearly mentally and emotionally distressed, ran afoul of the law so often, but was still somehow able to pass a background check to purchase his firearm.
    Did the Broward County School Board and District Superintendent enter into a political agreement with Broward County Law enforcement officials to stop arresting students for crimes?
    Motive was simple. The school system administrators wanted to “improve their statistics” and gain state and federal grant money for improvements therein; thus the new policies made public school students above the law. The sheriff and police Chiefs were telling street cops and school cops to ignore ever-worsening criminal conduct.
    The police were in a bind. They were encountering evidence of criminal conduct, and yet they had to hide the conduct. There were examples of burglary and robbery where the police had to hide the recovered evidence in order to let the kids get away without reports. Just my opinion……….!

  17. It’s all about Agenda 21 they have not turned nor have they wavered. Right now they are winning.They have the players and the moves and know how to use them. The Bible said this time would come, and it’s here.

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