On Wednesday, California legislators sent Governor Jerry Brown a bill that will raise gun purchase age to 21 for long guns. Using the typical logic of liberals, they now have yet another law which punishes only ordinary people, not criminals.
Gangs and other criminals don’t have a gun purchase age. And some of the cases they used as precedents to push this narrative were actually irrelevant to this issue.
Take Adam Lanza, for example. Adam Lanza’s mother legally purchased her many guns. Adam shot her to death with one of them, then went to Sandy Hook Elementary and shot 20 children. He did not purchase the guns.
The Columbine killers obtained their guns illegally. They were still in high school.
Nicholas Cruz, the Parkland shooter, purchased them but if the current laws had been adhered to by authorities, he would not have had the ability to do so. No law in any state is immune to stupidity of the people in charge.
So let’s look at California’s latest gun control law:
The LA Times reported,
“The bill was approved Wednesday by a 26-12 vote of the Senate. Republican lawmakers who voted against the measure noted people younger than 21 can legally vote, buy homes and join the military to fight for their country. Sen. Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) argued during the floor debate that the measure will not affect criminals who he said do not buy their firearms legally. He said the age restriction in the bill is arbitrary…
…”Passing a law that makes it illegal for a 20-year-old to purchase a shotgun for hunting or an adult single mother from purchasing the most effective self-defense rifle on the market punishes the law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals,” Daniel Reid, the California state director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, wrote in a letter to legislators.”
The law makes exceptions for police officers, members of the military and anyone with an active hunting license from the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Here is the point: In the United States, 18 is the LEGAL age of adulthood. Eighteen year olds can vote for candidates. They are supposed to have all the rights afforded under the Constitution. But laws like this one discriminate against an entire age group by leaving them out of Constitutionally protected rights.
The RIGHT to bear arms is not a “privilege.” It is a God-given right to self-defense. If push comes to shove on this issue, someone needs to take it all the way to the Supreme Court, if the court will hear it. Even the age of purchase for handguns being 21 is an affront to the rights enumerated in the Constitution.
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