The nation is up in arms about gun control with liberals now demanding we increase the age limit for firearm purchases. However, things have most recently taken an interesting turn after the left unveiled what they now want 16-year-olds to do — and it’s utterly ridiculous.
Words can’t describe the horrors that recently took place in Parkland, Florida. With 17 innocent people mercilessly gunned down, many rightfully wonder how we can prevent such a reality from ever happening again. Unfortunately, Democrats are using the emotions felt by citizens right now to push policy through Congress that they otherwise would not be able to get support for.
Proving just that, we’ve heard endless cries for gun control since the shooting. However, they have yet to answer why they didn’t pass any such legislation when Barack Obama was in the White House and Democrats controlled the House and Senate. Instead, they just blame the NRA, Republicans, and freedom-loving Americans.
Most people don’t want what the left calls “gun control” because it’s an infringement on the Second Amendment. At the end of the day, we know that guns are used more often to protect life than to take it. Of course, when the gun-grabbers are slapped across the face with this reality, Democrats then set their sights on a goal a bit smaller and easier to obtain.
It’s hard to tackle gun control as a whole, but Democrats aren’t as stupid as they pretend to be (not all the time, at least). Instead of going after full-fledged confiscation and a ban on all firearms, they start to chip away at little things here and there. Before long, enough is taken away that the last few, important things aren’t quite so easy to defend. Right now, that’s what the left is working on.
We’ve already heard calls to ban bump fire stocks, and now, The Washington Times reports that Democrats are calling for the minimum age for AR-15 purchases to be raised to 21 years old, with some even saying it should be as high as 25. Sure, these may seem like small things, but that’s what they want you to think. The graphic below sums it up pretty well:
Unfortunately, that’s not all the left is trying to change right now. In fact, liberals are now using the shooting in Florida to advocate for something else and there’s a devious reason for it. While trying to make sure that people ages 18, 19, and 20 can’t buy an AR-15, at the same time, they now want to give 16-year-old children the right to vote.
As outlined in a pathetic CNN piece, the left is admiring the victims of the Florida shooting who have expressed their desire for gun control. Forget the fact that these are just kids, as defined by the law, and that emotion plays a heavy hand in their decisions right now, the leftist news network is actually suggesting that children be given the right to vote.
Of course, we know they are only suggesting a lower voting age because these kids are speaking in favor of the liberal agenda, and Democrats will do anything to get a vote. Since younger, children usually think Democrat policy sounds good because they don’t have the life experience to know otherwise, it’s not hard to guess how 16- and 17-year-olds are likely to vote.
Still, these liberals don’t seem to understand the irony here. In essence, Democrats are saying that men and women ages 18, 19, and 20 aren’t emotionally mature or responsible enough to be trusted with a certain type of firearm, which is simply a tool. But, on the other hand, they’re actually suggesting that 16-year-old kids are emotionally mature and responsible enough to have a voice in implementing decisions that impact everyone. What’s worse, there are people who will think these are good ideas “because the news said so.”
Sadly, some people don’t seem to understand the effect that the media has on society. Fortunately, one tweet breaks it down pretty nicely. “Russia interferes in every election. You didn’t care until you were told to care. Statues stood for over 100 years. You didn’t care until you were told to care. People are killed daily by guns in cities like Chicago. You don’t care about gun violence until you’re told to care,” a Twitter user going by Stonewall Jackson posted.
Russia interferes in every election. You didn’t care until you were told to care. Statues stood for over 100 years. You didn’t care until you were told to care. People are killed daily by guns in cities like Chicago. You don’t care about gun violence until you’re told to care
— Stonewall Jackson (@1776Stonewall) February 18, 2018
At the end of the day, experts say that mental maturity isn’t fully reached until the age of 25. So, if you want to say that this is the benchmark for being considered a trusted adult, then that has to be the case across the board. You would have to apply that to everything — not just cherry pick when you want a person to be an adult and when you don’t by how it helps your agenda.
The fact that CNN wants these children to vote shows how desperate they are to get their way. You can’t say that kids aren’t mature enough to have a gun but are mature enough to vote. As even Matt Walsh recently suggested, if you’re going to raise the age requirement for guns, then you should raise the age requirements to vote as well. A bad vote can ruin a lot more lives than any AR-15 can. Maybe if the left was more concerned with their civic responsibility rather than just getting their way, they’d understand that.