Following the massacre which left seventeen dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Republican Governor Rick Scott endorsed a bill that would raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm in the state of Florida to 21. Many legislators, predominantly Independents and Democrats, gave staunch approval of this measure. However, this idea, when its justification is applied elsewhere, is patently asinine and could be extended to infringe upon the constitutional rights of many.
The proposed threshold originates from the age of the Parkland shooter. With the new law, the 19-year-old gunman would have theoretically been halted from acquiring his AR-15. The issue, though, is this: representatives using one specific occurrence to make a law with no statistical correlation to overall crime reduction is obviously nonsensical when applied to other situations.
The perpetrator of the slaughter in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, who killed 58 innocent people, was 64 at the time. By the logic of those who back raising the age to purchase a gun to 21, why not make it 65 instead? No mass shooter in recent American history would have been able to legally obtain their weapon.
This idea of relegating the country’s entire gun supply to senior citizens may seem silly, but those endorsing the new bill are employing an argument along similar lines. In this argument’s most extreme, yet honest form, why allow anyone to have a gun if they have been used to kill in the past? If any person or class is denied their right to keep and bear arms, because of one event, it can be applied to anybody.
It’s essential that Floridians make their voice heard as this legislation climbs its way through the government. The measure gives new life to a dangerous notion, one which would repulse the generations of Americans that inhabited our country before us.
If one event could trigger legislation against an albeit small age demographic, it would open the door for using countless other shootings to bar gun ownership to every demographic conceivable.
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