Seen on the street in Kyiv.

Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

“The Mob takes the Fifth. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” -- The TOFF *

"Foreign Relations Boil Down to Two Things: Talking With People or Killing Them." -- Unknown

“Speed is a poor substitute for accuracy.” -- Real, no-shit, fortune from a fortune cookie

"If you believe that you are talking to G-d, you can justify anything.” — my Dad

"Colt .45s; putting bad guys in the ground since 1873." -- Unknown

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"The Dildo of Karma rarely comes lubed." -- Unknown

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

* "TOFF" = Treasonous Orange Fat Fuck, A/K/A Dolt-45,
A/K/A Commandante (or Cadet) Bone Spurs,
A/K/A El Caudillo de Mar-a-Lago, A/K/A the Asset., A/K/A P01135809

Friday, May 12, 2023

Kids Can Buy Guns, Now?

A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a law banning licensed federal firearms dealers from selling handguns to young adults under 21 violates the Second Amendment and is unconstitutional.

The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Robert Payne in Richmond, if not overturned, would allow dealers to sell handguns to 18- to 20-year-olds.

In his 71-page ruling, Payne wrote that many of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship are granted at the age of 18, including the right to vote, enlist in the military without parental permission and serve on a federal jury

The minimum age of 21 to buy a handgun was one of the compromises in the 1968 Gun Control Act. What those pushing the bill wanted to do was outright ban the sale of handguns. Before then, the rule in most states was "old enough to pay for it, old enough to buy it." Boys, in particular, mowed lawns and shovelled snow to earn money to buy a .22 rifle or a .410 shotgun. They'd go to the local hardware store, to Sears (or Monkey Wards) or mail a money order to Herters. It was between the kid and the parents.

The argument of Bloomberg's group about research into homicide rates may be true, but it is also irrelevant. The Supremes have pretty much elevated 2A rights to the strict scrutiny test, which means that unless there is a compelling argument as to why a restriction is necessary, the restriction fails.

The focus of the Supremes on what restrictions were present when firearms were used to shoot game, British soldiers and random Indians is just weird. I expect that the requirements to have serial numbers and prohibitions against felons possessing guns will eventually fall, unless they can twist themselves into pretzels to justify the rules.

And before you argue in the comments that the colonial argument would only permit muzzleloading flintlocks, go read this.


Jimmy T said...

Allowing young people the ability to own hand guns without training is only going to increase the slaughter that already has claimed too many victims. We have a long history of failing at being a civilized society...

CenterPuke88 said...

I suspect the Roe decision, and its complete bulldozing of stare decisis, will end up gutting the Second Amendment in a couple of decades or so.

Ten Bears said...

Might as well lower the drinking age too ...

Eck! said...

At 18 I've seen the horrific mix of alcohol and cars despite then
min drinking age was 21. Most understand that by then many just don't.

But my friends could and were drafted, Nam, at 18.

Its about being responsible and being held to that. Guns are just
another way to kill oneself and likely others but we have seen cars
do that too.

Since we have a wacknut running around and his followers its hard to expect teens to be responsible or at least recognize mortality.
So no I don't have answers just questions.

Baning guns, a poorly thought out solution and in the end likely ineffective. An emotional solution that has weak basis and wishes
will not work.


dinthebeast said...

A 12 year old in Texas shot and killed a Sonic employee in the Sonic parking lot with one of those JR-15 .22 rifles.

-Doug in Sugar Pine