One of the first Steven Crowder videos I saw was “Second Amendment, Liberal Edition” which I’ve added below this article. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s how leftists would’ve written the Second Amendment, full of clauses, addendums, asterisks and general fecal matter first squeezed out by livestock. Today, Governor Scott of Florida tacked on a little addendum of his own: an age requirement.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 23, 2018
Before you say something like “I like it” or “it’s a good idea” don’t.
The right to self-preservation doesn’t begin at 21-years-old.
Before you say “But the drinking age is 21-years-old” don’t. There’s no Constitutional Amendment protecting your right to a six-pack.
If you still think it’s a good idea, why? Is it because of maturity? That a 21-year-old is more mature than 18? And 18 more mature than 15? Okay, let’s run with that. If maturity is required to buy a gun, then we should raise it from 21-years-old to 25. Which is how old one must be to rent a car (in many states). If 25 is too young, too “immature” then let’s raise the minimum age to 30. It’s “common sense” that a 30-year-old is far more worldly and mature than a 21-year-old. Heck, let’s raise the age to 42. When one reaches the age of the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.
See the problem?
Here’s another one. Just how many more accidents do people under 21 cause with their cars than people over 21? Yet despite the car-related deaths caused by younger drivers, there are no calls (that I’m aware of) to raise the minimum age to purchase a car. Some will say this is a non-sequitur argument. There’s merit to that. There is no Constitutional Amendment for a right to transportation.
You with me now?
It seems to me Governor Scott is knee-jerk-reacting. He’s responding to the calls of “do something” about guns. Calls from people who are, generally speaking, as knowledgeable about guns as prize-winning hampsters. Further, though what happened in Parkland was tragic, the responsibility of that tragedy does not fall on legal gun owners who may (or may not) be 21 or younger. What Parkland has shown us is the incompetence of government to prevent a mass shooting. Here, let’s recap:
- Report: Police Called to Parkland Shooter’s Home 39 Times
- FBI Received a Credible Tip about Florida Shooter. Did Nothing.
- Armed Police Officer at School Did Nothing as Shooting Happened
The government failed every step of the way. Yet Rick Scott thinks one more law will stop this? Cute.
I’m all about that visual, so lemme drop a meme on you:
Before you say something like “SCOTUS WILL FIX THIS!” don’t. We shouldn’t rely on SCOTUS to roll back bad law. We cannot rely on SCOTUS to run referee on governmental leaders trampling on people’s rights.
Mass shootings are awful. But taking the right to firearms away from legal, law-abiding citizens is still not the answer. Even if those law-abiding citizens are under 21-years-old.