Okay. The NRA is making even more crazy noises. Now they are going to the Supreme Court to have the laws struck down putting a minimum age requirement on buying a gun. It currently stands at 21 years of age.
According to Reg Watch on The Hill:
The National Rifle Association is asking the Supreme Court to strike down decades-old regulations prohibiting the sales of handguns to those under the age of 21.
The powerful gun lobby is challenging a lower federal court’s October ruling that upheld the ban. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that the current regulations are consistent with a long-held view that young adults between the ages of 18 and 20 “tend to be relatively immature and that denying them easy access to handguns would deter violent crime.”
You have to be 21 to buy or use alcohol. You have to be 21 or older to enter a Las Vegas casino, or to enter online "adult" sites. It's done because the public has determined that youthful inexperience could put the under-21 crowd at some risk. Whether we agree with that or not, there's certainly no need for kids to be packing heat. Hasn't the NRA done enough to put our nation at high risk?
The NRA is hoping the SCOTUS will hear this case.
Even if they do consider the case, Winkler (UCLA law professor) said he expects the justices would side with the circuit courts, considering that 18 to 21-year-olds have an especially higher than average rates of suicide, criminal behavior and drug and alcohol abuse.
It might be time for us to start speaking up. Do you want the next door neighbor kid packing heat as he/she skateboards down the street and decides it's his/her right to clear the way by pulling a pistol?