Assault rifles age limit helps Christmas shoppers

I saw a bunch of articles in the past few days that mentioned one initiative proposed to help forestall future mass shootings by mentally troubled youths.  The proposal is to raise the age limit required for a youngster to attain before he is allowed to purchase an “assault rifle” on his own.

In their rush to press forward any and all limitations on guns, eager beaver journalists rushed to state capitols all around to get soundbite quotes from politicians.  In red states they tried to buttonhole Republicans, looking for quotes that could be used during electioneering later this year.   In my state, they raced around the Tennessee capitol and got a number of GOP officials to opine on some proposals that they might be willing to consider or at least permit debate on.  I was amused, sort of, by some of the Surrender Caucus saying their usual weaselly things.

I laughed out loud, though, at one passage.  This is from an article in the dead tree pulp edition of the Memphis Commercial Appeal that soiled my driveway this morning.   I did not check, but since it is probably behind their paywall, I transcribed by favorite section below.  The article has a byline by Joel Ebert of the USA Today Network.

House Speaker Beth Harwell said she was unfamiliar with the issue regarding bump stocks and wanted to study it further before reaching a decision.   “I’m certainly, with the President of the United States supporting it, it certainly makes it high profile and gives it credibility.  I’d have to study the issue a little bit more” she said.

Harwell declined to answer a question about raising the age to buy assault weapons, noting that she recently purchased one for her son.   “When that’s the only thing he wants for Christmas, what do you do, right?” she rhetorically asked.

Har har har har, hoo hoo hoo.   Journalists want to raise the age for her son to purchase the weapon she just gave him for Christmas.   Of course; this is a great answer.   It is already really hard to find good Christmas gifts for teenage sons, so, if they cannot buy the assault rifle they want, it simply goes under the Christmas tree.  Win-win!

Representative Harwell is running for governor of Tennessee.  This just makes me even more inclined favorably to her candidacy than before.   I don’t know her sons’ ages, but I have no doubt that Tennessee is a more safe place because they are armed.

 

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7 thoughts on “Assault rifles age limit helps Christmas shoppers”

  1. As an aside, I didn’t know you lived in TN MJB! I loved attending school in Nashville; wish I’d been smart enough to buy a home there after graduation. It’s just a beautiful and vibrant city. BTW, is Loveless Cafe still in existence? I went to brunch there nearly every Sunday during my collegiate years.

    Anyway, my point was that raising the age limit to 21 for gun ownership is yet another useless waste of legislative time. If you’re mentally unstable at age 18, it’s likely things won’t improve in three years.

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  2. Well, if you are mentally unstable at age 17, at least you won’t be able to purchase your assault rifle until you are too old to sneak into your old school without being challenged.   And perhaps by the time you reach age 21 you will be tired of self medicating with pot and mystery pills and get yourself some real treatment, or, perhaps by then you will have killed yourself without harming others.   I don’t know.  The sorts of mental disturbance that drive shooters is foreign to me.

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  3. Yes, the Loveless is still there, and they are trying really hard to keep it unchanged and maintain the quality and charm.  They have had troubles, though, on account of being so popular makes it difficult to pretend to be an out-of-the way place.

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  4. I don’t think that the young men with “issues” are growing out of them.  Raising the age is a feel-good action with no real benefit.

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  5. Phil Turmel:
    I don’t think that the young men with “issues” are growing out of them.  Raising the age is a feel-good action with no real benefit.

    Probably.  There is an outside chance that if delayed in some horrible scheme, the troubled youngster might get steered into real treatment, or there may be some other outcome that is preferable to a mass shooting.  This would be, at best, a delaying action, and should be considered a very indirect approach to the problem.  The energy on addressing the problem should be spent elsewhere, but this might be a point on which Surrender Caucus politicians can seek “middle ground,” so I expect to hear a great deal more about it.

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  6. The problem with raising the age is two-fold. If someone isn’t mature enough to drink or purchase a weapon until 21, then they can’t be mature enough to vote, serve on a jury, or be eligible for selective service either. The age of majority should be uniform for all things. That is at least a resolvable problem by applying consistency to our reasoning of who is an adult.

    The larger problem is this is another signal that adolescence is being extended, not because people younger than 18 are physically/mentally/emotionally incapable of acting like adults, but because they are choosing to be (and society encourages them to be) irresponsible well past the point any previous culture had allowed their youth to claim to be children incapable of acting for themselves without supervision. This continued infantilization of those who should be functioning adults imposes social costs on us all and does not bode well for the long-term strengthening, defense, and perpetuation of western civilization. Pajama boy is ascendant.

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