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.