[The latest edition of American Rifleman arrived in the mail today. For the uninitiated that is 1 of 3 choices members of the NRA have for magazines. Jason Ouimet had the privilege of rehashing the same arguments I’ve heard for over 40 years as a gun owner, between gun grabbers and gun owners. I saw the light a couple of years ago and decided to write the NRA! Yes I realize its pointless and futile. In the end it is not about gun rights, but about fund raising.]
Dear Jason Ouimet,
I saw your article about the latest attempts of the gun grabbers. We are at a stalemate. I keep hearing the same very passionate arguments from both sides for over 40 years that I have been a gun owner. I see 2 areas that we are operating from a position of weakness:
1.) There are only 2 classifications of firearms, long guns & handguns, even though there should be at least 5.
2.) 18 yr olds should not be treated the same as a 25 yr old, when it comes to purchasing.
I realize this will fall on deaf ears, but here goes. Point 1: All firearms are not equal. I don’t see why firearms couldn’t be rated by caliber, magazine capacity, rate of fire, velocity, effective range. You know better than anyone the difference of lethality between various weapons. To classify a 3 round .410 shotgun the same as an 8 round 12 gauge pump seems ridiculous to me. To classify 2 pistols the same as the 6 shot Raven in .25 auto the same as a 17 round Taurus TH9 in 9mm. Legally those 2 pistols are treated the same. They are in fact no way similar in deadliness.
The last example leads to the second point. Many people have died because extremely young men (age 18 or not much older) have been handed the most deadly civilian firearm on the planet, the AR-15. The purchase requirements are exactly the same for a single shot .22 rim fire rifle, as they are for an AR-15. Its simply asinine to turn over to a young male whose brain science tells us won’t fully mature until age 24 or 25 the top rifle.
I don’t care if its driving, or pilots, or medicine, or you name the field, we don’t turn over to 18 year olds the ultimate responsibility. 18 yr olds can’t be cops, can’t be bus drivers, can’t be doctors, can’t be airline pilots… they first have to demonstrate ability, training, experience, and trustworthiness. (Yes I realize Congress relies on rash and immature 18 yr olds to join the military and go fight their stupid wars.)
I’m not talking about banning anything! I’m saying purchase and ownership requirements have to change. This is obvious to anybody but the NRA. I’m saying an 18 yr old should be starting out with single-shots, 3 round magazines, double barrels. A 21 yr old maybe smaller capacity handguns, pump shotguns. Then at age 25, if they have reached top qualification for all weapons, and no infractions have occurred.
In my state a 16 yr old can get a drivers license. Does that mean we hand a 16 year old the keys to a Greyhound and the lives of 80 passengers and say “Here ya go!” No of course not. Greyhound requires demonstrated training, ability and track record and a minimum age of 24.