Dodgeball, Little Red RIding Hood and Kinder surprises have all been banned in parts of America because of potential harm to children, yet children can get gun licenses?
Hi! Responsible (and liberal) gun owner here!
I agree that banning all three of those things (LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD REALLY? KINDER EGGS? DODGEBALL COME ON) seems a little silly in comparison to those kids owning guns. I mean. Those 3 things were staples of my childhood. What even! This is ridiculous. (Although as a victim of dodgeball holy shit, that fucking game can STAY banned, but the other two, really? Pfffft no).
I would like to point out a few things. This add is targeted specifically at assault weapons, on which the ban in America has expired. It doesn’t look like its coming back. Trust me when I say that I am really not happy about that. TBH, I don’t think anyone needs to any sort of assault weapon. How the fuck is bambi going to kill you so bad you need an assault rifle to kill it? No. The point isn’t that all guns should be banned, its that assault rifles should be banned again. Just—yeah. Fine print. Woo. Anyway.
That being said—No, sorry OP, but kids really really cannot get firearms licenses. It is in fact illegal to sell to a minor, or sell to someone you suspect is going to give a minor a gun. Granted, that law is really fucking lax, to the point that for some reason we have firearms that are MARKETED to kids (why exactly?) even though its illegal for them to own ‘em. Boggles my fucking mind. I think there is already action being taken though to get that stopped. (Good).
IDK why I wrote this except like, no, just so no one thinks we’re THAT fucking crazy, we really don’t allow kids to get a firearms license. lNot quite sure how the whole hunting season thing works, because I KNOW that teenagers go hunting but IDK how that works because I never did it. (We use target shooting as a form of stress relief, and we live in a bad area, so the handgun IS for in
But there’s only so much you can do to monitor what people do in their own homes. Unless we go big brother style with wall-sized tv screens that also monitor all the shit in your house so that you can be reported if you start showing little jimmy how to safely handle a gun and make sure there isn’t a round in the chamber, etc.
I’m not really chomping at the bit to do that though.
I don’t know the answer. I DO believe that Assault Rifles should be banned. But I have no idea what the answer is to make it harder for kids to get their hands on guns. Gun control only works so far. Laws only work so far.
And kids can go hunting and shoot at ranges so long as there is a responsible adult to handle the transport and safety of the guns, and directly supervise and instruct the kids. I’m an advocate of intense, prolonged training. ”Kids having guns” isn’t the problem, it’s unsupervised, untrained kids (adults too, really) with no respect for, and ignorance of the power, responsibility, and danger of guns that is the problem.