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house Bill H.R. 5112

Should the Minimum Age to Buy a Handgun be Lowered to 18 From 21?

Argument in favor

Federal law shouldn’t prohibit adults who can vote and are between 18 and 20 years old from buying a handgun. Why should a 20 year old mother be denied the right to defend herself and her family with a handgun?

Mikaela 's Opinion
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03/16/2018
If you can join the United States Army at age of 18, you should be able to purchase a handgun at age 18.
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Karan's Opinion
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03/16/2018
If you’re old enough to fight and die for your country, if you’re old enough to participate in our democratic process, if you’re old enough to buy a house, you’re damn well old enough to the basic rights guaranteed to you under our 2nd Amendment.
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John.Nutt's Opinion
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03/16/2018
If all you lefties out there think there is a “rape culture” going on in colleges then let college girls be able to protect themselves.
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Argument opposed

Lowering the federal minimum age to buy a handgun from 21 to 18 years old would increase gun violence. Being eligible to vote at 18 doesn’t mean a person is responsible enough to own a handgun.

Larrybz's Opinion
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03/16/2018
The age should not be lowered. Maturity and judgment are well identified limits. When the drinking age was raised to 21, many of the deaths related to drinking were reduced. This is just common sense. Nothing in the 2nd amendment references an age.
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Sarah's Opinion
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03/16/2018
No, the frontal lobe of the brain is predisposed to impulsive behavior in adolescence which extends into early 20s. The younger you are (below 25) the more likely you are to make impulsive decisions due to this phase of development.
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Donald 's Opinion
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03/16/2018
Are you kidding? Have you seen the news? Gun control is needed so crazy, immature, and people with anger issues cannot get a gun and harm others. As we see with the rise of school shootings, it is the under 21’s that shouldn’t have guns. I have been in the army for 12 years, I have hunted my whole life and am a gun owner. Responsible people will not agree on lowering the age limit.
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2018
    If you can join the United States Army at age of 18, you should be able to purchase a handgun at age 18.
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    The age should not be lowered. Maturity and judgment are well identified limits. When the drinking age was raised to 21, many of the deaths related to drinking were reduced. This is just common sense. Nothing in the 2nd amendment references an age.
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    No, the frontal lobe of the brain is predisposed to impulsive behavior in adolescence which extends into early 20s. The younger you are (below 25) the more likely you are to make impulsive decisions due to this phase of development.
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    If you’re old enough to fight and die for your country, if you’re old enough to participate in our democratic process, if you’re old enough to buy a house, you’re damn well old enough to the basic rights guaranteed to you under our 2nd Amendment.
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    We need fewer guns not more.
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    If all you lefties out there think there is a “rape culture” going on in colleges then let college girls be able to protect themselves.
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    Are you kidding? Have you seen the news? Gun control is needed so crazy, immature, and people with anger issues cannot get a gun and harm others. As we see with the rise of school shootings, it is the under 21’s that shouldn’t have guns. I have been in the army for 12 years, I have hunted my whole life and am a gun owner. Responsible people will not agree on lowering the age limit.
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    NRA would say if you can walk you can carry a gun? Others would say if you can walk you can drink. If you lower you standard low enough, you will meet it.
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    Absolutely not. 18 year olds are still in High School a lot of the time. The amount of maturing that occurs between 18 and 21 is huge. Purchasing any gun should require that you be 21 years old. If you want to have a gun so badly, and aren’t 21, join the military or police and be trained to use them appropriately. Glad to see politicians concerning themselves with this instead of actually passing meaningful, common sense gun laws that the majority of this country want (sarcasm).
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    NOOOO. Rep Massie-KY, the state that gives us child marriage, now argues that every angry teen across the country should legally buy a handgun. Suicide rates among teen boys are 4 times higher than girls. 1300 teen Boys took their own lives last year, mostly by gun. Rep Massie, do you have No Shame?! Your NRA is showing! ☠️ 3/20/18 Today, 17 year old came to HS and started shooting. Is it enough yet?! When then?!
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    No! Stop sucking at the tit of the NRA and start protecting us from the insanity of killing our children. The times they are a’changing so get onboard or you will be left in the dirt!
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    We are a nation of laws and state regulated militias, not warlords and private militias. Raise the minimum age for the purchase of ALL firearms. Include a waiting period of at least one week (one month would be better). Include a buy-back and ban of ALL semiautomatic weapons (both small arms and long guns), and ban large capacity magazines (6 rounds maximum) for revolvers and bolt, pump, and lever action long guns.
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    Oh, hell no!! Why even ask this question? There is no way that we should lower the age to purchase a handgun from 21 down to 18!! This is pure stupidity!!
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    If you want to use a gun at 18 join the military, serve your country & Learn the correct way to use fire arms
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    As some have mentioned, we should raise the age to be able purchase a handgun to at least 30. That should eliminate all the criminals from purchasing weapons except for the fact that they don’t buy their weapons legally, they usually get them illegally.
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    If you are old enough to vote then you are old enough to have every right included in the bill of rights! That includes the second amendment!
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    You can not restrict the 2nd amendment rights of law abiding adults.
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    Hell yes, and ALL weapons!!!
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    I’d be happy to wait an extra 3 years to purchase a handgun, along with any other firearm. At 17, I recognize that myself and my peers are nowhere near emotionally stable enough to possess weapons such as these. Alongside concerns over age, I’d like to add on to a point someone else touched upon - a significant portion of gun deaths are from suicides. When you attempt suicide with a gun, you’re more likely to succeed the first try. When the first attempt fails, many people don’t try a second time - but when you use a gun, you don’t often get that second chance.
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    Absolutely not! The brain is not developed to make good decisions at18, nor even at 21. With daily mass murders, only the NRA iwould like the idea of putting more guns on the street to pretend that more guns equals less gun violence—that’s nothing short of insane to do the same thing over and over and expect different results. Noone needs a war weapon to protect their homes for protection In public, nor with which to hunt. There’s a reason the USA leads the world in gun deaths.
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