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senate Bill S. 3171

Should People Under Age 16 be Banned From Possessing or Using Assault Weapons?

Argument in favor

There’s never a need for a person under the age of 16 to possess an assault weapon. It should be illegal for someone so young to ever have one in their possession, even at a firing range.

Katherine's Opinion
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07/26/2016
You can't drive until you're 16, why should you be able to use a gun? Both are deadly and require a level of responsibility. Why are we ok with limiting the driving age, age of consent, and drinking age, but not the age at which a child can use something only intended to kill another human being?
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Haley's Opinion
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07/26/2016
People are against this because it won't allow their children to hunt. In what place in the United States do you need a machine gun to kill a deer?
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Melissa's Opinion
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07/26/2016
What in the world does a child (not to mention any person) need an assault weapon for? Please, enlighten me.
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Argument opposed

This bill would wrongly revoke the ability of parents to teach their children about responsible gun ownership while using many of the most popular models of rifles, pistols, and shotguns.

Jaden's Opinion
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07/26/2016
The AR-15, the firearm that gun control supporters most often call an “assault weapon,” is the most popular rifle on the market today, accounting for one-fourth of all rifles manufactured in the United States. AR-15s are commonly kept for protection, home defense, they’re the most widely used rifle in marksmanship competitions and formal training, they’re widely used for recreational shooting, and they’re commonly used for hunting. Americans acquire roughly a million new AR-15s every year, in addition to large numbers of comparable semi-automatic rifles. Magazines that hold more than 10 rounds are standard equipment for semi-automatic handguns commonly owned and carried for self-defense, as well as for rifles like the AR-15. The ownership of firearms that gun control supporters call “assault weapons” and ammunition magazines they call “large” have risen to all-time highs, the nation’s murder rate has fallen to an all-time low, and total violent crime has fallen to a 44-year low. Gun control supporters have been predicting for about a quarter-century that increased ownership of these firearms and magazines would cause crime to rise, the same thing they said about increased ownership of handguns during the 1970s and 1980s. In both instances, gun control supporters were obviously wrong. Putting "Machine gun" and "Assault weapon" under the same bill is trying to paint them as the same type of gun. A "machine gun" or automatic rifle, for those of you (the legislator that drafted this bill) that have never purchased a gun, or tried to buy a gun, is already illegal for a 16 year old to purchase unless they have a class 3 License. They have to be at least 21, and that isn't the only requirement. A 16 year old statistically can cause more damage getting behind the wheel of a car than they can owning a semi automatic weapon for self defense or hunting.
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Semaje's Opinion
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07/26/2016
I'm from Alabama. In rural areas teens hunt, protect animals from predators, intruders etc. even though I wouldn't allow my own pre adolescent children to use firearms, I can't support legislation that would take that right from others that need it.
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pgshpak's Opinion
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07/26/2016
Generally speaking, I think it's silly to bring a minor to a gun range and give them an assault rifle. Generally speaking, I also am not in the business of telling people how to raise their kids. The government shouldn't be either.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJuly 12th, 2016
    Absolutely not. Learning firearm safety at a young age is a life saving skill. With proper supervision and training a young person can safely learn to protect themselves and their families. Firearms training should be brought back to public school as it once was.
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    Simple, no one should own an assault rifle...including children. (it disturbs me that this is a question)
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    My dad, by the time he was 6 years old, could clean his father's gun. He was taught how to shoot, hunt, etc and has used that skill most of his life. Shame on this generation for not passing on that knowledge and making the suggestion of this bill even necessary. Children should be taught respect and use of firearms to protect themselves and their loved ones, and the valuable skill of hunting.
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    This should be a parental decision not a government decision.
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    I don't understand how one would even regulate this. It's already illegal under federal law for a licensed dealer to sell a gun to someone under 18. If we're worried about unlicensed dealers and private sales, let's deal with that in a more comprehensive manner.
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    Why 16 years old? When every household has had assault rifles laying around the home for years. I remember my mother yelling at my 7 year old brother who was showing my 5 year brother the art of breaking down his AR15. There were parts all over the kitchen table. And the whole family kept our AR15 mounted on the wall, ceiling to floor. And naturally all rifles were set to full automatic. You never knew when those wild coyotes would attack. Once I was attached by a flock of geese. Thankfully, my mom and younger brother used their assault rifles to save me. So now every reader can understand why I'm pro 2A. Nobody wants to face Canada geese without an assault rifle on full automatic. Wish I had time to outline an attack of rapid bats. I went through lots of rounds that night. Thankfully, I had the sense to take my AR15 while spelunking. I'm so happy that my family are not Socialists like that neighbor down the street. They were anti-AR15 Democrats. Yes, were! Attacked by a herd of raccoons and eaten to the bone. No protection at all. Those raccoons even hauled off the refrigerator in the back of their BMW. So again, I support my gun rights. I also support the Constitution. My household, like my parents, is prepared for ISIS or an Obamacare attack.
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    All citizens deserve the right to protect themselves, regardless of age
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    Says who? For what reason? Why do people keep clamoring for more government control? Without the 1st and 2nd Amendment, what do we have left to defend ourselves from tyranny?
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    That's not a govt decision; that's a parental one. And again! What is an assault rifle?
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    It's not about ownership, if you're under 18 you can't anyways! It's about keeping kids from using particular guns under adult supervision, it sounds nice because they added things that sound like we need! We do!!! But we have them already! If you're under 18 you can't buy, or sell, or transfer, or be loaned a gun, any gun, but you can go to a shooting range with your mom or dad, and be handed the gun and allowed to fire it, and I hope in a very safe manner, this will prevent kids at shooting ranges. That is an easy choice for the parent. And reading some about assault weapons, they are sadly to say, very kid friendly, because in a military form they are fully automatic, which means when you only shoot one round at a time as a Simi automatic, they are accurate and don't "kick back" as much (compared to bolt action rifles). Sure I only played with BB guns growing up, so this wouldn't have applied to me, but I do know it really helped my hand-eye coordination (as long as I didn't put out an eye) so even if guns aren't your thing, keeping kids away from them isn't going to solve much. And might even make it worse. Imagine a kid is with their dad and he hands them the gun safely, keeping it pointed down range, just for one shot at a paper target... That could be a 10 year sentence, which is good since when he gets out they can target practice together legally... If you're upset that low lever drug dealers get years in prison for selling pot, think of parents that take their kids target practicing at a shooting range getting prison time for a hobby. Target shooting is an Olympic sport, and the kids could grow up to being gold medalists.
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    Why does a 16 year old need a assault weapon?
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    Idiotic. Even at a range! It's like not letting a kid have a beer before 21. What happens on their birthday? They go nuts. Kids under 16 should be taught to respect weapons long before this by their parents.
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    My daughter enjoys target practice with me. You want to take those father daughter memories too?
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    Nope
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    This makes no sense. They already can't purchase these weapons. And can we please stop calling rifles assault rifles, for all you people that read this, know that you lose a lot of credibility when you use that term, it shows you have absolutely no working knowledge of firearms
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    Keeping aside the fact that assault weapons are utterly ridiculous and completely unneeded, no one under the age of 18 should even be "playing" with guns. Seriously, America, what the heck is with our gun fixation?! Can we have a book fixation instead? Books don't kill people.
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    This legislation is a solution looking for a problem. I looked at the data on people under the age of 16 being killed or injured by these weapons and I was unable to find any data that indicated that there is a need for this legislation.
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    I think only those over 18 with a training course, licensing requirements, and a background check should have an assault weapin.
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    16 year olds can't buy weapons like this and you have to be supervised at a gun range anyways. This law would be extremely difficult to enforce as regular people shoot guns at targets on rural land all the time. Really I think this bill would cause more problems than it would help.
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    It is a family or State issue it has nothing to do with the federal government, but out!, you have your own work, stop infringing and trying to do someone else work!!!
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