Scandal-ridden NRA should be constructive: Butt out of Florida age limit on rifles | Editorial

Scandal-ridden NRA should be constructive: Butt out of Florida age limit on rifles | Editorial

The National Rifle Association is appealing a court ruling upholding the Florida law that prevents people under 21 from buying long guns, including assault-style weapons. Never mind that the law arose from a collective wail of pain after the nation’s deadliest mass high school shooting killed 17 and injured another 17 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 2018. Accused shooter Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was 19 when authorities say he bought a semi-automatic AR-15 style rifle at a Coral Springs gun shop to slaughter the victims. His motive? No one but Cruz knows for sure. And so far, no one has come up with a reasonable prevention plan to stop the next Nikolas Cruz, least of all the NRA, a group plagued by financial scandal and declining membership . That’s the group whose longtime, disturbing stance on mass shootings has been to get guns in the hands of everyone — so many guns in so many hands that hordes of people theoretically would pull out a firearm to stop some kook from unloading multiple magazines into high school classrooms. Fighting gun violence with more gun violence seems unlikely to prevent gun violence — does that really have to be said? — and prevention ought to be the goal of sensible people. The NRA almost immediately challenged the Florida ban on sales to young adults, claiming postponement of such firearms purchases is “a categorical burden on the fundamental right [of young adults] to keep and […]

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