The Rifle: The Cornerstone of the Second Amendment

The Rifle: The Cornerstone of the Second Amendment

Long guns are once again squarely in the sights of activists who cherry-pick from the U.S. Constitution in order to support their agendas. Exhibit A is the current push to raise the minimum age of lawful rifle (and shotgun) ownership to 21. The only thing such a law would accomplish would be to deprive 18- to 20-year-old adults of any realistic ability to defend themselves. In nearly all cases, handguns are not an option for this demographic due to current laws. But, the criminal or terrorist who uses a gun, box truck, homemade bomb, knife, machete or anything else to attack innocent people has already chosen to disregard numerous laws. More regulations will not change their minds. As a 17-year-old Soldier having just completed Army Basic Training and Infantry School, I was in the odd position of being unable to legally own a firearm for self-protection. As far as Uncle Sam was concerned, I could hammer away at the enemy with a crew-served machine gun but thanks to the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), hunting squirrels with my own .22 LR rifle was out of the question. Fortunately my paradox was short-lived, as I soon celebrated my 18th birthday during Basic Airborne training. Under the age limits some are currently advocating, young parents, off-campus college students and hard-working 18- to 20-year olds everywhere would be left to defend themselves against armed intruders with nothing more than cell phones and pepper spray. Next up on the anti-gun Rolodex is […]

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