Insane Bill Would Allow Kids Under 14 to Use Handguns – What Is Wrong With People?!

gunIt seems like nearly every other week we hear about a child accidentally shooting a friend or family member, but such stories apparently weren't enough to stop lawmakers in Iowa from approving a bill that would allow children under the age of 14 to possess handguns. That's right: Kids. With real guns.


Approved Tuesday by 62-36 vote, the measure would "allow children 14 or younger to possess a pistol, revolver or the ammunition" under parental supervision -- if it's passed by the Iowa state Senate.

And that's an "if" many lawmakers are rightfully horrified by. On the house floor, Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D) said, "We do not need a militia of toddlers"; Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D) concurred, saying, "Logically, this bill is ridiculous." 

While it would seem that every thinking individual would agree with these politicians, other influential types, including the bill's sponsor, Rep. Jake Highfill (R), say that the bill is designed to protect parents' rights by addressing "an injustice in Iowa code” that currently makes it illegal for kids under 14 to handle pistols (kids of all ages are allowed to use rifles and and shotguns at present).

“Allowing people to learn at a young age the respect that a gun commands is one of the most important things you can do,” Highfill told the Huffington Post.

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As a mom, I agree that kids should respect guns at a young age -- but by "respect," I mean "stay the hell away from." I'm not saying there aren't certain circumstances when it might be okay -- for instance, I once allowed my kids to shoot rifles at a target while we were on vacation at a ranch, and it was under the supervision of an instructor -- but having their own handguns is an entirely different matter. There have just been so many stories of children shooting and killing people in their own homes while innocently playing with their parents' guns, and while I'm sure the people supporting this bill would argue that if those kids knew how to properly handle guns, these accidents probably wouldn't have happened, it seems like more of a sure thing to say that if there were no guns around, these accidents definitely wouldn't have happened.

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But really, this isn't even about gun control per se. This bill has nothing to do with adults owning guns, which is a completely different issue. This has to do with common sense. Kids shouldn't given things that they can kill other people with. Kids are kids. They've only recently mastered such skills as tying their own shoes and making toast. The concept of kids possessing guns is completely pointless ... but worse than that, it's extremely dangerous.

Even Rep. Art Staed (D), a hunter who openly supports the Second Amendment, called the bill a "public health threat." 

"I would not allow my children to have access to guns," he said.



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