Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fourth Grade Commandos

Here is the problem we face in the gun debate.  A nine year old accidentally shoots her instructor with an Uzi, and the problem, according to gun experts, is that she was using the wrong kind of gun.  And so we will debate what sort of legislation we should have regarding gun selection for fourth graders, and some folks will oppose any legislation as unconstitutional.  And we will, again, have the wrong debate.  When a nine year old is shooting automatic weapons, legally, at least seven years before we will allow her to drive a car and nine years before we will let her vote, the question we should be asking is why?  The proper debate is over what age children should have acces to guns?  The proper conversation is about the limits we should be putting on gun ownership.