Teenagers, get ready to grab a gun in Missouri
The Kansas City Star
Going the wrong way on guns, Missouri wants to put more on the streets of Kansas City and other parts of the state.
Gee, what could go wrong?
A new bill introduced in the General Assembly would drop the age someone can carry a gun in the state from 21 to 19.
This is part of Missouri’s race to the bottom on gun control. Just two years ago, Missouri approved a bill dropping the age to carry a gun from 23 to 21.
To be clear, several states do have minimum ages of 18 or 19, but 21 has been effective in a majority of states under conceal carry laws.
There’s little doubt this bill will pass in Jefferson City, where Republicans hold sway in the House and Senate. Dozens already have indicated they don’t want to follow any new federal gun control rules, should those make it out of Washington, D.C.
So the General Assembly is going to flood the state with more guns, claiming that lawmakers are putting more killing machines in the hands of their sons and daughters to fend off criminals.
It would be great if the guns were actually used for that kind of positive outcome. But as countless stories indicate, the more guns in the hands of Americans, the more senseless deaths occur, which have nothing to do with “protecting ourselves.”