A militia of toddlers

302644152_4290bd2636_z(Leftover keeps sending these great subject lines and links, and I steal ’em all):

On Tuesday, the Iowa House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would allow children of all ages to have guns. Under parental supervision, of course. Said state Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt, who opposes the bill:

“…allows for one-year-olds, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, four-year-olds to operate handguns. We do not need a militia of toddlers.”

This is, of course, the latest attempt by gun manufacturers to grow their market.

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2 responses to “A militia of toddlers

  1. After poking around I find the law is the same here and has been for quite some time:

    Mont. Code Ann. § 45-8-344 Use of firearms by children under 14 years of age prohibited — exceptions. It is unlawful for a parent, guardian, or other person having charge or custody of a minor child under the age of 14 years to permit the minor child to carry or use in public any firearms, except when the child is accompanied by a person having charge or custody of the child or under the supervision of a qualified firearms safety instructor or an adult who has been authorized by the parent or guardian.

    I think the adult supervision exception is fairly common. Connecticut has one.

    I think that should change, looking at cases like the 9 year-old who accidentally killed her instructor with an Uzi, and the eleven year-old boy just sentenced to 8 years of detention for killing a neighbor girl because she wouldn’t let him play with her puppy. He received gun training as well. If we start looking at mishaps with guns involving young children, it begins to look like adults these days can’t be counted on to provide reasonable and responsible supervision around firearms. (The instructor who put a fully automatic Uzi into the hands of a 9 year-old girl is a perfect example. Or the case of Veronica Rutledge whose 2 year-old, while sitting in a basket at the Walmart, unzipped a compartment in Mommy’s new Concealed Carry purse and shot her dead. The list goes on.)

    “Safe gun” (???) technology might help. But not even technology can stop stupid. (Why was the safety off on Rutledge’s handgun?)

    • Yup. Every adult can’t be trusted to ensure the safety of kids. Actual risk & benefit analysis is never honestly discussed by gun advocates. It’s sick, because kids are suffering. If kids want to practice shooting (or adults want them to do this), let them use squirt guns, supersoakers, and bb guns (with parental supervision).

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