Guns

What Could Go Wrong?

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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

For some unknowable reason, the Iowa House of Representatives has passed a bill that would remove all age requirements for using handguns.

Conservative lawmakers apparently feel that we don't already see an unconscionable number of children killed by other children or themselves.

State Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D) fought against the measure.

"What this bill does, the bill before us, allows for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds to operate handguns," she told local television station KCCI. "We do not need a militia of toddlers. We do not have handguns that I am aware of that fit the hands of a 1- or 2-year-old."

Adult supervision is required under the legislation but that's no comfort. Children are killed by guns every single day while under the supposed supervision of adults. Adults are not infallible.

Making it legal to teach small children how to use easily concealed guns is asking for more death.

  • Badgerite

    These people are hopeless. Their answer to everything is guns.

  • Scopedog

    For some unknowable reason, the Iowa House of Representatives has passed a bill that would remove all age requirements for using handguns.

    What in the blue f#@!…..and yet, we still hear about how both parties are the same. Christ.

  • muselet

    To think, this man is an elected representative in Iowa:

    Statehouse Republicans, including the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jake Highfill, said the the legislation was an issue of parents’ rights designed to correct “an injustice in Iowa code” that now forbids children 14 and younger from handling pistols.

    Highfill said his measure would bring the law on children’s use of handguns in line with regulations for shotguns and rifles, which don’t restrict the age of children using them under parental supervision. Current Iowa law makes it a felony for a parent or guardian to allow a child younger than 14 to handle a pistol. Older children may do so with supervision.

    “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 Washington Post on Wednesday. The alternative, he said, is “turning 18 with no experience.”

    Please notice that Jake Highfill does not want kids to learn to respect the destructive power of guns, but rather that kids learn “the respect that a gun commands.” Either him not talking English good, or he really wants kids to learn how intimidating a firearm is to sane people.

    Also notice that current Iowa law allows children older than 14 to handle handguns with adult supervision. The alternative to this insane bill isn’t “turning 18 with no experience,” it’s turning 15 and getting three years of experience with firearms before one’s 18th birthday. Him no count good, neither.

    And if it’s “an injustice in Iowa code” for kids under 14 to be prevented from handling handguns, then it must be downright tyrannical for kids to have to wait until they’re 16 to drive or 21 to drink alcohol. I’m sure Highfill and his fellow gun-humpers will get right to work on rectifying those terrible flaws in Iowa law.

    These people are barking mad.

    –alopecia

    • Please notice that Jake Highfill does not want kids to learn to respect
      the destructive power of guns, but rather that kids learn “the respect
      that a gun commands.”

      Nice catch. I hadn’t noticed that. Chilling.

      • muselet

        Let me admit right up front that mine is a somewhat unfair reading of what Jake Highfill said. I’m fairly certain he meant to say that guns must be handled carefully and that kids who are around guns should learn that early on.

        That said, “the respect that a gun commands” is a weird—and telling—turn of phrase. I can’t imagine he’d say that about any other inanimate object that can hurt someone.

        “Allowing people to learn at a young age the respect that a table saw commands is one of the most important things you can do.”

        “Allowing people to learn at a young age the respect that a car commands is one of the most important things you can do.”

        “Allowing people to learn at a young age the respect that a 9-inch chef’s knife commands is one of the most important things you can do.”

        No one would say those things. They don’t make sense.

        And gun nuts wonder why we call them things like “gun nuts.”

        –alopecia

  • GrafZeppelin127

    I wish I could feel sorry for the future victims of this idiocy, but I can’t.

  • Georgie
  • ninjaf

    Just when you think Teh Stupid™ can’t get any worse…