What Could Go Wrong?

SK Ashby
Written by SK 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.