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At what age should we be able to purchase a firearm?

Discussion in 'Gun-Control Issues' started by SpringerTGO, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. SpringerTGO

    SpringerTGO

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    OK,
    I've gotten beaten over the head repeatedly, because we are born with our 2a rights, and they should not be regulated by anyone.
    I'm not trolling, but since there are people who will make an argument over the government taking guns away from mentally ill people, here goes.

    So should a 6 year old be able to walk into a gun shop (even with a note from mommy) and buy a handgun?
     
  2. GlockinNJ

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    IMO, no. A person should be 18 to buy a gun. Same age as the right to vote. I also feel that a kid of any age can fire a gun under the supervision of a parent.

    Side note: a blind man in NJ (yep NJ), who had his guns taken away after a ND during cleaning was ordered by court to get his guns back.
     

  3. Jerry

    Jerry Staff Member Moderator Millennium Member

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    When he “legally” becomes a man. I believe in most states that’s 18. According to the founders it was 16.
     
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  4. IhRedrider

    IhRedrider Not a walker

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    Second on the when he becomes a free man, currently 18.
     
  5. SpringerTGO

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    Not to be argumentative, but if we are born with 2a rights, what does age have to do with it? For that matter, what business is it of the government to determine when we are "men"? Some (even mainstream) religions might call a person a man at a much earlier age.
    And if the government can decide when we are men, why can't it decide if we are too mentally impaired to own a firearm?
     
  6. Jerry

    Jerry Staff Member Moderator Millennium Member

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    In everything the forefathers wrote/said they refer to “free men”. All “men” over the age of “16” were expected to have a rifle a pound of powder and 100 shot always at the ready incase called upon to defend the “state and or country”.

    No one has put up an argument that “qualified” people cannot deem someone mentally ill. The argument is if they are deemed to be too dangerous they should not be walking the streets. In that case they ARE NOT “FREE MEN”.

    What I find utterly STUPID is the fact people will say someone is too dangerous to own firearms yet they can still obtain a drivers license, can purchase bow and arrows, gasoline, matches, fertilizer, diesel fuel…. Well you get the idea. :upeyes:
     
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  7. SpringerTGO

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    I get the idea, but are you suggesting we register fertilizer, matches, and bows and arrows?:rofl:
    Homeland Security is getting close to that, so let's hope they aren't reading your post. As it is, I've read of instances of people getting busted purchasing large quantities of fertilizer, so it's not that far off.

    And what happens to freedom of religion? What if someones religion recognizes him as a man at 13?

    From my experience, once someone is committed to a psych unit, they lose their drivers license. My friends son had to be medicated, get his Dr's permission, and re-take the driving test.
    That doesn't mean he can't/won't go off his meds though.
     
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    Jerry Staff Member Moderator Millennium Member

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    No, I’m not suggesting we register anything. What I’m saying is… how STUPID is it to want firearms taken while there are many, many other things, just as, if not more, dangerous readily available. I’m suggesting that if someone is too dangerous to have a firearm they are too dangerous to have access to anything dangerous.

    They are allowed access to things that are extremely dangerous that the government IS NOT FORBIDDEN from infringing upon, yet the one thing the government IS FORBIDDEN from infringing upon IS. MORONIC!!!!!!!!!!!

    One doesn’t need a large amount to do more damage in less time than one can do with a firearm.

    I agree that government is way out of control. But the sheep love it. Don't be a sheep, start fighting back. Write your senator. Vote the MORONS out of office.


    Exactly what religious purpose is he using a firearm for? Not allowing a BOY to purchase a firearm has nothing to do with religion. My religion uses wine as a sacrament. A child cannot buy wine but he can partake of the sacrament during the services. So you see not being able to purchase does not exclude one from practicing his/her religion.

    So which is it? He lost his driving privileges or he had to retake the test. Driving is a privilege not a right.


    And he’ll still be able to drive, buy cutting tools, gasoline, matches, fertilizer and still buy a firearm on the street from a drug dealer. Only thing is he’ll be arrested if caught with the gun. Now tell me that isn’t IDIOCRACY. :upeyes:
     
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    springer,
    What do you want? Gun control, violating the 2A? or children buying guns? Your posts are a little counter to each other.
     
  10. SpringerTGO

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    In my example of religious freedom, it had nothing to do with a minor buying a gun for religious purposes. A 13 year old is considered a man in Judiasm. So why can't a Jewish man buy a gun at age 13? Same for alcohol for that matter. That is not just age discrimination. An argument can be made for religious discrimination as well.

    In the case of the bipolar friend of mine, he lost his driving privileges when he was hospitalized.
    And you are right, driving is a privilege...... how did that come to be?
     
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    Whenever you can afford one.
     
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    I'm just pointing out that most people here are fine with some form of government control of firearms.
    I'm also pointing out that the 2A is regulated, in that we are born with 2A rights, but we don't get to exercise them until the government says it's ok.
    Of course I'm not for children buying firearms.

    And yes, I am extremely pro gun. But it seems a little hypocritical for some people to get on a bandstand and go as far as to challenge me to fights over where I might draw the line, while at the same time they want the sale of firearms regulated.
     
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    Jerry Staff Member Moderator Millennium Member

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    13 being a man for religious purposes has nothing to do with being a man for legal purposes. While the government is forbidden from infringing on his “religious” manhood he is viewed as a child by the law. Let the kid do something with serious consequences as a man and see how fast they assert he’s a child.

    How did driving become a privilege... The People let the government license it. Just like CCW turned carrying a firearm into a privilage.
     
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    G30Mike Say When!

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    Also being a man for legal purposes, what's with juveniles (12-17) being tried as adults? If they can be tried in a court of law as an adult, why couldn't they go buy a firearm or alcohol or cigarettes? Why the double standard when it comes to "lawfully being a man"?
     
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    T-Rod45 Loves The Glock

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    18 - with training

    The same age they can be trained to go to war.
     
  16. Jerry

    Jerry Staff Member Moderator Millennium Member

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    Could it be the system is FUBAR? :dunno:
     
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    That would 17 then.

    By federal law (10 U.S.C., 505), the minimum age for enlistment in the United States Military is 17 (with parental consent) and 18 (without parental consent).

    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/enlage.htm
     
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    G30Mike Say When!

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    The federal government FUBAR? I highly doubt that. They are our friends and here to keep us safe from ourselves!

    Seriously though, here in MO the age of consent, and the age you are a legal adult is 17. At 17 you can do grownup things here, like commit a crime and go to adult prison. Still a huge gray area from 17-18 though.
     
  19. T-Rod45

    T-Rod45 Loves The Glock

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    17 it is!

    Seriously though... Now that I think of it, I don't think I was nearly responsible enough at 17 for a gun... But again, with proper training, I think the average 17 year old can be responsible with a firearm.
     
  20. NEOH212

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    +1 on that! :agree: