RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel talked about support for raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel believes that raising the age to purchase a gun from 18 to 21 is “on the table” as Republicans toss out potential legislative ideas in response to last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
McDaniel said that while the top priority is to increase security in schools and the safety of students, raising the minimum age is something Republicans could support.
“We’re going to see where the conversation goes,” McDaniel told the Washington Examiner. “I think the president’s been very thoughtful in what he’s proposing. He’s listening to these parents. I think universally, we want to make sure our schools are safe. Period.”
“I don’t know. We’ll see where that goes. I think it’s on the table,” McDaniel said of raising the minimum age. “We have to look at the whole picture.”
President Trump has also backed this
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
There are a few reasons I think this is not a good solution. The first is that the age to go into the military is 18. If somebody can serve in our armed forces how can you tell them when they come home that they can’t buy a gun(besides soldiers who come back mentally impaired). The next is the fact that if 18 is when you’re an adult you should be treated as one. If Americans think 21 is when you’re an adult then the age for all adult activities should be moved to 21.