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Should 18-year-olds be allowed to legally purchase guns?

  • It's a right not a privilege.

    Firstly, I'd like to address many of the misled points in the "NO" section. A developing frontal cortex has little bearing on whether or not someone makes responsible decisions. A developing frontal cortex means that a person's brain still has room to grow to accept a larger mental work load. Decisions are made on a basis of self experience, Facts and the socially acceptable option. The mass shootings done by young people are people who wouldn't make very good decisions in any other aspect of their life. On the contrary, There's millions of young adults making names for themselves and doing great things, Coming up with solutions to problems that older people haven't solved. Voting is way more important than owning a gun. Voting determines if people can own guns, So giving the right to vote before the right to own a gun is putting the power of your freedom in the hands of people who don't even understand what keeps them free. Cars kill way more people than guns. But the gun because its intent is mainly to kill is somehow inherently evil. Well let me tell you, There's many people I would trust to own a gun more than drive. Frankly a persons responsibility with a gun is completely different from someone's responsibility behind the wheel. There's some prevalent notion that one type of gun is less dangerous than another. Well they're all guns, They're all equally dangerous. However, Here's an interesting titbit, More people are killed with. 22LR than only other type of bullet. Guess what the smallest common bullet size is? That's right. 22LR. You know how many people are killed by. 50BMG each year. Probably none but we can say like 5. The size and design of a gun is irrelevant to deadliness. People hit clay pigeons at 500 yards with shotguns. Most people shooting a rifle can hardly hit 500 yards accurately. Frankly deadliness is a result of the person and not the gun. A person can go on stabbing sprees as deadly as American mass shootings. But the 22 people killed in a stabbing spree in Japan was less dangerous than sand hook, Or Parkland apparently. You want to lower violence, But then the world continues to ignore important things like horrible mental health care access. Gun violence is a symptom of a more serious problem.

  • YES we shoudld

    Young people are losing there lives while unarmed. In my situation, My brother got killed at 15 by a 21 year old while unarmed. If he had a handgun he wouldve protected himself so it is neccesary that at least 28 year olds have guns and are ready to defend themselves

  • Yes it makes sense

    If you can buy a rifle, which has a larger magazine capacity and fires a larger round than a handgun, why can't you buy a handgun. An 18 year old can go buy a Barrett which fires a 50 BMG but can't get a pistol chambered in 9mm Luger? Does no one else see the issue there?

  • Draftable Adults Should Have Constitutional Rights

    First of all, turning eighteen allows you to vote. This is a Constitutional right provided by the 26th Amendment (old enough to fight, old enough to vote). The reason that eighteen year-olds can vote is that they can be drafted, since they are adults. The 14th Amendment demands that no law be made which "deprives any person of life, liberty, or property," meaning that eighteen year-olds cannot be deprived of their 2nd Amendment rights. Some would reference alcohol, but that's not a valid comparison, as the 21st Amendment, which ended Prohibition, repealed the 18th Amendment without declaring the consumption of alcohol a Constitutional right.

  • If your old enough to enlist you should be old enough to buy a gun

    The legal age to enlist in thearmed forces is 18 years old. It does not make sense that you are old enough to fight and die for your country and yet you are not old enough to purchase a firearm. 18 year olds should be able to purchase handguns as well as rifles and shotguns, especially those who have enlisted in the military and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

  • It won't solve the problem

    Think about all the recent mass shooters. Adam Lanza took the gun from his mother, so raising the age would not have helped. Nikolaus Cruz was 19 years old, but do you really think if he bought the gun two years later, it would have helped? Stephen Paddock was 64 when he attacked the people at the Las Vegas concert, how would raising the gun-owning age to 21 have helped anything?

  • Mature Enough the be Forced the Kill...

    I'm mature enough to be forced to kill other human beings (with handguns), but not mature enough to carry a handgun for self defense. Yeah that checks out... Its a constitutional right, as legal adults we are entitled to the full benefits of the constitution that we are eligible to fight for, vote on and be tried as adults by.

  • No the age should be (minimum) 21

    So an 18 year old can buy a gun but not a beer and a cigarette . It makes absolutely no sense what so ever, it's completely useless. (on a completely un related note why is there a minimum word count???? It seems really useless/point less if you ask me)

  • Yes they should

    They should because not everyone gets expelled and goes back to shoot up there old school. Most people that get expelled should just leave and go to a different school. If they leave then no one will get hurt or anything. Yes if you get expelled you may have tons of anger but does that matter

  • Hunting and the 2nd amendment

    At the age of 18 a person can legally hunt by themselves under most state laws with any legal weapon in that state. But now if we were to change this law that hunter would be unable to engage in hunting activities on their own that require a firearm. Also don't forget the 2nd amendment right is a right granted to all citizens and at 18 the law sees an individual as a citizen. So a law that prohibits an 18 year old from owning a fire arm would be infringing upon their 2nd amendment rights. Also they are only banning 18 year olds from purchasing guns, so technically an 18 year old would still legally be able to own and possess a firearm. So yeah a loophole and if you wanted to block this loophole have fun infringing upon people's inalienable rights. Sorry if there are any inaccuracies or gramatical errors in this argument.

  • No they shouldn't

    They don't need anything for self defense at such a young age and if they get angry they can do things they don't mean such as kill things or kill themselves and their families would be devastated if that ever happened to them. They should not own any kind of gun.

  • The age to legally purchase a firearm should be 25

    18 year olds are still not responsible enough to own guns. Since the frontal lobe of the brain is still developing at the age of 18 (the part of the brain that makes smart decisions) the Eighteen year olds wouldn't be the most responsible people. Raising the age to 25 would be a way smarter move because the frontal lobes would be more developed and most 25 year olds would be more responsibe in their actions.

  • Cause guns are bad and they kill people

    Guns should not be legal. Come to Canada guns are illegal. And guns kill people and too many people have died from guns like cmon trump! The guns have got to stop so trump shouldn't be president. #kanyeforpresident2020 my vote is for Kanye west because honestly anyone could be a better president than Donald trump

  • No the age should be (minimum) 21

    So an 18 year old can buy a gun but not a beer and a cigarette . It makes absolutely no sense what so ever, it's completely useless. (on a completely un related note why is there a minimum word count???? It seems really useless/point less if you ask me)

  • No the age should be (minimum) 21

    So an 18 year old can buy a gun but not a beer and a cigarette . It makes absolutely no sense what so ever, it's completely useless. (on a completely un related note why is there a minimum word count???? It seems really useless/point less if you ask me)

  • Why should they have guns?

    !8 year olds may be able to drive but they shouldn't be able to have guns. Guns are a very big thing to deal with they give you the choice of life and death. Maybe they can have small guns but not strong guns that can cause mass murder. Also if they think they can have guns then they are going to ask for beer and wine. Then they will ask for more and more and it will never stop. It will cause a lot of issues not just now but for the future. Also what would you 18 year olds need guns for for hunting what? Tell me!!!

  • No they shouldn't

    Because they didn't finish school and decide on what career they wanted and be more experience so they can get a gun then and know how to use it because that's time they won't have any immaturity and they'll know how to use a gun right and you're not get in trouble.

  • No the age should be much higher

    Eighteen year old are still teens and for most they are only seniors. Sure they can vote and join the military but voting is their opinions and in the military they are supervised. They are not just given a gun and let loose they are trained and they are taught to make the right decision. Where as if you just let them buy a gun and they are not supervised then something like the Florida shooting might happen.

  • No the age should be much higher

    Eighteen year old are still teens and for most they are only seniors. Sure they can vote and join the military but voting is their opinions and in the military they are supervised. They are not just given a gun and let loose they are trained and they are taught to make the right decision. Where as if you just let them buy a gun and they are not supervised then something like the Florida shooting might happen.

  • No, The Age Should Be Higher

    The fact is that 18 year olds are not the most responsible people. Their front lobes are still developing, and that is the area of the brain that is responsible for making good decisions. We should move the age to legally purchase guns to 25, much like the laws to rent a car in many states.


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