I see where Fla. Gov. Scott wants to make it illegal to purchase a firearm if you are under 21.
Florida’s Republican governor is calling for a range of measures that aim to prevent shootings like the one that occurred last week in Parkland, Fla., where 17 students and staff were killed.
In a news conference Friday in Tallahassee, Rick Scott said he wants new laws and programs that fall into three categories: gun laws, school safety and mental health.
He did not ask for any specific weapons to be banned and more than once mentioned that he is a member of the National Rifle Association.
“I know there are some who are advocating a mass takeaway of Second Amendment rights for all Americans,” Scott said. “That is not the answer. Keeping guns away from dangerous people and people with mental issues is what we need to do.”
Here’s what he called for in Florida:
▪ People under 21 will be banned from buying or possessing firearms, with some exceptions for military and law enforcement.
▪ A ban on the sale or purchase of bump stocks.
▪ $450 million for a safe schools initiative, which will put a law enforcement officer in every public school — at least one officer for each 1,000 students. He does not believe arming teachers is a solution.
▪ Money from this program will also be used to fund “school-hardening” measures such as metal detectors, bulletproof glass, steel doors and upgraded locks.
▪ Hiring more mental health counselors for schools.
▪ A program called Violent Threat Restraining Order, which provides a method for courts to prevent people with mental illness or who have made threats of violence from purchasing or possessing guns after a family member or law enforcement officer files a sworn request and shows evidence that a person presents a threat of violence and should not have access to guns.
▪ Create a “see something, say something” hotline, website and mobile app to report concerns.
▪ Mandatory active shooter drills at all schools.
Is the basis that someone under 21 is too immature to handle a gun?
If so, is someone under 21 to immature to intelligently make a decision in an election and should voting age be raised to 21 also?
Further, at 18, people are considered mature enough to be sent to adult penitentiaries as criminals. Should we raise the age for adult criminal conduct to 21 as well and send those under 21 to juvenile facilities?
How does one decide what someone is mature enough to do?
Please give me an objective measure so “children” between 18 and 21 (who can enlist in the military and risk their lives for us, by the way, they are apparently mature enough for that, not to mention using rifles, handguns and larger as military) can know what they are mature enough to do.
I recall a prior facebook posting from someone that in 1944, 18 year olds were parachuting into and landing on Normandy (and Pacific Islands from Guadalcanal in 1942 forward) but in 2017, 18 year olds need a safe space. What has happened to America?