Gun Control in the Crosshairs


Young people from Charlottesville challenge Gun Control Act of '68

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Last month something of great importance happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. Known best to the Left as a breeding ground for tiki torch wielding Neo-Nazis (all thirty or so), this little tidbit probably passed most of us by. It certainly passed me by and I like to consider myself up on the news. But between bi-monthly mass shootings, Jim Acosta being himself (a 6-year-old), Women's March slowly starting to realize it's turning anti-Semitic (Alyssa Milano is their voice of reason?!), Donald Trump's Twitter, and last but not least, a Honduran invasion force moving through Mexico, it's easy to see why. I'm not saying the above isn't important (except the President's Twitter, but it's great for a round of "Guess that Reaction") but because of it, we miss out on majorly important happenings with more humble roots. Take, for instance, two Generation Z-ers taking on federal gun law.

Both these young people want to own a gun, but because of the Gun Control Act of 1968, they're prevented from buying one. This law is something even standard Conservatives don't mention much, mostly because it was a law that was passed with bi-partisan support and has easy workarounds. In essence, American citizens under 21 cannot purchase a firearm from federally licensed dealers, such as gun stores and pawn shops. They can still carry and use them (legally, obviously) as well as buy them from private sellers, but one of the Plaintiffs, 20 year-old Tanner Hirschfield explains his issue with that. 

“Personally, I would like a handgun for self-defense and home defense; however, I would like to purchase it through the safest and most legal way because I don’t have a lot of friends out there who are able to sell me one,” Hirschfeld said in an interview with The Daily Wire. “I'd rather buy one that is new or professionally examined to ensure it is working properly.”

Keep in mind this young man also pointed out he was old enough to register for Selective Service. It's an excellent argument, but I would say his co-Plaintiff has an even better one. 18 year-old Natalia Marshall cites fear of an abusive boyfriend, and I can't blame her. Even in the case of a female with combat training, an unarmed man has a clear advantage over an unarmed woman. Elliot Harding, their lawyer in an interview with The Daily Progress, had this to say on the matter:

“The federal ban relegates young adults to an unregulated, limited market of private, personal transactions for handguns. The suit seeks to preserve equal protection of the fundamental liberty to defend oneself, as guaranteed by the Second and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States.”

This isn't the first time the Gun Control Act of 1968 was challenged. The NRA filed suit against the law in 2012, but was struck down by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision was unanimous. All three judges pointed out that it was meant to curb violent crime and that restricting certain groups from purchase doesn't violate the 2nd and 5th Amendments. They even claimed the Founding Fathers agreed with that. I wish I could talk to Ben Franklin any time I wanted like the Left seems to be able to. No points for guessing who appointed those three yahoos.

Anyway, the reason I'm putting so much emphasis on this is because people need to know. In a world populated by attention-seeking activist brats like David Hogg and Emma Gonzales that get the most screen time, young people who are pro-gun like Marshall, Hirschfield, and Kyle Kashuv are ignored, and not just by the Left news outlets. Yes, Camera Hogg and the Furiosa cosplayer are entertaining in their wrongness, but it also distracts from the pro-gun young people in this country. A lot of Millenial conservatives, and even older ones have a lot of hope for Generation Z. These expectations aren't unfounded, but we need to make sure they get attention, too. If we fail the Generation Z-ers who want to stand with us, we only give the young Left like David Hogg and Emma Gonzales, among others, all the power.