Dear MEL Topic Readers,
Florida governor calls for gun sale age to be raised to 21 after Parkland shooting
New initiatives have been announced by the governor of the state where 17 students and staff members were slain on Valentin’s Day in a high school. As you probably know, people are legally allowed to purchase, own and use guns in the U.S. Federal law prohibits the possession of a handgun or ammunition by any person under the age of 18 but provides no minimum age for long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, which are thought to be used for hunting animals and birds, not humans.
After the tragic massacre, the governor of Florida, who claims himself a father and grandfather, announced that he urges the state lawmakers to discuss and take the two proposed actions swiftly. One of them is to raise the age for gun purchase from 18 to 21, like some other states did some time ago. It sounds like a minimum age for driving to that for drinking. Another action is to strengthen the restrictions for mentally ill persons to buy guns. So, as of now, a mentally unstable high school student or dropout can buy guns and ammunition now, without being asked how the guns are going to be used.
Read the article and watch the video and think what it would take to have an armed kid drop the weapon in America.