Several months ago...at some gun show in Massachusetts....some dad handed a Uzi machine gun to his 8-year old kid to fire at a gun show. The kid didn't expect power of the gun, and it came right up and the kid accientally shot himself in the head. It was a stupid incident and purely an accident. At the time, I expected gun shows to tighten the screws a little but no real gun law changes.
This past week....the Connecticut Senate approved a law that would ban children under 16 years old from handling or shooting machine guns.
I kinda sat there....looking at pretty serious topic, and then half-laughing at this measure. Why pick "16 years old"....why not 18? Why only machine guns?
Then we have this quote from the political hack who pushed for the law (Senate President Donald E. Williams Jr): "For a young person, a minor, to handle an automatic weapon ... it's like saying that it's OK to pick up a rattlesnake and that it is somehow going to be safe. It's not going to be safe and it should not be legal and I would think that a lot of folks would be shocked that there was not a law".
My question in this case...why not pass a law that accompanies this one...saying no kid under 16 should handle a rattlesnake? Shouldn't the same deal apply?
I'm pretty sure we haven't heard the last of this episode.
The curious thing...I've only been to three gun shows in my life. At the front of each one of these...there was a card or sign to say only kids sixteen and above could handle or pick-up weapons during the show. These were in Texas and Louisiana in the mid 1980s. There was a common sense element in place already at that time. Maybe things have changed and little kids can pick up anything....or maybe up in New England...things are different.
An associate of mine went through Army bootcamp and infantry training back in the 1980s. They had some kid who'd never handled a gun in his life....eighteen years old....and he went nuts with the gun. The instructor clobbered the kid and prevented any serious injuries.
In this case...I hate seeing political folks running around and making a bunch of extra laws that may not be necessary. Now that we have the machine gun law....why not have the rattlesnake law too? And while all this is going on...they still won't discuss the topic of dog control or dog attacks. That's my world.