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Donald Baker
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I disagree with this gun store owner.  If you can be drafted into the army to use a rifle at 18, you should be able to purchase one.

https://www.wbng.com/2022/06/09/local-gun-store-reacts-new-gun-laws/

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Phidippides
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What do you think of the argument that because those in the military must be trained first, they are in a decidedly different situation than civilian 18-year-olds?  And therefore more trustworthy with firearms?

In other words, would it ever make sense for military service to be used as a condition for owning a firearm for those under 21? 


   
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Donald Baker
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So my rebuttal would be that if they are mature enough to be trained and trusted by the military, they are mature enough to be trained by their parents to own and buy firearms.  If they can purchase a car they can purchase a gun.  Simple as that.

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Phidippides
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Yes, I think that is a good point, but now a counter-argument.  There are some 18-year-olds who try but don't make it in the military and are discharged.  I have no idea how many, but I imagine there must be some who just can't handle it.  If they are not mature enough to make it in the military, isn't there a good case to be made that they aren't mature enough to purchase a gun?

I'm not sure I buy this argument, but I'm trying to flesh it out.  


   
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A parent should have the freedom to let his 15 year old kid have an AR-15. It's up to the parent, not the government.


   
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