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  •  Gerri, I looked at the age of Cho, Loughner (5+ / 0-)

    and contemplated the average teen/20-something mindset.
    I want less of the hormonal years, less of the "you dissin' me?" years, more of the "forget about you, you're not worth the bullet" maturity.

    I don't dismiss your past.  Nor would I seek to prosecute that girl who fired through the closet door at a home invader a couple of months ago.  It wasn't her gun, she wasn't playing, and she was in jeopardy.

    With an alcoholic parent, and a depressed parent, I self-raised from age 11 onward, piloted a fishing boat offshore by age 16, weathering two major storms en-route to homeport before age 18.
    When at dock I drank with the fishermen, having the look of someone older.  "Of age" was 18.

    I can't "legislate" for the exceptional, except where they seek LEO employment.  I can legislate in a fashion similar to alcohol use, and raise the age to (hopefully) develop more mature purposes, and/or give society a chance to find out who these (young white men) are.  If you're off-the-rails by age 21, or 23 then we don't give you access to purchasing a firearm.
    Coupled with the mental health reporting improvements, I'm hoping to prevent youthful angst from becoming national headlines.

    I'm sausage-making at-best.

    • would you be willing to allow (4+ / 0-)
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      PavePusher, KenBee, 43north, Joy of Fishes

      mandatory training in firearm safety and exposure for our children, say 10 yrs and up?  Would parents be guilty of child abuse if they taught their children like my father taught us? Wait, scratch some of that, I was put into a foster home because he beat me a little to thoroughly while drunk once.

      In referencing his mandatory training that we know how to use, load, clean and shoot all firearms he kept in the house? Would that be illegal under your guidelines? If so, how will that work for those families in Alaska that do hunt for survival? Or anyone that chooses said lifestyle, the Amish for example?

      My father did buy my older sister a 12 gauge when she turned 10.  So that would be illegal? Would it also be considered "child abuse"?

      Don't we have the right to impart our own values upon our progeny? Or must those values now be regulate and approved of beforehand?

      Personally, I'd love it when it came to certain "religious" teachings but hey that just me.

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 11:48:08 PM PST

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      •  I endorse youth firearm safety education. (2+ / 0-)
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        Joy of Fishes, gerrilea

        As sex-ed, doesn't lead to teen pregnancy, gun safety doesn't lead to dozens of little Rambos.

        I've stated my case, and made an exception for possession in the company of a mature adult, while bearing a hunting license.  That license requires hunter safety education, a component of which is firearms education.

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