Rep. Massie’s Fight to Restore Second Amendment Freedoms

Self-defense is a God-given and inalienable right protected in our U.S. Constitution. Yet, if you are under eighteen, our federal laws keep you from arming yourself with a handgun in preparation for fulfilling that duty. If harm comes calling, why should your ability to defend yourself or your loved ones be restricted because of your age when you are a legal adult? 

Part of the Gun Control Act of 1968, passed by Congress, placed into law the requirement that a person be twenty-one years of age to legally purchase a handgun. This leaves many individuals unprotected, some whom would benefit the most from the added force that a handgun could provide. For example, girls under the age of 21 attending college. With the rising rate of forcible sex offences on college campuses we should be intent on helping, not hindering, their ability to defend themselves at all times. A handgun in a purse is much closer than a security guard a phone call and quarter of a mile away.

Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties. 1. Those who fear and distrust the people, and wish to draw all powers from them into the hands of the higher classes. 2dly those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe, althonot the most wise depository of the public interests.

~Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Henry Lee, August 10th, 1824

Thomas Jefferson was truly far seeing because, as stated in his quote above, the two sides in the gun control debate always come down to trusting the power and safety of individuals to the people or an all-powerful government. Because these opposing viewpoints have been held by people throughout history, the fight to protect guns for the use of self-defense is not one that will likely be over soon.

Ever in the pursuit of freedom, Liberty for All-endorsed Representative Thomas Massie from Kentucky filed a bill in late February that would lower the required age to buy a handgun to eighteen. Rep. Massie entitled HR 5112 the “Second Amendment for Every Registerable Voter” (SAFER Voter) Act. Massie’s bill would allow anyone of voting age to legally purchase a handgun, which is the preferred choice to carry for self-defense. If passed, this will be a good step forward in the ongoing fight to protect our Second Amendment right to self-defense.