The Illinois State House passed a bill late last month that will likely have legal gun owners up in arms – no pun intended . . .
The Associated Press reports Democratic Rep. Michelle Mussman sponsored a bill (HB1465) that, if signed into law, will prohibit anyone under 21-years-old from buying or even possessing “assault rifles,” high-capacity magazines, and .50-caliber rifles.
“There’s always the debate about whether or not it’s appropriate to have a discussion in the heat of the moment,” Mussman reportedly said on the House floor. “But I think that what we are seeing right now is a demand from the public that we stop kicking this down the road. That we actually do something about this.”
Imagine legally owning an item, and then one day the government decides, due to your age, you can no longer be trusted with said item. Can’t be trusted. All because some lunatic who clearly slipped through the cracks of the mental health system – not to mention several visits from law enforcement officers – used a similar item in a horrific act of violence.
There’s one important aspect to this proposal we think needs to be pointed out: Officials have stated the plan is NOT to go around door to door looking to take guns away. However, anyone age 18 to 20 years old who is caught with a banned firearm will be charged with a misdemeanor.
As if that solves the entire issue . . .
Allow us to point out another scenario that appears to further muddy-up Illinois’ proposal: Imagine enlisting in the military, where you work in the middle of war zones, and train nonstop to protect our country – and our best bet is, they aren’t doing so with feathered pillows.
Lets keep in mind that the U.S. regularly enlists 18- to 20-year-old soldiers, who are then equipped and trusted with the world’s most advanced weapons systems, many of which the average American will never seen anywhere outside of Hollywood.
Can you see where we’re going with this? What happens when that 18- to 20-year-old soldier returns home? Are we going to strip them of their military responsibilities?
This is a slippery slope legislators are riding right now, but gun owners in America truly have the most treacherous path ahead.