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To Vote or to Shoot. Which is More American?

Terry Murphy

Posted on February 15, 2018 19:01

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Why do mess with our voting rights but not our gun ownership rights? Is it money, in both cases?

Which is the more sacred right of Americans: Voting or owning a gun? I would argue voting, as it affects all aspects of our lives and indeed could affect the latter right.

Given that, it's interesting that federal law states that you must be 18 years old to vote, you must register and technically you must update your registration as you move or have major life changes. Even with that federal framework, there have been all manner of attempts to curb voting of certain groups while promoting the voting power of others through gerrymandering. Many states impose a photo I.D. requirement, they restrict the places and times one can vote, and on and on. So voting is a sacred right, and yet we still debate about it in Congress and we mess around with the laws and regulations constantly.

Owning a gun is a right but there is, in effect, no federal law with an age requirement. There is none for a long gun and, while there is a minimum age of 18 to own a handgun, there is an exception for target shooting and hunting. So, in reality, there is no minimum age. Let's be real with each other. Also you do not have to register yourself as a gun owner. You don't have to get training or prove proficiency or safety knowledge.

We do not debate gun ownership in Congress, regardless of what the latest tragedy may have been. Funny how we get a whisper of a rumor of voter fraud and we are outraged and convening special investigation teams and drafting new law. But a mass shooting? Crickets.

So why is there such a skewing of attention and action between these two very sacred American rights?

What are we willing to do about it?

Terry Murphy

Posted on February 15, 2018 19:01

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