HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would ban children under 16 years old from handling or shooting machine guns.Because of one freak accident, Connecticut politicians pull out the 'ban' card to save everybody from themselves, and thus rob thousands of American youths with responsible parents the chance to fire an automatic weapon.
Besides the one incident resulting from negligent supervision, I've never heard of anyone getting shot at a machine gun shoot. Negligent parents crashing their SUV's into stuff resulting in the death of their family because they were distracted by their cell phone or McTasty is a day to day occurrence though.
Automobile? Sure, they're useful, everyone should be able to drive one even with minimal training, even illegal aliens. No big deal.
Firearm? No one should have one of those because they're too dangerous, and you need lightning fast reflexes and extensive training to handle one. Only police officers are qualified.
As I've said before, people say that firearms are too dangerous for citizens to handle, but think nothing of hurling down the road in a 5,600 lb. Tahoe while talking on a cell phone with the only thing separating them from crashing into another mindless motorist being a 6" wide stripe of yellow paint.
The only reason this bill got passed is because the visceral reaction to the death of an eight year old by firearm is driven by emotion, while we are callused to the death of children in house fires or automobile crashes.