Raising Rifle-Buying Age to 21 Would Disarm American Heroes and Spit on Founding Intent

Too young at the time of his legendary heroics to be trusted with a rifle? (U. S. Army publicity photo)

The latest citizen disarmament plot currently being hatched will raise the minimum age for rifle purchases to 21. While some are specifically calling out semi-automatic rifles, others want it all. Such plans are  gaining traction at the state and federal level by no shortage of Democrat opportunists and “bipartisan” Republican panderers, including Sen. Marco Rubio and President Donald Trump.

An interesting article over at Firearms News notes Audie Murphy would have been deemed “too young” to be trusted with a rifle at the time his legendary heroics earned him recognition as the most decorated combat soldier of WWII.  It goes on to imagine a gun store clerk telling not just him, but “our young combat heroes, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, who may have lost limbs and fought for our freedom, that they have no Second Amendment freedom because they are not 21 years old.”

Could anything be more offensive and absurd?

That’s what these oath-breaking poltroons are doing when they propose disarming Americans old enough to give “the last full measure of devotion” to their country. That’s what corporate cowards like Edward Stack of Dick’s Sporting Goods (and Walmart and other despicable gunkapo profiteers) are saying.

As for those proposing legislative changes, that would also seem to fly in the face of 10 U.S. Code § 246 – Militia: composition and classes:

“(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard. (b) The classes of the militia are— (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and (2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.”

No guns allowed?

The Second Militia Act of 1792 recognized 18 as the age of conscription, and the Founders recognized that this did not in itself establish limits and bans. From Continental Congress Delegate and political economist Tench Coxe:

“THE POWERS OF THE SWORD ARE IN THE HANDS OF THE YEOMANRY OF AMERICA FROM SIXTEEN TO SIXTY. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared to any possible army must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are these militia? [A]re they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. . . . [T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”

Pretenders, frauds and outright traitors seeking to usurp a birthright are no friends to Liberty. They’re wrong on history, wrong on morality, wrong on the Constitution…

There will be no compromise with such as these. Equivocating, desperate excuse-making and weasel-words notwithstanding, anyone – anyone – seeking to exploit the bloody failures of tyranny by imposing more Intolerable Acts, infringements and restrictions on freedom is selling me out, selling you out, selling our children out, and should be spoken to  accordingly and in no uncertain terms.


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  1. WGP 2 March, 2018, 16:52

    “Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American. . . . ”


    Like I say into perpetua, Repeat after me: I have every weapon the military and police agencies have. Just like 1776. If they can carry it…then they can pack it, and they can use it to defend our republic.

    There is a price for freedom. Teach responsibility, teach common sense, teach respect.

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    • Greg K 2 March, 2018, 21:11

      I know, right?!

      I want an A-10 with plenty of ammo and fuel for training and for a possible incursion. Now that’s a Welfare Program” I could get behind.

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    • elric 7 March, 2018, 16:11

      At the start of this Nation, when our militiamen fought back the British by having only very poorly fabricated muskets, it is certainly known that… upon killing the enemy… a militiaman would seize the weapon of the fallen adversary because it was far superior in construction to the poorly crafted musket he just threw off. Would not any right thinking warrior fast acquire a finer weapon given the opportunity? Especially during those very long ago days at the birth of this Nation? The veracity of this point clearly indicates our Founding Fathers had every ‘intention’ to possess ‘State of the Art’ firearms. Taking the superior guns of the enemy soldiers is a point of fact that should be spoken about, taught and argued frequently today. It easily establishes the ‘intent’ of our Founding Fathers and it surely applies today as we find ourselves sorely afflicted by the traitorous Marxists Liberals who abound and seek to disarm Americans by trying to forbid todays State of the Art firearms such as the AR15 or any similars. Every American, no matter what his political affiliation, seeks and does obtain the very finest of everything he can get his hands on. Medicines, foods, vehicles, sporting equipment, clothing, technology, cellphones, computers and so on and on. No one can demand to possess these things and then go on to attempt to disallow the most important State of the Art technology… any and all firearms and hardware used to keep ourselves alive. That attempt is an absurd folly. It is repugnant to common sense. Unless, of course, the motive is to disarm and thereby destroy America as we know and love Her. Americans, true and faithful, must always bear in mind that we are, first and foremost- Riflemen.

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      • WGP 7 March, 2018, 20:30

        Well stated. The question begs, why are “agencies” militarized with state of the art weapons and who do they use them on? Grandma? Children (Parkland, Sandy Hook, Waco)?

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  2. Retired Navy Spook 2 March, 2018, 16:59

    My first rifle was a hand-me-down from my dad when I was 10. It was an old Winchester pump .22 short that had lived a previous life in a carnival shooting gallery. I got into squirrel hunting and bought my first decent rifle, a Marlin model 60 with a Weaver Scope when I was 13 or 14. This was back in the late 50’s, so the M-16/AR-15 hadn’t even been invented yet, but I’d guess if it had been available and I could have afforded it, I would have had one. Lots of guys I knew in high school kept a .22 or a shotgun in the trunk of their car and went hunting after school in the fall. Before I was old enough to drive, I can remember riding my bike to go hunting with the Marlin slung across the handlebars. But you know what? NONE of us ever decided to go kill a bunch of our classmates. That is not a gun thing; it’s a cultural thing, and we have Leftist social policies to thank for it.

    Now, all that said, it’s pretty clear that we need to do whatever it takes to take guns away from anyone, kids or adults, who brag on social media that they’re going to go shoot up a school; or better still, prevent them from getting a gun in the first place. And there has to be a way to do that without violating due process. The best solution of all would be for the country to reverse the cultural rot that has gotten us to this point.

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  3. Fred 3 March, 2018, 13:23

    “Raising Rifle-Buying Age to 21 Would Disarm American Heroes and Spit on Founding Intent”

    So, it would be an effective means to further denigrate you and to destroy and steal your country?

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    • Citizen 3 March, 2018, 21:16

      Our countries enemies have come up with a near perfect solution to disarm, we the people. When you raise the age to 21 you break the process of the adults from teaching our children about gun ownership. By the time your 21 you may doubt your own ability to defend yourself. Leave it to the experts, right?

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    • David Codrea Author 4 March, 2018, 12:13

      It would be a way to try. You trying?

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      • Fred 5 March, 2018, 15:38

        I’ve been writing/calling my reps at all levels for the past several days now (and at many other key junctures). I’ve spoken directly with my state speaker of the house and some candidates for governor and fed reps over the last several months. I don’t know if any of this is helping but I’m doing what I can. I will know that I’ve at least tried, that I warned them. When and if it comes time to shoot some tyrants in the face I’ll be at peace at about it.

        Thank you for the work you do.

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        • David Codrea Author 6 March, 2018, 06:10

          Thanks back. Using the system the Founders designed for us to resolve things peacefully is what we all need to be doing — if everything falls apart, as it increasingly seems it will — we will have acted morally and done what is in our power to avert the terror the collectivists are determined to visit on us. The Declaration acknowledges they went through the same.

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  4. Cal 4 March, 2018, 09:08

    Then they better raise the age of military enlistment.

    First, no one who serves within our government has any authority at all over the people and weapons, only over crimes committed, and the feds are VERY limited – constitutionally – on what crimes they have jurisdiction over, and who they are ALLOWED to use for enforcement. The only crimes assigned to the federal government in the Constitution for law enforcement purposes are Treason, Piracy, Counterfeiting, and International law violations. They have NO LAWFUL authority over any other crime.

    This is all found in writing within the US Constitution, it IS the contract and supreme LAW of this nation, and we have a lot domestic enemies and traitors who serve within our governments.

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  5. Greg K 4 March, 2018, 10:15

    hen they say, “Fix Background Checks<" what they really mean is, "Cherry pick a single characteristic of the last shooter and add all of those folk to the list." It wouldn't take very long to disarm a whole country via their metrics.

    A similar false argument can be found in the violence in Chicago. They tell us "The guns come from outside the city. That's the problem," but if that's so, "Why don't those gun rich areas outside of Chicago have the same problem?"

    I just downloaded a study from ars technica that finds "violent gun crimes go down during NRA convention time." They further postulate "there is no causation found yet, but it may be because these dangerous NRA are off the streets with their guns." Um, or it could be that criminals know there are armed patrons everywhere and wouldn't dare commit a crime when there are so many armed folk on the street. The article was named "During NRA Conventions, gun injuries drop 20% nationwide-63% in hosting state."

    Bottom line is "we not only need to not take another step backwards, we need to go the other direction." More important, "We need to learn to ferret out the hypocrisy in their arguments and CONTROL the Narrative."

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  6. Ken 5 March, 2018, 10:06

    Just disarm the libs – leave the conservatives alone so we can protect ourselves from the perps.

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  7. Jim 5 March, 2018, 10:12

    More gov control

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  8. Txcntryboy 5 March, 2018, 10:22

    I was told by a Walmart employee in Kaufman, TX on Saturday (3/3/18) that Walmart was going to raise the age from 18 to 21 for all purchases of ammo very soon. I was asked for my TX DL to verify my age when making a purchase of .223 ammo. The employee defended this Walmart policy as well as the one regarding the sale of AR-15s and pistols. They only sell the weapons in Alaska.

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  9. AubreyMason 5 March, 2018, 10:28

    I spent 27 years of my life in the Army and I served at relatively elevated levels of command..
    All Branches serve under Regulations – these Regulations are actually federal laws..

    If the federal civilian laws says no one under the age of 21 can own or use a firearm – guess what?

    What this means is that overnight 1/3rd of our forces would have to be discharged from service….
    And it means that the Military would no longer be able to allow anyone younger than 21 to serve.

    Start asking yourself what that does to our Combat Power.
    Understand that deceptions are insidious – and not what they appear to be.. until it’s far too late.

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  10. G. Giant 5 March, 2018, 11:26

    They desire to take our rights a little at a time. And too many of our politicians don’t see what is happening. Or they see and are complicit.
    Here is truth. SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED, is not subject to the “commonsense” of those who serve the elite. Each and every time a new law is written and enforced, we continue down the slippery slope. Had King George done this, we might still be serving England.

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  11. recon29 5 March, 2018, 15:14

    Let me think for a moment-at 18 yo we consider our youth to be adults. They then rights to vote, etc. if our kids become adult citizens at 18- what authority is allowing them to raise the age to purchase a rifle? I think in every state that does this we need to form up the unregulated militias. These new adults would then be lawfully allowed to purchase rifles and pistols wouldn’t they? Under 10 U.S. code 246 ? I’m not a lawyer but I wonder if this would work?

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  12. Tucson Rick Anderson 6 March, 2018, 07:32

    I’m just sick of this constant back and forth between us and the libtards who want to disarm us. I personally think anyone who believes like we do refuse to serve in our armed forces anymore. Let the libtards and their supporters serve. Also, let any level of government pass any laws they want, but then let them just try to enforce those laws and see the result: REVOLUTION. If not now, when? If I have a relative who is under 21 and I want to go hunting with him/her, I will simply gift them with appropriate weapon. One last thought: How many of these mass shooters have been pumped full of drugs for psychiatric issues by all the drug-abusing psychiatrists and psychologists in our society before they went ballistic?

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  13. Dr. C 6 March, 2018, 12:03

    The second amendment of our U.S. Constitution states that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. It does not give us that right, but states it clearly. This is one of the rights that only God can give and no man or men have the right to take away. To have firearms is necessary not only to hunt, shoot targets, or even to protect self, others, and property. The reason for the people to have firearms is to assure that the government will not become oppressive, dictatorial, or fascist. Citizens are to have firearms that are up to the task of opposing a bad government with overwhelming force necessary to soundly defeat an uprising of a fascist government. That is why some in our country and some in our government don’t want U.S. citizens to keep and bear arms. The U.S. Constitution is a document of wisdom written by men of wisdom. For America to continue we need all of the U.S. Constitution to be enforced. Our constitution is not like the Constitution of the United States of Mexico, United Nations documents, or constitutions of most other countries. Our U.S. Constitution is unique and the fairest of them all. It is the one in the world that is closest to the Holy Bible, and is founded upon a many of the doctrines, laws, statutes, and ordinances found therein. That is what makes the U.S. Constitution unique.

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  14. FredBear 6 March, 2018, 14:11

    This is why the progressive left will continue to fight for it. There is little the liberals hate more than American heros and our founding fathers. The progressive left is going to have to be dealt with eventually if we want to keep our free republic.

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  15. Linda 7 March, 2018, 05:58

    Hang onto your hats, folks, because the corruption in government and law enforcement is going to get worse now that Seattle PD has implemented the ERPO, aka protection orders that include firearm confiscation, with themselves as the ERPO requestor.

    (quote from an article on Seattle PD’s fb page): “…Although the law was designed so a distraught individual’s family, friends, or co-workers could file an ERPO petition as easily as police, Pisconski says that, so far, he believes all ERPO petitions in Seattle have been filed by law enforcement…” (end quote).

    These protection orders by Seattle PD are unlawful and criminal behavior by the government. And, the fact that law enforcement can initiate the order, rather than a victim, makes this law an abuse by government officials. Where is the actual crime that happened in these cases? Who is the actual victim in these cases? Did law enforcement witness a crime in these cases? This is unlawful behavior by government officers. This must be stopped.

    Seattle PD facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeattlePolice/
    Associated article where quote came from: https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2018/0227/Protection-orders-get-a-closer-look-in-fight-against-gun-deaths

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  16. Alice K 7 March, 2018, 15:34

    The elites in this country raise whinny offspring who do not reach adulthood until almost 30 years of age. They are coddles from infancy. Most never work a job during high school; mommy and daddy’s connections get them into elite colleges and universities with all sorts of subsidies that a middle class kid would never get. They get their spring break vacations in Cancun paid for by mom and dad. These so called kids should never own a weapon. Then there is the unfortunate class of people that were created by these same liberal elites who now are wreaking havoc on our society.However, there are the rest of us who raised our children to work hard for what they have, to live by the values taught by our Founding Fathers and the principles of our Constitution. The elites have no concept of the maturity of a hard working child of a farmer or rancher. Neither do they understand the ethics of a middle class suburban kid, who works through high school and college to make something of themselves. That is why they can come up with the hair=brained scheme to raise the age of ownership for firearms. They judge the world by that their own loser kids might do.

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  17. Greg K 8 March, 2018, 09:10

    Last night I was sent this link showing Seattle police are now unilaterally disarming folk.

    And it turns out that 2 off duties have been disciplined for doing the right thing. Everything that happened that day suggests they wanted mass carnage.

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