The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., has opened up a lot of arguments about age: in short, most on the gun control side are eager to raise the age to own a firearm while at the same time lowering the voting age so these newly minted high school gun control activists can have their say at the ballot box.
Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Bernstein last week wrote¬†that he‚Äôd favor lowering the voting age to 13 or 14, calling voting ‚Äúthe training wheels of political participation.‚ÄĚ And if kids who are only 16 can¬†organize marches and hold sit-ins outside legislators‚Äô offices,¬†why not?
‚ÄĒ Bloomberg (@business) February 24, 2018
It is that simple, though?
It‚Äôs simple: No. https://t.co/PxM55YWzFM
‚ÄĒ Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) February 26, 2018
"It's simple: Let suggestible people vote at just the point in their lives when our aggressive indoctrination programs come into full swing." https://t.co/F9OgVOvbFs
‚ÄĒ Stephen Herreid (@StephenHerreid) February 25, 2018
It's simple: Let dogs drive cars. https://t.co/PZOZtjRXnt
‚ÄĒ prop op (@ProperOpinion) February 26, 2018
If they can also buy a gun, a beer, and smoke ‚Ä¶ sure thing. https://t.co/AQzU7oXov4
‚ÄĒ David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) February 25, 2018
But don‚Äôt let them have guns‚Ä¶? https://t.co/QGSH2qiSgO
‚ÄĒ Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) February 26, 2018
They should be able to buy guns then too if they're so responsible & wise. https://t.co/iK7MWXBwbN
‚ÄĒ Fusilli Spock (@awstar11) February 25, 2018
To be clear, though Bernstein would personally set the voting age as low as 13, he settles on 16 as ‚Äúan easy call.‚ÄĚ
These same teenagers had to be warned not to eat concentrated laundry detergent wrapped in plastic a month earlier. https://t.co/teDswvvQ4G
‚ÄĒ T.J. Bradford, Ph.D. (@TJBradford1) February 25, 2018
How many tide pods do I have to eat to get on this level. https://t.co/WfXgg9nzMz
‚ÄĒ The Red-headed Libertarian (@TRHLofficial) February 25, 2018
If you're not responsible enough to buy a weapon, you're certainly not old enough to vote to draft my children into carrying one for you. https://t.co/sigqUZ2E3q
‚ÄĒ Mr X the Ever-Living ?? (@GlomarNeverDies) February 25, 2018
Only if they also serve in the military. We don‚Äôt need some snort-nosed spoiled brats deciding national policies https://t.co/8MjFqNIeZL
‚ÄĒ Obi_1_D_AllKnowing ?? (@obiopiah) February 25, 2018
Problem: Our stupid culture is reflected in our policy-ignorant, celebrity-obsessed, and intensely tribal political leadership
Solution: ‚Ä¶‚Ä¶. https://t.co/zeu0540ziB
‚ÄĒ Jason Hart (@jasonahart) February 25, 2018
The left is insane. Of course, he works for billionaire liberal hypocrite @MikeBloomberg. He's the guy with armed guards who wants to take away your ability to defend yourself. https://t.co/gIEjEXYkOS
‚ÄĒ Dan Gainor (@dangainor) February 25, 2018
Bloomberg promotes lowering the voting age (increasing #Dem votes) while at the same time supporting raising the legal age to buy weapons.
Are they adult enough to vote, but not adult enough to own a weapon?
How does that work exactly? https://t.co/xt1g8tyh4x
‚ÄĒ Tim Strickland (@MyConservatism) February 26, 2018
The assumption for many liberals is that teenagers will vote the ‚Äúright‚ÄĚ way on a whole set of progressive issues. https://t.co/zllAL62rui
‚ÄĒ Elis Gjevori (@Elis_Gj) February 25, 2018
*if teen polling starts to lean slightly right* Bloomberg: It‚Äôs simple, teenagers aren‚Äôt prepared to vote. https://t.co/ckI6HTjOuO
‚ÄĒ Michael ? (@torriangray) February 25, 2018
Alternate idea: ‚ÄúChildren‚ÄĚ can vote when they‚Äôre no longer on their parents‚Äô health plan https://t.co/fHXDAy8AOW
‚ÄĒ DC Dude (@DCDude1776) February 25, 2018
NO. Having heart is not enough to be an informed and mature citizen. Let them graduate high school and be legally independent. https://t.co/QRf0fcT3Tp
‚ÄĒ Avi Woolf, Elitist? (@AviWoolf) February 25, 2018
Amend the Constitution, and I'm game. https://t.co/7mXqQ7QCk0
‚ÄĒ Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) February 25, 2018
Some people legit want this huh? https://t.co/7B3G9cHybm
‚ÄĒ Phil (@philthatremains) February 25, 2018
Christ no. Teenagers are idiots. Most 20-somethings aren't much better. https://t.co/3SVlIE24nC
‚ÄĒ MonBossyMothma-WR (@nowhere_nh) February 26, 2018
No. If anything nobody should be allowed to vote until they have paid 1 year's worth of rent and utilities with money THEY HAVE EARNED.
Adulthood and the grasp of reality that implies should be a requirement to vote regardless of chronological age https://t.co/E3mwosM58s.
‚ÄĒ (((NunuyaBizinizz))) (@wahrbear) February 26, 2018
No. We should be making it harder for people to vote, not easier and certainly not for people who are not even yet adults. https://t.co/St2c1sR5R7
‚ÄĒ Ken Gardner (@KenGardner11) February 25, 2018
God anything but this please https://t.co/uxGIvXoMtP
‚ÄĒ i didnt deserve this (@wtfIiz) February 26, 2018
Lemme translate to #Teenglish:
LIKE OMG NO WAI MKAY FOR SURE REALZ SLAY QUEEN NO K https://t.co/rWZ54ocWET
‚ÄĒ RightWired (@_donaldson) February 26, 2018
Why not? Because they‚Äôre foolish, their brains aren‚Äôt yet fully grown, they lack life experience, and they think they know far more than they actually do.
And the fact that you‚Äôd suggest such an absurdity indicates that a number of those phrases likely apply to you as well. https://t.co/jI1avZwo6b
‚ÄĒ Release the Memo or the Kraken (@DunsScottus) February 24, 2018
WHOOPS: Ex-Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett's call to lower voting age backfires HILARIOUSLY (on Dems) https://t.co/IYGdllivIB
‚ÄĒ Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 22, 2018