Saturday, June 18, 2005

I Wonder if Heston Knows...

Why is it that you have to be 21 years old to buy a handgun, but only 18 years old to buy a shotgun?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe because handguns are deadlier and easier to conceal, whereas shotguns often take only one bullet at a time and are mostly used for hunting game...

Not a gun expert, so I could be wrong.

6/20/2005 01:16:00 AM  
Anonymous shelly said...

yo anon, you're exactly right. the rules and regulations surrounding guns and gun possession are based on the intended (note, i say INTENDED) use of the gun. A shot gun is considered a recreational item and is therefore less regulated. In theory its not being used to hurt PEOPLE. So its supposedly only a danger to the person using it. Handguns, on the other hand, are not used to shoot bambi, so to speak. Its like the difference between cigarettes and alcohol and the according age differences there. Cigarettes will kill ya, for sure... but they won't impair your ability to drive therfore risking the lives of other people. Alcohol on the other hand, becomes a danger to the user AND those around him or her, just like handguns. Now, of course i think this is all bullshit and all guns should be regulated similarly and strongly... but the above is just the reasoning behind the distinction.

6/20/2005 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

shel and anon, yeah, that's probably the rationale, but you have to wonder -- does the shotgun (with its much more devastating impact) really require "less maturity" to wield than a handgun?

obviously not -- i would be all for universal control of all kinds of guns and, being a canuckian, am completely for much tighter control of private gun ownership.

6/20/2005 10:39:00 AM  

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