Teenagers with guns: It's a headline bound to make us all feel safer.
That's right, Sooner fans, Rep. Jerry Ellis, flaking for the Oklahoma Rifle Association, is pushing a new bill to lower the legal age for the concealed-carry law from 21 to 18.
After all, the reasoning goes, if they are old enough to vote and serve in the military, they ought to be able to handle a concealed weapon, right?
Makes sense to us. But while we are doling out rights to teenagers, let's go ahead and legalize alcohol sales to 18-year-olds. Hey—they're old enough to vote and serve in the military.
Come to think of it, 16-year-olds can legally drive, so let's keep the gun (and alcohol) rights flowing. After all, don't 16-year-olds have a right to shoot back if they are attacked by crazed gunmen? Of course they do!
But, dang it, there's the problem of unarmed 13-, 14-, and 15-year-olds. Don't they deserve a chance to shoot back too?
Looks like Rep. Ellis and the Oklahoma Rifle Association have a lot more more work to do if they intend to put guns in the hands (and pockets) of every living and breathing Oklahoman.
We're Okies, after all, and we want our guns!