March 9, 2018 marked a very dark day for law abiding Floridians, by raising the age to 21 to own any type of firearm, a very bright day indeed for the criminal element, making it much easier to commit crimes against the innocent, while illegal firearms are so plentiful to be had. The Florida House, Senate and Governor can explain it to the young under the age of 21, who can’t protect themselves now in their homes. The 17 people who died needlessly at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not coming back among their loved ones; they are gone for all time.

Florida lawmakers may never know how many more will be killed in the future as the result of this new draconian unconstitutional measure to strip firearms away from citizens, but die they will unless this new law is reversed to include any age restriction at all.

The Florida Legislature and Governor should hang their heads in shame at their failure to use common sense when it comes to guns, as if that would help at this point, to the families of the 17 that died from the recent school shooting, because they failed to adequately protect such a large campus with reasonable security measures as well as other schools throughout the state. Does our state government really share in the blood bath at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School? In my opinion, yes they do. The school shootings in the past throughout the country should have served as a wakeup call, to ensure enough armed personnel are at our schools to meet a threat to our precious young. Shortly after Scott signed the U.S. unconstitutional firearm Bill, the NRA filed a lawsuit in Federal Court –

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a specified law falling under the Supremacy clause, which usurps any state from adding to or taking away the intent of laws held exclusively by the federal government as specifically outlined in the U.S. Constitution, and the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is crystal clear.

The main reason for the Second Amendment are to keep an out of control government from taking away our rights as citizens including enslavement by tyrants, what happened with England on the backs of the colonists no doubt were still fresh in their minds when the Second Amendment was written. One can easily surmise the reasoning of the right to bear arms, because people always had firearms for hunting and self-protection in the first place before the Amendment was ever written. The Second Amendment is in the U.S. Constitution to warn and stop, if necessary, an overbearing government from taking all individual liberties and freedom itself away. All are aware the government keeps firearms of all stripes for its own use.

Second Amendment

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

In the Holy Bible that Christians use as their guide, Luke 22:36 –

Then said He unto them, “But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it and likewise his pack; and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.”

The Third President of the United States had this to say about being armed –

Thomas Jefferson letter to Peter Carr on Arms August 19, 1785 –

“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind…Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.”

Now that we have an understanding of the Second Amendment and why it is absolutely critical not to infringe upon it, we should review some statistics on murder rates by age in the U.S.

According to Statista, a data collection research firm located in Hamburg Germany, they collected some numbers on murder in the U.S. for 2016 by age group. The title is linked so that you may look for yourself at their website.

Number of murder offenders in the United States in 2016, by age   —

9-12 age group were 10

13-16 age group were 374

17-19 age group were 1413

20-24 age group were 2593

25-29 age group were 1941

30-34 age group were 1339

Based on these statistics one has to wonder what the Florida legislature were thinking when they picked below the age of 21 to outlaw the sale of firearms, where the age for killing someone in the 20-24 age group increases. The Florida legislature could have made the criminal element even much happier if they picked below the age of 25 instead of 21 to prohibit law abiding citizens from owning a firearm. Owning a firearm based on a certain age does absolutely nothing except place even more law abiding Americans at greater risk.

When checking the statistics by state for murders in 2016, Florida’s information was strangely absent, now why is that? Maybe, there were no murders in Florida for 2016? I must also point out that these murders do not list the method by which someone was killed, but chances are many were done with a firearm.

The looming question remains based on the statistics that have been outlined, when will the age requirement for gun ownership be raised even higher? As the age to own a firearm is raised, so too will crime rise and the police can’t be everywhere. The first responder is the one being threatened, not when the police and Ambulance show up to clean up the scene. The only thing left if all guns were turned in is a massive sized police force, in other words an Army. Guess what could happen then, just use your imagination.

From 1993 to 2011 the Centers for Disease Control collected and posted facts on murders and their rates as applied to the increase purchasing of firearms over the years. It was found that murder by a firearm went down due to the increase of law abiding citizens buying firearms. But based on what Florida did March 9 it is highly likely murder will increase even more so now due to the newest age restrictions to own any kind of firearm below the age of 21.

All that was done on March 9, 2018 when Governor Rick Scott signed the Bill outlawing gun ownership for those below the age of 21 was to make Floridians less safe, embolden the criminals even more so by making innocent people even more prone to be shot in their homes when even a long gun cannot be purchased for home defense by anyone below the age of 21.

There is nothing more than all law abiding citizens with a conscience would not want to see at all and that is people shooting other people, though when it comes to protecting yourself with a firearm you have two choices, but at least it’s a choice if you are armed. However, reality is of course, reality, gun control measures will never come to complete fruition, not even close; guns of all types in the multiples of thousands are on the streets and easily accessible to criminals to use during a crime and they are used daily throughout the nation.

What the Florida State legislature passed and what the governor signed into law must have been based purely on the emotional response to please those who want guns out of the hands of people; students rallying at the Capital in an organized manner, lying on the floor of the Capital as victims of a mass shooting. These students no doubt know how to organize efficiently. The following text was found by the Florida Citizen’s Alliance while scouring public educational textbooks –

There is a much darker reason for a certain group known as Democrats and apparently some Republicans now or better said, Socialists and Communists wanting all guns turned in, it’s not “rocket science” if you know your history, it leads to pure tyranny where the government becomes the complete sovereign over the people, instead of the other way around as intended by our Founders and Framers of the U.S. Constitution. This is where the state runs every aspect of your life, such as North Korea, China and as Cuba does to its people today, in complete slavery to the state.

I am 63 years of age and on a personal level I am no stranger when it comes to grieving over the loss of a loved one. My oldest brother died at the age of 23, leaving 3 babies and his wife behind when he was killed in a motorcycle accident. And just 5 days after the slaughter of 17 innocent lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, my mother passed away.

Protection of oneself is common sense, it always has been throughout all of Man’s history and to place more people at risk with this new gun ownership law in Florida or even the nation for that matter is reckless, criminal even, and highly dangerous to the innocent.

Phil Davis served in the USAF from 1973-1993 and most of it was working in Command and Control at Strategic Air Command (SAC) and United States Air Forces Europe USAFE, while his two best assignments was working at HQ 8AF Command Center from 1984-1989 at Barksdale AFB, with a one year assignment serving with the 485 Tactical Missile Wing, Ground Launch Cruise Missiles in Belgium during 1986-1987. Phil has been writing on political issues since 1993, including a run with the Examiner prior to 2013. It was just after that when he started his own blog where he has written on various subjects about a myriad of topics related to our country's political environment and the rediscovery of American Patriotism.