On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump stated that he supports, and will be strongly pushing gun control legislation, including expanding background checks, raising the age to purchase rifles to 21, and to end the sale of bump stocks. He stated that he hopes Congress finally does something about this issue.
I will be strongly pushing Comprehensive Background Checks with an emphasis on Mental Health. Raise age to 21 and end sale of Bump Stocks! Congress is in a mood to finally do something on this issue – I hope!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018
In response, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) fired back, specifically on the statement about raising the minimum age to purchase rifles. Not only did Massie state his opposition to that matter, but he stated his intention to go further and lower the age to purchase handguns to 18.
Why should a 20yr old single mom be denied the right to defend herself and her kids? We should lower the age to buy a handgun to 18, instead of raising the age to buy an AR15. SAD! https://t.co/riLrfXZlbb
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) February 22, 2018
Congressman Thomas Massie has been a fierce defender of the Second Amendment in Congress, founding the Second Amendment Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. In response to the shooting in Florida, Rep. Massie filed a bill to remove gun free school zones, which is a measure I advocated for right after the shooting.