Enough is enough and it’s time to take action. That is Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s approach following the tragic mass shooting that took place in Florida this week. The Democratic Senator said on Friday that she will introduce a new legislation to raise the minimum legal age to buy rifles.
The current law states that a gun dealer can sell assault rifles to anyone over the age of 18, but they can’t sell a handgun unless they’re 21 or older. Feinstein called that law bogus.
“Under current law, licensed gun dealers cannot sell a handgun to anyone under 21, but they are allowed to sell assault rifles like the AR-15 to anyone over 18. This policy is dangerous and makes absolutely no sense,” Feinstein said.
She added that “if you can’t buy a handgun or a bottle of beer, you shouldn’t be able to buy an AR-15.”
Feinstein’s bill comes after 17 people were shot to death during a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.
The alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, is only 19 years old and was able to buy an AR-rifle – the gun he used for the killings.
Donald Trump addressed the tragic event and called the shooter “mentally ill” and did not mention gun control.
Most Republicans are against gun control, but according to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Feinstein and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) would get together to discuss the issue of gun laws.