I was afraid the Republicans had lost their minds, but now I am sure of it. Tuesday, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell threw a tantrum and refused to take any action on any Supreme Court nominee President Obama nominates to replace Justice Scalia. Then, my drama queen Kansas Senator Pat Roberts tweeted himself tossing the president’s plan to close Guantanamo into the trash can. But, what Iowa legalizes with a new bill, plunges Republicans down to the final depths of insanity.
Iowa has solved the gun problem. They are going to give guns to babies. That sounds like the beginning of a very bad joke, but I am sad to say, it is true. Iowa’s House of Representatives voted Tuesday to let children under the age of 14 handle “a pistol, revolver, or the ammunition.”
Thoughtfully, they added that the child must be supervised by a parent. Democratic State Rep KirsstenRunning-Marquardt told CBS-affiliate KCCI:
‘What this bill does, the bill before us, allows for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds to operate handguns. We do not need a militia of toddlers.’
Toddlers can already use long guns and shotguns, so Iowa is just adding handguns to its list of deadly weapons. If the bill passes the state Senate, it will be law. Republican state Rep. Jake Highfill told the Washington Post:
‘Allowing people to learn at a young age the respect that a gun commands is one of the most important things you can do. [The alternative] is turning 18 with no experience.’
In a “toy test” experiment this week, CBS-affiliate KCTV-5, put nine children, ages three to seven, into a room to see how they would react to finding a hidden gun. The toy gun they used is almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
Fairway, Kans. Police Chief Mike Fleming talks about guns:
‘From a distance that looks like a Desert Eagle, which is a very high-capacity handgun. Everything to a child is a toy. Whether it be the box the toy came in or the toy. It’s a toy.’
A three-year-old girl spots the gun first. She picks it up and pulls the trigger. You can hear the gun make a small pop. Parents watch aghast from the control room. The girl loses interest and drops the gun to the floor.
A seven-year-old boy picks it up and even opens the gun to look inside, then he pretends to shoot at the other kids. A six-year-old boy wants his turn:
‘Cool a gun! Where did you find that gun?’
Fleming explains that children just imitate what they see in the movies and on TV. Kids won’t just hold a gun, they instantly shoot it.
No agency or organization tracks of how many children in the US intentionally or unintentionally harm someone with a gun. I wonder why?
Under the Iowa law, children will not be able to purchase a firearm on their own.
Isn’t that special?
Look at what kids do when they find a gun in the video below: