Idaho governor, Butch Otter, has decided to put the lives of Americans into the hands of a bunch of 21-year-olds. On Friday, Otter signed a bill that will allow Idaho residents to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. While in Otter’s twisted mind this sounds like a good idea, to those Americans with brains in their skulls, it is an awful idea that needs to be stopped immediately.
According to Morgan Boydston of KREM News,
‘Senate Bill 1389 will allow law-abiding Idahoans who are 21 years or older to carry a concealed firearm statewide without a permit. Permitless carry is already legal outside of city limits for individuals 18 or older, and open carry is currently legal within city limits.’
Every resident of Idaho over 21, without a criminal record, will be allowed to walk around with a weapon in their pocket that they may use at their own free will. The idiocy that revolves around this bill is revolting. In Otter’s warped perception of reality, everyone is smart enough not to just pull their gun out and shoot. There are warning labels on plastic bags, small toys, and disinfectant for a reason: Not everyone has the same mental capacity and reasoning.
Mental Health Daily brings up even more concern with the fact that,
‘It may seem logical that those aged 18 to 25 are completely mature, the brain still is maturing – specifically the area known as the “prefrontal cortex.” Changes occurring between ages 18 and 25 are essentially a continued process of brain development that started during puberty. When you’re 18, you’re roughly halfway through the entire stage of development. The prefrontal cortex doesn’t have nearly the functional capacity at age 18 as it does at 25.’
Putting guns that are capable of killing masses of people in the hands of those without fully developed brains seems to be the most illogical thought that has come out of Otter’s mouth in recent months. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for attention, complex planning, decision making, impulse control, logical thinking, organized thinking, personality development, risk management, and short-term memory. The bill allows for guns to be placed in the hands of 21-year-olds, when brains do not fully develop until around 25 and sometimes even later in life.
Impulse control is one of the most important aspects of owning a gun, according to Mental Health Daily, since your brain does not fully develop until around 25.
‘Struggling with impulsivity is often related to deficits in the prefrontal cortex. The ability to maintain self-discipline and avoid impulsive behaviors hasn’t reached its peak until the 20s.’
They go on to explain logical thinking as,
‘Justifying behaviors based off of emotions rather than logic is common among teens. When the prefrontal cortex fully develops, logical thinking simultaneously improves. This means you will be better at rationalizing and making smarter choices.’
Don’t forget that organized thinking is crucial to being in the right mind to carry such weapons as it is,
‘A barrage of thoughts are typically influenced by hormones and you may have concentration difficulties. As you continue to age and your thoughts become more organized. The organization of your thoughts is a result of your prefrontal cortex.’
and risk management,
‘The ability to assess risky situations and determine whether they will result in long-term benefit is a byproduct of your prefrontal cortex. Those who are poor at assessing risk may have underdeveloped prefrontal regions. The ability to turn down immediate gratification for long-term rewards is a result of this region.’
Though Otter recommends gun safety training, it is not a requirement. KREM notes,
‘The addition of a simple training requirement in this bill could have addressed the concerns of our valued law enforcement leaders and others who cherish both the shooting culture and the safety of shooters and non-shooters alike.’
The whole bill is complete madness and apparently wasn’t looked at thoroughly. There is no reason a bunch of barely legal 21-year-olds without proper gun training and permits should be allowed to walk around with such dangerous weapons at the expense of others. Idaho governor Butch Otter shows a lack of responsibility and compassion for Idaho residents and is putting all of their lives in danger with the passing of this new bill.