Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) appeared on ABC’s This Week Sunday morning. It was shortly after a lone gunman with an assault rifle meant strictly for killing humans stole the lives of 19 fourth-graders and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. He said that raising the legal age to purchase these weapons to 21-years-old “is a no-brainer.”
He told This Week host Jonathan Karl that is a good beginning, given that the Uvalde and Buffalo, New York shooters were 18, and the Parkland, Florida shooter was 20:
‘I do think we’re on the track to maybe getting something. [Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)] is right not to focus on it now. But I think that raising the age of gun purchase to 21 is a no-brainer.’
The Illinois representative served in the Air Force in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom so he knows a thing or two about weapons. He is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard:
‘If you look at the Parkland shooting, you look at Buffalo, you look at this shooting, these are people under the age of 21. We know that the human brain develops and matures a lot between the age of 18 and 21. We just raised without really so much as a blink the age of purchasing cigarettes federally to 21. I think we need to get there eventually.’
When Kinzinger was questioned regarding his changing opinions on guns, he answered:
‘[I am] getting sick of seeing the mass shootings. I’m a strong defender of the Second Amendment. And one of the things I believe that for some reason is a very rare thing is that as a person that appreciates and believes in the Second Amendment, we have to be the ones putting forward reasonable solutions to gun violence.’
The Uvalde shooting occurred just 10 days after another 18-year-old wantonly murdered 10 people simply shopping for food at the local grocery store in Buffalo, New York.
At this time Senator Christopher Murphy is heading up a bipartisan group to deal with a new law to reform gun control. The Sandy Hook shooting by a 20-year-old killed 20 first- and second-graders and seven adults occurred in his district, according to The Business Insider.
On his House page, Kinzinger further detailed his background, which few if any other legislators can claim:
‘In 2007, he received the United States Air Force Airman’s Medal for saving the life of a young woman who was being violently attacked. He wrestled the knife away from the attacker and pinned him to the ground until the police arrived. He was also awarded the National Guard’s Valley Forge Cross for Heroism and was selected as the Southeastern Wisconsin American Red Cross Hero of the Year.’
His district was absorbed during gerrymandering, so the courageous representative will not be returning.
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