A number of retail chains responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with knee-jerk reactions based more on the liberal media’s emotional hype than on any sense of reason. Dick’s Sporting Goods instantly stopped selling assault-style rifles and the said they would not sell a gun to anyone under the age of 21, regardless of state laws, resulting in at least one lawsuit so far.
Walmart also raised the age to 21 of anyone wanting to buy a gun from them, but how effective is this really? How many school shooters or mass shooters other than Nikolas Cruz can you name or count who legally purchased their own weapons while under the age of 21?
(The Highlander) – In the wake of the Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead and 14 wounded, Walmart released a statement on Wednesday, Feb. 28 announcing that the age restriction on purchasing firearms has been raised from 18 to 21 in all stores. In that same statement, Walmart has also announced that items “resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys” will be removed from their website. It is also important to note that Walmart mentioned that “modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15” have not been sold by their franchise since 2015 and that this policy change was inspired by the franchise’s desire to “be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law.”
While these new policies do show that some companies are listening and actively responding to the outrage that many of their customers feel towards firearm possession and violence, these good intentions are, quite frankly, misplaced. It is important to note that while the Florida shooter did legally acquire his weapon at the age of 19, Walmart’s change of policies would not have made a difference. For one, the firearm used was an AR-15, which, as previously stated, is no longer sold by Walmart branches. Furthermore, it was purchased from a gun shop, which, despite Walmart’s change in policy, still offer firearms to those at the age of 18.
In fact, I fail to see what difference, if any, that this policy makes. It definitely won’t stop any further tragedies; James Holmes, the Aurora Theater shooter, was 24 years old when he legally acquired the firearms used in the shooting…
Think about it! Companies like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods and states like Florida are going to punish tens of thousands of law-abiding young people between the ages of 18-20 because of the actions of ONE lone individual. Do these companies and liberal politicians understand that over one third of mass shooters were already banned from buying, owning or even possessing a firearm, but what good did that do?