Texas federal judge makes indefensible decision – New York Daily News


Mark Pittman, put on the federal bench in Fort Worth by Donald Trump, thinks it’s simply unconstitutional to limit the sale of handguns to people 21 and older. In an opinion issued on Thursday Agreeing with a gun group that has sued to overturn Texas’ eminently valid ban on 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds having guns, Pittman writes that he doesn’t can’t find an age limit in the sparse language of the Second Amendment.

Let us see: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms will not be infringed.” Well, neither do we (even if we read it upside down or using a mirror). So Pittman wants to repeal the 21 and over law, which is the same in all states and sometimes covers long guns, including assault weapons.

The judge’s non-logic is that having a gun for personal use is a basic right (thank you, U.S. Supreme Court, for misinterpreting the need for farmers cum Minutemen to keep and to carry flintlock muskets to resist the Redcoats) and there is no age limit on basic rights.

Pittman himself notes that the age of majority at the time was 21, but explains that it is 18 now (but not for buying booze or renting a car). But why stop at 18? The Bill of Rights covers people aged 17, as they have the right to freedom of speech and more. So why can’t 17 year olds have handguns? Or 10 year olds? Or 4-year-olds, if they make the triggers easy enough to squeeze?

We hope the Texas federal appeals court overturns Pittman’s fantasy. And then the gun freaks will ask for a Supreme Court hearing. Frighteningly, the high court is so warped now that it could accept Pittman. Of course, the fact that it’s 18, 19 and 20 year old young men who are committing mass murder and street violence across the country doesn’t matter.

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