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Millennial Motivation? Take Away Their Second Amendment Rights

Amanda Furrer with MSR

Since the tragic shooting at a Florida high school last month, lawmakers have sought to strip the Second Amendment rights of young adults. By doing so, lawmakers have also accomplished something the firearms industry has struggled with for year—getting the next generation involved in the fight for the Second Amendment.

Amanda Furrer with MSR
Just like me at age 11, there are kids out there who don’t yet see how the shooting sports will help them grow as athletes…but more importantly, as people.
According to SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, the Second Amendment Foundation has experienced a 1,200 percent increase in the number of 18- to 20-year-olds joining or supporting the organization.

“We normally don’t get that many members or donors in that age group, since the gun rights movement typically trends toward older Americans. But the 18- to 20-year-olds have never been specifically targeted before, and they are obviously alarmed. This influx of young Americans into the gun rights movement is important, not just to respond to the current gun control threat, but as the movement has gotten older, it is encouraging to see so many young adults getting involved in support of Second Amendment rights.

“SAF has always conducted leadership training conferences, but now we’ll increase our emphasis on a younger audience, to integrate them into leadership roles,” Gottlieb stated.

Gottlieb became aware of the spike in younger memberships after three weeks of almost non-stop news and editorializing about the “need” to prevent young adults from buying firearms—especially modern sporting rifles—based primarily on the actions of a few high profile events. The issue really intensified after legislation was signed in Florida to raise the age limit on firearms purchases, and at least two national chains imposed their own restrictions.

“It’s important to note that this interest surge has been organic on the internet. SAF did nothing special to make it happen. They have really done this on their own, finding us on the internet and following up.

“I want young adults in the 18 to 20 age group to know they are welcome in the gun rights movement,” Gottlieb stressed. “While the media has paraded high school students to push a gun control agenda, the age group that is now being targeted by that effort is energizing, and showing that there is another side to this controversy,” he concluded.

Are you a member of the 18 to 20 age group? Have you become more involved since being targeted for new regulations? What other ways can we get the next generation involved in the fight to protect the Second Amendment? Share your answers in the  comment section.

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Comments (23)

  1. Don’t we already have age restrictions on tobacco and alcohol, and we all know that doesn’t work, let alone that drugs are illegal, but look at how many high school students across the nation use all of those things, and the constitution is a high school requirement for graduation, maybe the should start studying for that now. They might learn something they had no idea about.

  2. This big push for gun control, already accomplished here in California, is all just agenda. What I mean is California is now teaching kids and teachers how to best handle a situation involving an active shooter. But never a peep until they got their laws passed. Never mentioned or bothered to train these unprotected people, by them, what to do in that situation until they’re laws were passed first. If people were trained and practicing these skills these psychos would have had a much harder time, and pushing the agenda would have been much harder. Sorry to all those cracked in the omlette but this is disarmament plain and simple.

  3. It would make more sense to appeal to the high school kids with a question rather than fight the gun haters. The question might be – why do anti-gun people think it is ok for you to handle a gun at 18 as long as you use it to kill people they don’t like, but not ok for you to own a gun at 18 to protect yourself, family, friends, etc. from being mugged, raped, or being a victim of a home invasion?

  4. The group that should be most concerned is the 18-20 years old. It seems not so long ago when a young man could be sent to war to die for his Country at 18 but could not vote until 21 for the ones that would send him there. We fought and won this right in the 70’s.If they can take away our Constitutional rights with the stroke of a pen…what will be next? Should laws that restrict our rights be set on a ballot and voted upon Of the People, For the People and By the People?

    1. I sure hope that the general public isn’t given any chance, at all, to vote on our constitutional rights, due to the fact that too many people are uninformed on most issues. We are a constitutional republic, and not a democracy where the majority decides who gets to do what.

    2. Putting laws that conflict with the constitution on a ballot does not matter because no matter how the people feel, if it is unconstitutional it will be struck down. A good example is prop 8 in CA – the majority of the public said no to gay marriage, but it was struck down because it discriminated and was unconstitutional.

  5. Most of these young protesters are hypocrites. How many have walked out of a violent movie, in protest.How many have turned off a television show because of the violence? How many have quit their violent video games? How many have protested their Phonywood idols???

  6. These are the 18 – 20 year olds that need to explain the Constitution to the 14 thru 17 aged kids in the current language the youth uses. Senior adults and parents aren’t always the best fit for these conversations, although people that have military experience understand why our Constitution and the Amendments are so vitally important to defend not only from the foreign enemy, but those enemies on the home soil including a rogue government. The mere presence of armed citizens helped prevent the invasion of Japan. And we must be ever vigilant of our own government corruption, if it happens.

  7. Growing up in the 50s/60s in ‘small’ rural town America, the only restriction on buying a long-gun was money. At 12 yrs. old with money in my pocket from a paper route, mowing lawns, during the summer months, and hauling hay, I bought my first rifle, a Remington 250 A1, that fired .22 Longs, .22 LR, .22 Shorts, at the local Hardware Store, for around $125.00. No questions asked, no parental permission. As I have often stated, this is not the America for which I went to Viet Nam. Somewhere, America lost it’s way. More and more ‘rights’ are being taken from us by those that would see America another 3rd World Country. If a person at 18 is old enough to go to war and use a weapon, then they are old enough to buy/own weapons. Heard once in a speech given by a now defunct, former President; ‘(Military) Veterans pose a threat, as the have the ability to become terrorists.’

    1. Dark Angel, As a fellow Vietnam Veteran, I can relate to your comment on several levels, Raised an Army Brat, I fired my Dad’s 1911 Service Pistol at age 6. Dad gave me my 1st .22LR rifle. I bought my 2nd rifle, a 30-06 at 14, to use for hunting. I too purchased that rifle at a hardware store, on my own, with no paperwork required. I used that rifle in many countries, we were stationed.
      “InCountry” 3.2 beer was all I could buy on base, and not even that upon return to the “World.” Old enough to carry a Full Auto rifle and die, but not old enough to buy whiskey. Injustice exists, and we are often the victims of it.
      Laws should be meant to help, not harm, or serve to abolish our US Constitution. Vote accordingly.

    2. Thanks Dark Angel, and Brown Water Veteran for your service. I’m a veteran too, but during peace time, ’77-’81.

    3. I remember that former President! He never served in the military, but he was good friends with an anti-war protester who became a terrorist and exploded a bomb at the Pentagon.

  8. Re: Second Amendment Rights: Maybe the NRA, etc. should hold some news conferences to show the difference between the “modern AR sporting rifle” and the military “assault rifle”. By letting others constantly use incorrect terms–those incorrect terms are applied as “fact” by those of opposing views or those blind to the facts. Many countries stripped away rights of citizens—and look what happened.

    1. That would be great. But how do you get the Main stream ( state controlled) media to let any pro gun groups do this? When they have, they won’t let pro gun representatives even talk.

  9. Just make sure they understand the implications of losing constitutional rights. And teach them responsible gun usage and ownership.
    I saw a meme on my wife’s facebook acct. that says it all. To me anyway.
    Nobody blamed the gun when JFK or MLK or Reagan or…….were shot.

    1. The Constitution is a wonderful document describing the power of government and the checks on that government power with the rights of its citizens. The Second Amendment is a reflection of the birth of this country. An armed citizenry overthrew a government that gave the citizens no voice in their government. This fact spawned the first two rights given to the citizens of this new country. The right to to redress grievances of the government. And an armed citizenry to overthrow the government if it fails to hear the voice of it’s citizens. The exact situation it had just came through. And a group of citizens wish to silence a constitutionally approved group and remove these two rights from them. And finally use the standing force of the government to force the citizens to obey their will. Learn from history. Do not repeat it.

    2. Yes, NotChuck, they did. And, thanks for pointing out that seemingly forgotten detail of firearm history. And that is ample reason to be doubly careful in today’s political climate, as well. We also, once upon a time, in the distant days of King Clinton… oops, I meant President Clinton… had a wonderful example of gun bans, the so-called Clinton Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 which, thankfully, sun-setted of force in 2004 after the FBI declared that it had not caused any meaningful reduction in crime. And, now, the wise younger generation who cannot recall 2004, wish to enact the same kind of Assault Weapon Ban all over again!!! An attorney I know says that there is wisdom in those under age 25, you just need a microscope to find it.

    3. Strong evidence The Gun Control Act of 1968 was copied from the NAZI gun control legislation brought back by Thomas J. Dodd, a Senator who was on the Nuremburg Trials Team

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