Slow Start Towards Control

There will be effort in Congress today to raise the minimum age to purchase rifles.

There’s going to be a lot of talk on Capitol Hill about gun control, namely the minimum age to purchase rifles. With pressure mounting, state lawmakers in Florida moved forward on a proposal to raise the minimum age to purchase rifles from 18 to 21. Similarly, in Congress today, a bipartisan plan to do the same thing at the federal level. It’s part of the response to the attack on a Florida high school almost two weeks ago that left seventeen dead. But that will be an uphill battle to say the least. And proposals for an outright ban on military style rifles are coming up short. An agreement on a more limited approach, strengthening background checks seems to be the most likely course.