The un-funny Trevor Noah did a shtick on the Daily Show about the bill making its way through Iowa that would allow children under the age of 14 to shoot handguns while under direct supervision of an adult.
His coverage of the bill was embarrassingly bad.
“Currently, kids in Iowa can use long guns legally for target practice, or murder, or hunting.”
Yes, he said that. The rest of the bit got worse from there. I wished the horror of just how out of touch with reality that was, was due entirely to Trevor Noah’s lack of comedic talent. But it wasn’t. This was a case of art imitates life.
During legislative debate over the bill, Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D) said “What this bill does, the bill before us, allows for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds to operate handguns. We do not need a militia of toddlers.”
Really!?! Because that’s not what happens in real life. I know.
I started shooting with my dad at about 7 years old. The only gun we owned at the time was some war trophy my grandfather brought back from the European Theater and was called “Grandpa’s 32.” I was sold off years ago and I have no idea what it was. But that was the gateway drug that got my dad and me into shooting. After that, there was a long string of target pistols including an old Beretta 22 of indeterminate vintage and a Taurus revolver that never hit to point of aim. That evolved into a wonderful collection of guns that now numbers greater than the number Trevor Noha’s fans. He got into hunting, I didn’t, and it all started with pistols. Some of my best memories as a kid are of shooting with my dad.
My story is not unique. There are many, many kids in quite a lot of states who shoot handguns safely, some far better than many adults.
This isn’t murder. This isn’t a militia of toddlers. This is Americans enjoying a constitutionally protected sport as a family. If you want to talk about safety, Pee Wee Football has the worst injury rate for any sport played by kids. If you really wanted to protect children, don’t let them play contact sports.
I get that anti-gunners are going to shill because that’s what they do. But their lies have become so bald faced, that it makes you wonder what color the sky is in the world they live in.