“The real adults in the room are the youth from Parkland, Florida, who are speaking out about the need for meaningful gun control laws,” wrote Joshua A. Douglas, a law professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law in an op-ed for CNN.com. “They are proving that civic engagement among young people can make a difference. The ironic part? They can’t even vote yet.”
This is the sentiment that reaffirms the notion on the left that because these teenagers were victims of a horrible mass shooting, America should change its laws and the Constitution.
They haven’t paid taxes, they lack real-life experiences, and their brains aren’t even fully developed was the crux of Pat’s argument against them voting on Thursday’s episode of “Pat Gray Unleashed.”
According to ThinkProgress, Sofie Whitney, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglass massacre, is leading the fight to lower the voting age with the help of Washington, D.C. Democratic councilmember Charles Allen. Allen reintroduced the Youth Vote Amendment Act of 2018 which would, for the first time, grant 16 and 17-year-olds the right to vote in presidential elections in the United States and in local District races.
In a news release, Allen spoke of the measure: “At the age of 16, our society already gives young people greater legal responsibility.”
“They can drive a car. They can work. Some are raising a family or helping their family make ends meet. They pay taxes. Ironically, they pay fees to get a license plate that reads ‘Taxation Without Representation.’ I think it’s time to change that.
“Some people will say young people aren’t mature or educated enough. But I beg to differ. Just a few weeks ago, young District residents organized a citywide school walkout and spoke passionately at the Rally for DC Lives calling for an end to gun violence. In hearings on our schools, students testified with well-informed opinions. And yet, they can’t exercise their voice where it matters most – at the ballot box.”
Whitney echoed his statement by telling ThinkProgress that, “If 16-year-old students are old enough to be affected by the laws, and realize that there is a problem, then they should have the power to help change it.
“Many laws affect the lives of 16-year-olds, who are almost adults. Young people should have some kind of say in how their country treats them.”
Pat absolutely disagreed.
A wave of student activism gripped the nation after February’s massacre and calls for gun control have only grown louder as the students continue to garner support from the likes of Geroge Soros, the Women’s March, and celebrities. Pat has been fiercely vocal about the teen activists, especially David Hogg.
Here’s a recap of what Pat said a few months back regarding the students calling for gun control:
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