The kindest thing that can be said about the NRA and its sympathizers is "They're Nuts!"
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§ 311. Militia: composition and classes
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are— (1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval...
Now the Florida department of Licenses reports that there are currently 585,544 class W licenses ( http://licgweb.doacs.state.fl.us/stats/licensetypecount... ). Florida issues a separate licenses for judges, retired cops, and security guards. There are actually 591,863 licenses in Florida but since none of the offenses include judges, retired cops, or security guards I will use the smaller general issue class W number.Quote has been trimmed
So 5 homicides per year out of a population of 585,544. The number is actually larger than 585,544 because some persons would have a license expire and not renew during that 2 year period. Florida has about 70K licenses expire without renewal each year. Florida has also issued nearly 1.5 million permits in the last 20 years. The VPC used newpaper reports to "confirm" the license status. It is possible some of the reports were mistaken or the licenses had been revoked or expired. For the sake of argument we will use the best possible scenario (for the VPC) of 5 incidents per year out of 585,544 persons.
That works out to a rate of 0.86 per 100K residents. To put this number in perspective it is comparable to Japan (0.6) and substantially less than Canada (1.80), France (1.59), the UK (1.37) or average for Western Europe (1.5).
You can pass all the stupid anti gun laws you want but the simple fact is that criminals will find guns somehow and use them. All these ridiculous laws do is prevent the average law abiding citizen from having a tool.
17 sounds reasonable, considering that at 18 they can legally kill people in a war zone. I fully support 17 year olds possessing a handgun, provided they've gone through checks, training and qualifying tests first.
If someone is carrying a firearm, the police should be able to demand the person produce identification like a driver's license which identifies the person as qualified to possess a firearm. If someone has a firearm and doesn't possess that ID, then they are busted.