Virginia proposes bill that outlaws minors using guns to fend off home invaders

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How old does one have to be in order to protect their life from imminent danger?

It may seem like a silly question, but based upon certain bills being proposed by Democratic legislators, it’s a legitimate one that has to be answered.

The reason being is that if a new bill passes in Virginia, a person might not be able to protect themselves via an accessible firearm unless they’re 18-years-old.

After Democrats managed to take control of the legislature in Virginia, gun control has been the main agenda for the party while enjoying the leisure of the majority vote.

While legislators seek to enforce more tight and universal background checks and other gun control laws while within office, as usual, they have given attention to age restrictions on access to firearms.

One such bill is SB 18 Firearms; which includes language associated with criminal history record information checks, and most importantly age requirements with regard to handling firearms.

State Senator Dick Saslaw of Fairfax County introduced the obtuse bill in the spirit of Ralph Northam, who managed to secure the role of Governor within the state.

These two individuals are far from your “moderate” Democrat, but rather more in tune with the fringe ideology that has somehow usurped party staples in favor of perceived social justice and attempted approaches of curbing of crime via the methods of restricting constitutional rights and putting law abiding citizens in harms way.

Under this bill, it will be a class 1 misdemeanor to allow a child to use firearms, unless “under parental supervision.”

Essentially what this bill means is that in the event your child is in danger, regardless of their age and knowledge of handling firearms properly, any criminal who has the intent to do them harm can do so and they’ll be left helpless from a legal standpoint.

When someone is engaged in the fight for their life, he who carries the proverbial bigger stick is poised to overcome, and these lawmakers want to make your child a victim.

The bill does not even bother to take into consideration whether the child has adequate firearm training or if the child is 17-years-old. The law simply instructs parent and guardian to lock away every firearm in their absence; thus, leaving the fate of the child to the mercy of any burglars who decides to pay your home a visit while the parent is away.

There’s simply no logic being applied with regard to the bill being proposed, and there’s no reason why a competent minor cannot use a firearm to protect their life.

There are plentiful instances of children as young as 11-years-old, standing their ground and using weapons against burglars in the absence of the parent.

Under the proposed bill, such acts of heroism will be outdated and parents will be risking facing misdemeanor charges simply because they taught their child to protect themselves rather than be a victim and a headline in the next days newspaper.

If the bill passes, parents will have to decide whether to risk facing criminal charges for affording their children the ability to protect themselves or gamble with the lives of their children in the event that calamity strikes when they’re not around.

Not to mention, the sheer audacity at the notion that a child aged 17 is somehow too juvenile and not allowed to use a firearm to defend themselves because their parents weren’t in site is preposterous.

There’s a huge difference between common sense gun related laws, and one’s that put our most vulnerable in danger.

Today, they’re saying you have to be a certain age to touch a gun; before you know it, they’ll be saying you can’t be over a certain age to touch one as well. Vote wisely and make your voice heard when elections rear their face in your community.

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Virginia proposes bill that outlaws minors using guns to fend off home invaders

 

Earlier this year out of Port Charlotte, Florida, we reported on a teen who was killed after he was able to protect his little sister against a home invader. 

That’s where a family says their 15-year-old son was killed while trying to protect his 5-year-old sister.

According to the sheriff’s office, it happened around 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 26 when they were called to Starlite Lane and Ocean Boulevard in Port Charlotte.

That’s where a report came in from neighbors that there was an injured man walking the streets.

They say when they got there, they found 27-year-old Ryan Cole, who had been stabbed several times on his hands and side.

Ryan Cole
Ryan Cole is currently being held on burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and petit theft. The sheriff’s office says they expect additional charges to be filed against Cole. (Source: Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office)

Police say when he spotted them, he took off, crossing the canal towards Conway Boulevard.

They say he then broke into a home on Conway and the person who lived there called 911.  After a short chase, deputies arrested him and brought him to a local hospital for his wounds.

According to the sheriff’s office, they then started canvassing the neighborhood.  They say that’s when they found Cole had broken into a home on Starlite Lane.

Inside of that home, they found 15-year-old Khyler Edman deceased.

Khyler Edman
Deputies did not release how Khyler Edman was killed, but the teen’s family says he was killed in the home while protecting his 5-year-old sister, who was found unharmed. (Source: The family of Khyler Edman)

They say Cole had broken into that home, leading to a violent encounter. While they didn’t release how Edman was killed, the teen’s family said he died protecting his 5-year-old sister, who was found unharmed.

A GoFundMe account has since raised more than $20,000 for the family.

Now Cole is being held on burglary of an occupied dwelling and petit theft for the break-in on Conway.

According to the sheriff’s office, the investigation is continuing and they expect to file further charges against Cole.

He’s apparently known to police and is currently on probation.  They say he has a history of drug use,  and has had several arrests in Port Charlotte this year, including:

  • February 15 – Trespassing and Resisting an Officer Without Violence
  • March 13 – Possession of a Controlled Substance Without a Prescription and Possession or Use of Drug Paraphernalia
  • June 11 – Trespassing and Resisting an Officer Without Violence
  • June 30 – First Degree Petit Larceny
  • August 6 – Disorderly Conduct and Resisting an Officer Without Violence

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