GOP Congressman Endorses Raising Gun Purchase Age To 21

Whitney Tipton

Whitney Tipton


A change for Republicans? 

GOP Congressman Endorses Raising Gun Purchase Age To 21

GOP Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger joined fellow Republicans Monday in proposing gun control laws in the wake of the two mass shootings over the weekend.

Kinzinger proposed raising the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21, requiring universal background checks, banning some high-capacity magazines and enacting state “red flag” laws to confiscate weapons from those deemed dangerous, according to an article he posted on Medium.

“We have a gun violence epidemic, and to address it, we need to change some laws and change some hearts,” Kinzinger wrote before his recommendations.

“These changes will certainly help, but they won’t solve the core issue we face. Violence is in the heart of these tragic shootings, and we cannot create laws to detect or deter evil,” he added, as he questioned the role played by television, video games and social media.

“People are turning to social media for a fix, only to be left empty,” he said.

Kinzinger also suggested media outlets not name mass shooters or glorify them in any way, including “publishing their insane manifestos.”

The Illinois congressman joins President Donald Trump and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who also called for some gun control measures in the wake of mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, that killed 31 people.

Trump held a press conference Monday morning and announced plans to work with lawmakers on several gun control measures including “red flag” gun confiscation laws.

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