13 Year-Old Who Can’t buy Beer Or Cigarettes Easily Purchases Firearm

Another mass shooting in America means another frustrating gun control debate. 

The same old talking points are flying around about mental health, the NRA buying off both Republican and Democratic elected officials, fear of ISIS.



But there’s one argument no one can defend: in some states, children can easily purchase firearms.

In the 2014 segment from HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, a 13-year-old boy from Virginia shows it was easier for him to buy a .22 caliber rifle from a private seller than it was for him to buy pornography, beer, lottery tickets, and cigarettes.

The fact that a child can so easily purchase a gun is chilling.

In June of 2017, Newsweek reported on a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics which “showed that an average of 5,790 children in the United States receive emergency room treatment for gun-related injuries each year, and around 21 percent of those injuries are unintentional. The study also found that an average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, making guns the third-leading cause of death for children in America (behind illnesses and unintentional injuries like drownings or car crashes). The number is based on data taken from 2012–2014 for children up to the age of 17.”

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