CNN analyst argues for new age limit for AR-15 purchases

Juliette Kayyem, a security analyst for CNN, just argued that one should have to be at least 26 years old before he or she is allowed to purchase an AR-15 firearm. 

Kayyem made the suggestion on Friday during an appearance on CNN.

The plan

Kayyem, during her appearance, was specifically following up on comments made previously by President Joe Biden, calling for an “assault weapons” ban.

“I would like to be able to get these weapons off the street,” she said. “But, in the short term, if you can get both state or national legislation to prohibit 18 to 25-year-olds, 21-year-olds, from purchasing this weaponry you are going to limit the number of mass killings.”

Americans, in particular, have recently witnessed two mass shootings: the LGBTQ nightclub shooting in Colorado that claimed the lives of five people and the Walmart shooting in Chesapeake, Virginia, that claimed six lives.

Although the Colorado shooter was 22, the Walmart shooting was carried out by a 31-year-old.

Biden’s remarks

On Thanksgiving Day, after visiting with local firefighters during his vacation in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Biden was asked to comment upon recent mass shootings.

“Look, the idea that we’re not enforcing red-flag laws, period – just based on knowledge, not on parents saying or a loved one saying you should arrest this person now for his own sake – is ridiculous,” Biden said.

Red flag laws allow authorities to take firearms from a person who is believed to be a threat to himself or the community.

The president, after claiming that red flag laws work in his home state of Delaware, continued:

The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick.  It’s just sick.  It has no, no, social redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.

“I’m going to try”

Biden went on to say that he is “going to try to get rid of assault weapons” as soon as he can – even suggesting that he would try to do so during the lame-duck period.

Biden, though, caught himself, and said, “I’m going to do it whenever I — I got to make that assessment as I get in and start counting the votes.”

This, of course, is nothing new. Biden has been calling for an “assault weapons” ban for some time. But, with the current composition of Congress, he has been unable to make any progress, and it is unlikely that Biden is suddenly going to find success.

Still, that’s not going to stop Biden from trying to capitalize politically on the high emotions following these mass shootings.