EDITROIAL/Mature enough? Is Texas Wrong to Ban Under-21s From Carrying Handguns in Public

Last week, a federal judge struck down a Texas state law prohibiting people under 21 from carrying a handgun in public.

U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman of Fort Worth said banning people between the ages of 18 and 20 from carrying handguns outside the home violates the Second Amendment and the traditions of our nation.

The state can still enforce the ban on those under 18.

Defenders of the law say those under 21 are often not mature enough to take on the responsibility of carrying a handgun. It is not for those under the age of 18 that it is forbidden to drink alcohol for the same reason.

Opponents say that if someone 18 or older is mature enough to serve in the military, they should have adult rights.

We want to know what you think. Should people under 21 be banned from carrying handguns in public? Or should people 18 and older be allowed to carry a handgun outside the home?

Send your answer (50 words maximum) to [email protected] before Wednesday, September 7. You can also send your response to the Texarkana Gazette’s Friday poll to PO Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St, Texarkana, Ark. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will publish as many responses as possible in next Friday’s paper.

Last week: student loans

Last week’s question was about President Biden’s plan to provide student debt relief. Is there a reason to justify canceling student loans? Would you or a family member benefit from it?

Absolutely, a great idea. People should ask themselves why tuition fees are so high? One reason is that colleges pay ridiculous sums to football coaches, $98,000,000 over 8 years, really? Another reason I don’t mind, think about all the tax breaks the GOP gave to the wealthy under Trump. Maybe some rich people should help these students, instead of filling their bank accounts. I say suck it! — RK, Texarkana, TX

Cancellation of student loans is simply unacceptable! Millions of people have repaid their loans with just as much sacrifice. A man should not be able to add billions to the national debt which will be paid by our taxes. — FC, Texarkana, TX

On facebook.com/texarkanagazette

– The debt is not cancelled. It is not forgiven. Please stop using these words. Once people understand what’s going on and stop using these kinds of misleading phrases, then we can have a discussion.

– Some chose to be professional students at our expense for much of their youth having fun at an overpriced university, eventually earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Australian Brown Snake Gender Studies. So can’t get a job that suits their degree. Now they have to pay back $1.6 trillion of our money. But Biden the Savior, will let you and me pay another $300 million so they can default on their loan and HE gets their vote.

– Those who took out these outrageous loans should repay.

– No to this madness that we already give a lot and it must stop, we are raising a group of worthless people who never do good.

– Biden to hire 87,000 armed IRS agents to go after people with tax gaps, as he refuses to tackle the low hanging fruit of people who owe $1.6 trillion in loans students and actually cancels the debt, charging US citizens $300 million to complete his scheme!

– Pell Grants are not loans, they are GRANTS and do not have to be repaid. Why are they getting $20,000?

– You take out a loan, you repay it. It is not the responsibility of the hard-working, self-reliant citizens of this country to pay off the debts of others.

-Why should I pay for someone else’s bad choices?

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