Guest column: Don’t stereotype me

It’s not fair that I can volunteer to fight for our country, but my Second Amendment right is being taken away by private businesses, writes Tucker Egan.

I am Tucker Egan. Being 19 years of age, I have become disgusted with the recent decisions that have made the headlines across our great nation.

Businesses such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, etc., are, in my opinion, showing prejudice (preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience) on my generation (18-20) and trampling on our Second Amendment constitutional rights.

I feel they are being prejudiced against this age group by increasing the age to buy a firearm and ammunition to 21, even though state law and federal law authorizes purchases at the age of 18.

Through these acts they are showing what would be considered ageism, which is defined as prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a person’s age. Because of a handful of individuals full of stupidity, selfishness and ignorance, lawful citizens of my generation have been put into a stereotype that those of us aged 18-20 are irresponsible and apparently don’t know how to handle a firearm nor purchase ammunition, bringing forth punishment upon us, for another’s wrong choice.

I could have, at the age of seventeen, joined the military and fired a fully automatic weapon, yet I am not allowed to purchase any rifle or ammunition in the said businesses until the age of 18.

This encourages the further deterioration of our Second Amendment rights for all. The Second Amendment states, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

I believe people have forgotten the true meaning of what this states so I looked up the definitions of certain words and have written down what I truly believe our Founding Fathers meant when they wrote this. Here is what I think they meant: “A well-maintained group of civilians being required or needed for the security of a free State, The right of the populace to have, retain or be in possession of weapons and ammunition, shall not be limited, undermined, or encroached upon.” My reference for this is if anyone asks.

It pains me to watch the citizens of this country so willingly give up their constitutional rights that our forefathers so eagerly fought and died for one piece at a time. Thank you for your time.

Egan was born and raised in the Mini-Cassia area. He grew up fishing, trapping and hunting and received his high school equivalency at the age of 17. Since then he has found a love for history, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers.