Shannon Frattaroli, an associate professor with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, apparently thinks senior citizens shouldn’t be trusted with the right to keep and bear arms. “When I think about older adults and access to guns, the thing that immediately springs to mind is their incredibly high rates of suicide—and suicides from guns in particular,” said the Bloomberg-backed nabob of nanny-state prohibition, according to New America Media.
But the suicide rate of elderly Americans is only marginally, and only sometimes, higher than any other age group except those under 20. Nonetheless, Frattaroli urges that seniors—who often are more frail and vulnerable to violent attack than younger people—could be disarmed through schemes like California’s “Gun Violence Restraining Orders.”
We hope that Frattaroli’s call for disarming law-abiding American seniors falls on deaf ears. After all, there’s no indication that our Founding Fathers believed the Second Amendment-protected right to keep and bear arms should have a maximum age limit.