The voting age in the United States is 18-years-old, any younger than that and you can't vote but Washington D.C. is looking to change that. By the 2020 elections, children as young as 16-years-old could be allowed to vote in federal and local elections. New legislation introduced last Tuesday by D.C. council member Charles Allen, a Democrat pushing hard for gun control.
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Alisha Chopra, 18, a senior at School Without Walls said, "I think people are getting excited about this, especially with what's going on in the nation right now in terms of youth leading social change. So I think that people are going to be very excited about it and want to get on board." The shooting in Parkland is still inspiring changes to legislation and now the students who survived the shooting are seeking to expand their agenda.
One 16-year-old Sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School named Alex Shyer said, "We work, we pay taxes, we care for family members, we can drive, we can do so many other things. So, adding voting onto that isn't going to be that big of a responsibility. We can handle it." There is a difference between being able to perform menial tasks and actually being able to make a meaningful contribution to a national debate and young teens still can't see around corners to fully understand the consequences their actions have. Congress passed the 26th Amendment giving people 18 and older the right to vote in 1971 and in 2013 a city in Maryland allowed 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections, but never federal elections.
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Eroding away at our constitutional rights more, and more, and more until a decade or two goes by and now all guns are banned completely and then one of these very student's, parents or brothers or sisters is killed by violent crime and you're left wishing you had a way to defend your family from evil. The right to bear arms is the people's last defense against tyranny and when the next presidential candidate comes along promising gun control and all the students are allowed to vote then another big chunk of our inalienable rights are dissolved.
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