Dear gun-ban teens: Since they cause so many deaths, shouldn’t we have a minimum cell phone age?

With the push for gun control at a fevered pitch, to include banning some firearms, Americans who value the Second Amendment and have a full understanding of its importance are not sitting idly by.

In this July 20, 2016 photo, police officer Matthew Monteiro speaks to a motorist about texting while driving while patrolling on his bicycle in West Bridgewater, Mass. Efforts to discourage drivers from texting have increased in recent years, but the consensus is that the problem is only getting worse. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Donations to the National Rifle Association, the country’s leading gun rights advocacy organization, have tripled since the Feb. 14 shooting at the Parkland, Fla., high school, coming  in response to the political left and their media allies blaming the NRA for the tragedy.

Social media users have also been actively pushing back against the media-driven political narrative that features teen victims as the face of a campaign to limit our God-given right to self-defense,  as seen in one tweet that compared guns to cell phones.

“Should 21 be the minimum cell phone age?” asked Dave Heckman. “The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the U.S. is caused by texting and driving.”

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the National Safety Council would like to see a full ban on electronic device use behind the wheel and is calling on legislators across the country to enact comprehensive laws to that effect, according to PR Newswire.

“No state currently has a law that completely bans all electronic-device use behind the wheel, and the Council believes a full ban – including a ban on hands-free electronic devices – is the most effective way to prevent distracted driving crashes,” said NSC president and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman.

But then, why limit it to banning cell phones? According to AAA, an average of 1,022 people die each year in crashes involving teen drivers, so why not ban driving too?

Savvy social media users are already ahead of us here, as seen in the reaction online:

For those looking for an end around to banning cell phones, given the anticipated resistance, there was a suggestion to raise the legal age to “26 or 30,” and in the spirit of banning “large capacity magazines,” to issue “small capacity one hr batteries!!”

One social media user extended the thought process to include abortions, the third rail of liberal politics.

And since we are so eager to ban things, another user came up with a brilliant idea — though it may be a bridge too far for today’s teenagers — when he suggested banning video games with guns and violence.

But then, one social media user astutely noted what liberals don’t seem to grasp, that “banning doesn’t work.” A claim supported by pointing to bans on drugs and driving under the influence, which have failed to prevent these factors.


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