- The Washington Times - Monday, February 19, 2018

Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe says a “#Children’sCrusade” may be just what America needs to implement new gun control measures.

Mr. Tribe, who was appointed the first Senior Counselor for Access to Justice in 2010 by then-President Obama, said Monday on Twitter that the “BS detectors” of children should be allowed to work in voting booths.

“Teens between 14 and 18 have far better BS detectors, on average, than ‘adults’ 18 and older,” he tweeted. “Wouldn’t it be great if the voting age were lowered to 16? Just a pipe dream, I know, but … #Children’sCrusade? … #ChildrensCrusade = #MarchForOurLives! Make this as big as possible. Retweet all messages like this one!”

The constitutional-law professor’s remarks, made while promoting the upcoming “March for our Lives” anti-gun rally in D.C., came as dozens of teenagers protested Monday outside the White House with a “lie-in” for increased gun control.

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Their efforts are part and parcel of a national conversation on gun laws following the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkside, Florida.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, who was arrested after the shooting, is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

“This is foolishness of the highest order,” responded The Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, a graduate of Harvard Law School. “The measure of whether a proposal has merit or not should not be the personal emotional investment of the person making the proposal. We don’t let doctors operate on their own family members for a reason. And just because someone saw a classmate shot to death does not grant expertise on matters of policy.”

Mr. Shapiro said social media messaging such as Mr. Tribe’s is a form of “emotional manipulation” that makes it easier for gun-control advocates to frame critics as “uncaring.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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