Rep. Ayanna Pressley wants to raise the age to buy a firearm to 21. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
Pressley did not respond to Fox News Digital’s question as to why she believes 16-year-olds are mature enough to vote but 20-year-olds are not mature enough to buy a gun.
The Massachusetts Democrat unsuccessfully tried to push an amendment to the House Democrats’ voting rights overhaul bill last year, with the amendment failing handily with a 302-125 vote.
“A 16-year-old in 2021 possesses a wisdom and a maturity that comes from 2021 challenges, 2021 hardships, and 2021 threats,” Pressley said in March of last year. “Now is the time for us to demonstrate the courage that matches the challenges of the modern-day 16- and 17-year-old.”
Rep. Pressley has unsuccessfully pushed to lower the federal voting age to 16. (Getty)
Pressley also said in a Facebook live conversation after the amendment failed that she was “shocked” the idea of lowering the voting age to 16 was “polarizing.”
Left-wing efforts to lower the voting age failed to pass a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives twice since 2019.
The proposed amendment to lower the voting age has failed twice in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives since 2019. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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