I say definitely no.
Just adding my 2 cents… if we are going to raise the age to when we can purchase a firearm, then we need to raise the age of everything else. Voting, draft registration, legal ownership of anything (insert house, car, etc) driving, serving the country, jury duty…
You get my point.
I am not all that encouraged about our youth anyway. I watch enough news that I have little hope for the country (parts of it only) let alone the ability of some of these kids getting a driver’s license.
I think if gun ownership age and voting age were tied together some who are against private firearms ownership would be tripping over them selves to switch positions. Lol
Agreed… and maybe if drinking, gun ownership, and being able to serve in the armed forces were all the same, then there would be less issues all around. Same thing with legal ownership of anything for that matter.
you could take it further - much along R Heinlein’s idea as a citizen - by volunteering to serve after completion of basic/trades you now have the right to vote.
in a lot of his stories by joining the military or government entitled you to be a citizen and citizenship entitled you to vote.
I had completed basic before I turned 17 (interesting clause - 17th year with parents permission) and was unable to partake in alcoholic beverages accept in the mess. However when in uniform and off base a vast majority would serve me even when the age was 19 or 21 (depending on where I was at the time). Waiting a year to vote was not much of a impact on the general voting population (17-18) but changing it to 21 would for someone serving.
I was talking to a senator about mandatory service. In some form or function… mandatory 4 years before heading off to higher learning IE collage.
I am all for it. Even a kid in a wheel chair… we need people to do paperwork too.
But this back and forth on when you are an adult is dumb. Make it all 21… you have to be 18 to drive in Hawaii… make that the rule in all 50 states.
Manditory… this is why;
We have raised an entire multiple generations that are weak, snowflakes, and incapacitated of rational thinking.
Be more like Israel… mandatory. Get brats away from mommy and daddy. A good dose of reality.
Ho God! the kids will never leave the house!!!
you mean, bicycles?
yeah, I used to put a lot of miles in mine way back when…
Yeah these days I rather not have my kid disappear and end up … well in a situation that would require me to channel an old skill set.
But I see what you are saying.
Thats another concern, we are not in Americas glory days. America is on a downward spiral and could very easily be considered 2nd world. Even since I was a kid 14-15 years ago, things have got considerably worse, I would not want my kids running around town like I did.
You’re still a dang kid lol wish I was your age again
I dont feel like it. Having kids beats you up and makes you feel old lol. Im talking the preteen through teenage years though, kids now of days are at a much higher risk of being a victim.
Yeah it does, glad I quit with 2!
We also stopped at two but should have kept going, at the time it seemed like it was the right decision for us but hindsight and all…
I injured my back in high school. Came in from an annex building in winter and the top of the steps had snow and ice on them. I was 2/3 of the way down and had 16 bodies land on me when someone slipped at the top.
Military wouldn’t touch me with a bad back(messed up a disc bad) but I was repairing electronics and was a ham radio operator. The local guard unit was tired of not having working radios with half sent off for repair so I volunteered to repair their electronics.
Volunteering came with perks! I got to play with their rifles in the underground range they had! Plus I drank for free in the bar in the basement of the armory. Did stuff for them for 5 years before I moved to far to be on call…
Plenty of other volunteer things people could do!