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  •  When you believe (as in faith) that more guns (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, 88kathy, oldpotsmuggler, Miggles

    is always better, no one will convince you otherwise.  Sadly many more will be shot if this goes through.

    Not wise enough to drink, but wise enough to be a "responsible" gun owner?

    If anything, the minimum age for drinking should go down and the minimum age for owning firearms should go up.

    •  The drinking age is well established (4+ / 0-)

      because it intersects with inexperienced drivers on the road.

      It's my opinions that a lot of teen violence, and teen drinking/rape/etc. happens because teens have very few safe places to socialize.

      I'd be open about considering a drinking license. IOW, young people could legally buy, and consume alcohol in public, as long as they had no criminal history (including juve), and it could be limited. E.g. Bars could have those breathalyzer devices and be required to screen the intoxication level before selling to someone under 21.

      "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

      by LilithGardener on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 10:53:55 AM PDT

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      •  Plenty of other countries have drinking ages (0+ / 0-)

        well under 21, so I'm not convinced that the higher drinking age in the US (highest in the world apart from fundamentalist countries like Saudi Arabia) is really having any effect at all.

        •  But the vast majority of those place have ways (0+ / 0-)

          for young people to get around without driving a car.

          I can attest from a siblings time as an exchange student, foreign campuses have just as much drunken mayhem on campus as we have. But most of the kids don't have cars, where here they do.

          Alcohol is a huge factor in violent crime, and in particular with gun violence.

          "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

          by LilithGardener on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 08:27:45 PM PDT

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