The Contradiction of Being a Young Adult

The Contradiction of Being a Young Adult
The Contradiction of Being a Young Adult

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- A young woman is considered an adult at 18 years of age. She can act without her parent's approval.

She can:

  • get a job
  • rent an apartment
  • get a driver’s license and buy a car
  • travel anywhere she wants
  • register to vote
  • approve her own medical procedures
  • join the military
  • choose her sex partners
  • start a business
  • sign contracts
  • have an abortion
  • go to college
  • take out school loans
  • buy a house
  • become a teacher in Florida at 18
  • become a police officer in Florida at 19
  • take out a mortgage
  • get married
  • have children

..because those are the things that young adults do.

Yet we tell her that she is too young to own a firearm to defend her family even though young adults are the most likely victims of violent crime. And if she does own a gun, then we’ll try her in court as an adult.

One thing is clear. Our young adults are more mature than our politicians.


About Rob MorseSlow Facts

The original article is here.  Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily, and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

Photo from Oleg Volk and used with permission.

  • 9 thoughts on “The Contradiction of Being a Young Adult

    1. While it is true that most young folks don’t fully mature until around the age of 25 (driving insurance stats), especially when it comes to impulse control and evaluating the outcomes of their actions, they have to start somewhere. Whatever the age of military enlistment or draft and the right to vote would seem the appropriate age to recognize them as adults. And, thereby hold them to adult standards. To treat them as sub adults in some legal aspects in not reasonable. If those under 21 are adjudged by the “adult” population and politicians to be incapable of responsibly owning a firearm, then they certainly should not be considered mature enough to be eligible to vote and thereby influence our countries legal and political future. Talk about a great opportunity of the present for the tail to be wagging the dog. They and we can’t have it both ways and have a functional just society.

    2. The eighteen, nineteen, and twenty year old population should be demonstrating all over the country, out side the halls of every legislature and Congress, and surrounding the Whitehouse and every state house. I am shocked that they would sit idly by and let politicians diminish their Constitutional Civil Rights.

    3. Don’t ever forget it wasn’t an 18 or 19 year old that missed all the signs and safeties of the crazy that started this mess. Regardless of how old he was the government, both federal and local, and the school district screwed this pooch.

    4. How many of these are exclusive to being 18 or older? Seems like you can choose a sex partner at any age. Start a business at any age. Get a job at any age, Go to college at any age.
      If we want information to make an argument we need to keep it useful. Not something someone can poke a hole through.

    5. She can go to Afghanistan and carry a handgun and a long gun and is trained to and most likely has used them both, but when she returns, she can’t purchase a handgun to carry to protect herself in her own country, which she risked her life to defend. Back in the day we made the same argument about being drafted at 18 and getting injured or killed in Vietnam, but we couldn’t vote for the people who were sending us there. Looks like history repeating itself. History isn’t being taught in schools and politicians never took a history course apparently when it was.

    6. I grew up in the 60’s and remember well when 18 got to vote. It was all predicated on the draft at the time. 18-20 should have never relinquished their right to drink alcohol and purchase handguns. Now they are losing more rights. Let’s see maybe if we prevent anyone under the age of the oldest person who committed murder with a gun from buying a gun then we can stop murders. Let it be a lesson to all they take away some rights then they want to take more.

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