If you can be drafted and sent to Viet Nam when you are 18
It's been awhile since we sent any 18-year-olds to Vietnam but I get your point.
TL/DR: I think 18 is too young to be allowed unrestricted access to firearms.
Okay I've read through the entire discussion.
I'm about to give you my opinion and I know it's going to piss some of you off. I also know that my opinion is really irrelevant because the world's not going to change because of what I
I am speaking in very broad and very general terms what I'm about to say may not have applied to you because you were working in a coal mine when you were 5 years old and had to grow up quick but in general I believe it's true.
The vast majority of 18 year olds are not old enough to be allowed unsupervised access to a firearm. They're also not old enough to be allowed unsupervised access to a voting booth but I'll go over that in a minute.
Yes, I'm well aware that 18 year olds can go to war and they can be drafted.
Like probably most of us here I went to basic training with a bunch of 18-year-olds (I was 22). The 18-year-olds that I was in basic training with and who I served with in the army had pretty much their entire life scripted and they were under adult supervision most
of the time. Even off duty in the barracks there was usually a senior NCO there to keep an eye on things.
In today's Army a young private can't get married without going through his NCO Support Channel. He can't buy a car unless his first line supervisor takes a look at the contract. They can't take out a loan. When I was in the army even if you were 21 years old you were only permitted to have one six pack of beer per person in your room in the barracks and they did check.
I also recall that several of the units that I was in wouldn't even allow soldiers regardless of age or rank
who lived in the barracks to have a fixed blade knife. If you had one it had to be stored in the unit Arms Room. Likewise, if you lived in the barracks regardless of age or rank
and you owned firearms they also had to be stored in the unit Arms Room and you needed permission from the unit armor to get them out.
When I was stationed at Fort Carson in the late 90s the Commanding General of the fourth infantry division issued a post-wide order that any Soldier under the rank of SGT. was not permitted to own a firearm or to keep a firearm in their Quarters (on or off post) as long as they were assigned to that command.
When I was in the army most of my chain of
command spent most of their time trying to keep idiot 18-year-olds from ruining their (The commander's) careers
My point is, the idea that you're if you're old enough to go to War you're old enough to be trusted with a gun is patently false
. The Army doesn't even believe that.
If it was up to me (and I'm well aware that it's not and it's never going to be). The age of full majority would be 21. At the age of 21 you can be drafted, you can vote, you can buy alcohol (and nowadays weed) and if you choose to you can purchase a firearm.
At the age of 18 I would allow partial
majority to those who choose to enlist in the armed forces. If you're in the armed forces who's ever in office can have a direct impact on your life. You should be allowed to vote.
I still wouldn't give the Second Amendment to an 18 year old in the Army. Because if you're in the Army you don't have the Second Amendment anyway. You have whatever access to Firearms your chain of command allows you to have.
I would also start enforcing our existing laws. If a convicted felon or otherwise prohibited person is caught in possession of a firearm they're prosecuted to the full extent of the law, every time, no plea bargains.
I'm not going to go through everything that I would do to change our legal system because it's wasting my time to write it and your time to read it because it's never going to happen. But that's where I'm at with 18-year-olds and guns.