Monday, April 2, 2018

Twenty-One For Everything

The idea is being floated that young people are not mature enough for gun ownership at 18.
I have thought about it and I agree. Young people do not demonstrate the maturity and responsibility necessary to be considered adults at the age of 18. So I have a common sense proposal.

Twenty-one will become the standard. All the Constitutional privileges of citizenship should come with some responsibilities. Activities that have become commonplace for minors need to be reexamined.

Free speech is too dangerous to be misused by children, so we will restrict use of the internet and other public forums to adults.  21.

Voting is too powerful a activity to be misused by children, best if that responsibility is something only adults participate in.  21.

Drinking is already 21.

Driving? Clearly the insurance data shows how dangerous it is to give a 16 year old a vehicle and permission to operate it on public streets. Driving should be 21.

Cell phones have their use. Children's cell phones should connect them to Mommy and Daddy and 9-1-1. A smartphone? You could get your adult smartphone at 21.

Gun? 21.

Higher education should not be attempted until you are an adult. High School could be extended one year, or schooling started one year later to allow for the overall immaturity of the children. After High School, everyone would 2 years of service. Military, Peace Corps, Vista, CCC, some kind of paid, supervised work that allow them to participate in Making America Great Again making a contribution to the society. But going to a university? 21, and then only after a successful 2 year stint in service.

Signing for a loan? Signing a student loan? 21.Letting an 18 year old encumber themselves with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt is just abusive. Even the students think so.

Let's give it a try. If it doesn't work out, we could raise it further.  Right now, children can stay on their parent's health insurance until they are 26. Maybe that is when adulthood begins.

If you have some other ideas on what activities should be restricted to adults, put them in the comments. I'm starting a movement.

It's for the children.
Updates: From the comments

From Odysseus: Age for military conscription. 21.

From B: Age of consent for sexual activity and marriage. 21. (Might really need to be 25 to reduce the divorce rate, click for the statistics.)

From Allen L.: Age for ownership of land. 21.
Age to sign for building permits. 21.
Age to receive any inheritance held in trust. 21.
Age for independent banking. 21.
Age to sign for business licenses and any form of bonding or insurance. 21.
Age for being eligible for  any licenses for conveyances on land, sea, or air. 21.
Age for rentals of any sort of equipment. 21.

From SiGreybeard: Age for owning a device capable of texting. 21.
(As SiGreybeard points out, The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving. 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving. 78% of all distracted drivers are distracted because they have been texting while driving.)


JPD said...

I am pleased you have started this movement. Also, I wholeheartedly agree with making the changes. However, like you mentioned, 21 my be too early.

Yes, it is. The 26 years for full adult participation, is more realistic. After some type of service for two years, I would suggest some type of internship, preferably in a vocational field, like ditch digging, harvesting crops, or city sewer maintenance. For a period of five years.

At that time, after careful review of their record, college or joining the adult workforce would be considered.

Divemedic said...

The rest of the bill of rights should kick in at 21:
No search warrants needed to search your belongings until you are an adult.
No right to a jury trial until 21.

The Mad Irishman said...

I absolutely agree.

Odysseus said...

I would agree as long as the age of possible conscription is raised to 21.

B said...

And marriage.....Since boys and girls can't be mature enough, 21 is the new age of consent.

Allen L. said...

A lot can wait due to that whole common sense restriction thing.

Ownership of land.
Building permits.
Any inheritance held in trust.
No independent banking.
No independent investment.
Business licenses and any form of bonding or insurance.
Any licenses for any conveyance on land, sea, or air.
Any form of other government licensing.
No rentals of any sort of equipment.

I suspect the kids wouldn't be real happy.

SiGraybeard said...

I suspect the kids wouldn't be real happy.

Look at the fuss they've put up about being required to carry clear backpacks at Stoneman instead of their regular backpacks.

One look at how many teens die texting and driving, 11 every day, vs school shootings, probably not 3 texting days worth in a year, says you're right on. No smart phones till 21. Or 26.

waepnedmann said...

Except farm kids.
They are inculcated with a sense of resposibily from birth and know that if they do not fulfill those resposibities they and their families will be hungry cold, and maybe dead or injured.
My best friend in high school got his pilot's license at 16 so he could fly to distant ranches to buy, sell, and ship cattle for the family business.
Farm kids bail alfafa all night (the moisture content is critical), feed the critters, get a nap and then go to school that day.
Ranching and farming is hard dangerous work and Darwin is at work.

The pre-frontal cortex which serves to control impulsive behavior does not fully develop in males until they are twenty-five to twenty-eight years old. I think we all remember that our automobile insurance rates dropped when we reached the age of twenty-five. Insurance carriers use hard data to make their decision not emotion and manipulation of unformed young minds.
We might look at the data instead of being manipulated by the media and emotional mob.

I remember when the vote for 18 year-olds was implemented. I was dubious about the wisdom of it then.
I am now certain that was an error.

David aka True Blue Sam said...

The experts say the brain is not finished developing until 25, so I agree with making 26 the age of adulthood. Add any years spent in graduate school to that. There aren't many things more annoying than an intern that went straight to grad school without work experience. They think they know everything. I would be OK with subtracting years for time spent in the military.

Caddie said...

I strongly agree! Such stupidity when the '18' became the legal adult age. I see the results of this every day. Many 18 year olds THINK they know everything and really know nothing much about real life. You see, I was once an 18 year old child. Now @78, I look back to how stupid I was then but with amazing energy.

Jerry The Geek said...

Well, this entire discussion fails the litmus test, in that it likens every person as morally (and intellectually, and responsibly, and wisely) equivalent to everyone else in their age group.

We all worked after school in high school, and summer jobs (usually in the harvest) and we saved our money to pay for a college education. And a car ... you got to have a car when you go to college.

Carl? He saved his money and bought Real Estate.

Today, Carl owns half of his home town. The rest of us are retired and living on a pension and Social Security.

If there is a moral to this story, it's that the obvious track to future security lies not necessarily in "doing the right thing" but in planning for your future ... and sacrificing the immediate return (in terms of years) but planning for the long term (in terms of decades).

I'm thinking I could be owning my own city, now, instead of renting an apartment. I should have talked to Carl.