Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Turning 21 - Guns and Liquor

My oldest turns 21 this week. He commented that he will now be able to buy guns and liquor, not necessarily in that order. But I wonder if we really do our youth a favor by keeping both off limits until they are this age. I have a theory that responsible use of both at a younger age would go a long way to a lifetime of responsibility. Proverbs 22:6 comes to mind:

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.
I have read that countries such as Italy where children can drink with their parents at meal time have a much lower incidence of alcoholism than say Ireland, where both teetotalling and alcoholism rates are much higher. I think glamorization or a forbidden fruit syndrome contributes to higher rates of youth drunkenness and underage drinking.

But we also can't forgot the allure of danger and swagger to young men. Being able to handle one's liquor is a phrase I learned early in my stint in the Navy. It proved you were tough. The redneck culture of some of my friends carried this to an extreme. I remember driving back to Seminary one fine evening, with my roommate at the wheel of an orange Dodge Charger. We both might have had a few beers in Georgetown and the woods around Highway 50 seemed deserted enough, so he thought nothing of popping off a few rounds from his .22 pistol into the woods. It all sounds incredibly stupid in hindsight, but for the life of me I have never been able to muster up any guilt over it.

No way to put a bow on this article, just some things to think about.

H/T to A Keyboard and a .45 for the photo. Maybe best name for a blog, ever.


  1. I got a .22 rifle when I turned 10, and I've been mixing drinks for my folks (and allowed to taste anything they're drinking) for as long as I can remember.

    No ill effects in the three test subjects so far, which is more than I can say for my classmates. (who managed to kill a very promising girl because of their "go hide in the woods and party and drink" BS)

  2. Thanks Foxfier for that personal commentary. Most people I have discussed this subject with, agree with you.

  3. I just realized: it works because my folks were involved....

    I can't see making it suddenly legal for a 15 year old to buy the stuff working out.

  4. Scene: Young Bdaddy & Dawg keeping the glasses full of beer as we catered our folk's bashes. Remember finding the bottle of Ouzo?

  5. Yes I do. I also remember having some for breakfast the next morning, but I'm thinking it was Pernod.