What age are you able to drive at?It's 16 in Germany (18 for spirits), and beer prices start at $0.40c - but it is an ingrained way of life. Very little trouble.
If you use the argument that they will do it anyways illegally, then how can you (not saying you did, but in general, anybody who uses that logic) argue against the sale of legal guns... they will buy illegal ones anyways to kill people.Kids will be drinking themselves stupid regardless of the law, I know I did. Regardless, I think it should be lowered. Teenagers in UK seem to be doing just as well as 21 year old here. Well, except for the whole massive keg parties that seem to be an American college phenomenon.
I don't buy into the OLD ENOUGH FOR SERVICE OLD ENOUGH FOR ALCOHOL thing though. It's a catch phrase that means nothing. Kids (18-21) shouldn't be drafted into the military, they are too goddamned young to really understand what they are getting themselves into -- but that is a slippery slope that I'm not willing to step on any further.
But most guns used in crimes are illegally obtained, so I guess it is not that hard to acquire one as you make it sound.It's a bit different arguing that drink shouldn't be on sale to under-21s than arguing guns shouldn't be on sale at all. To use the example of here in the UK, if I'm 17 and want a drink, I just get my 18-year old friend to get it for me, or simply walk into a supermarket and pick the till operative least likely to ID me. If I want to buy a gun, I...uh...well, try to find my local branch of the Russian Mafia and ask them to sell me one and please don't kill me, comrade? Or I could...uhh...buy a toy and hope it somehow accepts real cartri...oh wait, I don't have any of them either.