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John Honochick Composition Dr. Mathis 2-26-08 Throughout the course of history, many laws have been made to benefit society as a whole. Since it is a government’s job to protect its citizens, the legislators must be able swallow their pride and admit when they’ve gone wrong. In the case of changing the minimum drinking age to twenty-one, they have not only made a law that is near impossible to enforce, but are actually damaging the youth of this nation. Before getting to the health aspects of the drinking age, one should reflect on why it is a bad law in the first place. To do this, it is necessary to put aside all bias. When one contemplates why the minimum drinking age, being twenty-one, may be ineffective, several questions should enter ones mind. Why should a citizen of the United States of America be subjected to a life and death situation by being drafted into the military, but not be able to share a drink with their comrades? This was an area of concern during the Vietnam War. At the age of eighteen, any man is eligible to be drafted into the military, against his own will. During the Vietnam War, the average age of those serving was nineteen (two years shy of being legal to drink under current law). In fact, many of the states changed their laws during this time to allow young men and women, who were risking their lives for their country, to drink with their peers. It wasn’t until nine years after the war, in 1984, that the United States decided to pull federal funding from
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each individual state, for their roads, if their laws didn’t abide with the federal ideal of being twenty-one. As no state could afford to lose this federal money, they all changed their laws. Why should a citizen of the United States of America be able to gamble away their life savings, but not be able to share a drink with the friends they went to the casino with? In the United States it is legal for anyone eighteen years of age or older to gamble, although many casinos put a restriction on their gambling age due to the readily available alcohol at their bars. Because the legal age for gambling is eighteen, it is possible for a young man or woman to gamble away his or her life savings, and become poor, on one roll at the craps table before even having their first sip of alcohol.
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