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Old 11-09-2008, 06:29 PM
Location: Home!
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Originally Posted by swagger View Post
Is 18 not the threshold for becoming a legal adult? Everything in the country that defines being an "adult" defines it as a person 18 or older, except for drinking, gambling and handgun ownership.

At 18, you can buy a rifle, but you can't buy a six pack of beer or a revolver. You can smoke, but not drink. You can buy porn, but you can't put a nickle in a slot machine. You can fight in a foreign land and die for your country, but you can't order a martini or bet on a football game. How does this make sense?
Maybe it is good that you can buy a rifle, but not alcohol. Doesn't stop an 18 yo from drinking, that's for sure. But it may stop him from getting ticked off at someone in the bar and going home and shooting something up.

Or maybe they should raise all the other things to be off limits until you are 21
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:49 PM
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I gotta agree about it being too young. (If only my 18yr old self could see me now). I think having that 3 year wait is a good thing. Too many young people have the potential to pick up bad habits. The age limit doesn't really stop them but at least it puts the brakes on a little. What's 3 years in long run.
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:55 PM
Location: Tyler, TX
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Originally Posted by dynimagelv View Post
doesnt have to make sense.....the casinos dont want low age gamblers because they dont conduct themselves properly and they chase away the adults....who b.t.w. seem to have the lions share of the disposable income.....

example.....the Canyon Club at the Four queens was open to 18 and over.....it no longer is because the cost of making repairs from the vandalism was prohibitive. the under 21 crowd was kept out....the vandalism stopped....you do the math.
The casinos can impose their own house rules. What they want is irrelevant to my argument - for me, it's about age discrimination being perpetrated by the government. My position is based solely on that premise - the casinos (or liquor stores or whatever) should be permitted to refuse service to anyone, for any reason. If they want to turn away business, that's their prerogative.
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:40 PM
Location: Kingman AZ
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thats a whole other thread then.....I agree.....BUT to make it a law invites problems within the gambling industry....if I remember right they tried lowering the drinking age a few years back and that was ..... less then successful.
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Old 11-09-2008, 08:49 PM
Location: Invercargill, New Zealand
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I say yes! When I was at Reno Airport last year you don't know how tempted I was to slip a coin in those slot machines.
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by aqualung8705 View Post
They should leave the age limit where it is. It's a small, but vital idiot filter.
The military needs an idiot filter also. But I doubt that they lower the age for that.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:49 AM
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Exaclty.....gambling is ADULT entertainment. If I'm not mistaken at 18 you're a legal adult.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:57 AM
Location: stuck
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if the gambling age was lowered to 18, you would see a big drop in the % of college graduates. many smart ass cocky kids would gamble all their $ away with big dreams of being poker kingpins.
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Old 04-22-2009, 11:53 AM
Location: Kingman AZ
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Originally Posted by ndb3 View Post
18 yr olds are just starting to move out on their own. It's too young to throw in that type of temptation. They need a few years of being financially responsible for themselves before you allow them to throw all their money away gambling. Too many 18 yr olds will come out of high school and ditch the idea of college to be a self proclaimed poker pro.

Although I'm sure the casinos love the idea, easy money for them.
NOPE....the casinos don't love the idea.....they are the reason that the age for gambling remained at 21 when they tried to lower the drinking age to 18.
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Old 04-22-2009, 12:26 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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Ahhh, a renewed thread.

No one over 25 to 30 will change the minds of those 15 to 18. As one well over the age of the first group, I would never vote for legal changes to the areas mentioned in this thread. I do however recall saying some of the same things as others when I was in the second age group.

I understand you may hate to hear it, but the experience of time might change your collective minds as well. Its pretty much a matter of priorities. Those of you in the younger group will be shocked how your priorities will change over time. I know mine did. All of my friends priorities changed too.

Allow time to mold you into an experienced citizen before you try to change everything those before you recognize as reasonable. Down the road you'll have more important things to worry about than those mentioned.

One more thought ... In the long run, the whole point is maturation. That is the ability to act on one's own without hurting yourself or others. Or, simply making good decisions. Obviously, those of you supporting the lower legal age limit are well ahead of your peers in this area or you wouldn't be posting on forums. Its great to see you expressing yourselves with inteligence.

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