Age of Majority

Age of Majority

by Hugh Akston

 

The age at which a person, formerly a minor or an infant, is recognized by law to be an adult, capable of managing his or her own affairs and responsible for any legal obligations created by his or her actions.

A person who has reached the age of majority is bound by any contracts, deeds, or legal relationships, such as marriage, which he or she undertakes. In most states the age of majority is eighteen, but it may vary depending upon the nature of the activity in which the person is engaged. In the same state the age of majority for driving may be sixteen while that for drinking alcoholic beverages is twenty-one.

 

Another name for the age of majority is legal age.

 

While legal age is dependent on the State you are a resident of and the activity you are engaged in, I wonder if it should be. One prime example is the age to purchase and own differing firearms;

An individual 16 years of age or older may purchase an air rifle.

An individual 18 years of age or older may purchase a rifle or shotgun.

An individual 21 years of age or older may acquire a handgun.

Yet an individual 18 years old may be drafted into the military and issued a handgun for a personal side arm, one he cannot legally buy on his own.

 

The Militia Act of 1792 defines both militia and their responsibilities, it also sets the requirements for a draft of military forces.

… resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia.

 

Enrolled in the militia subject to call up, or better known as a draft.

 

Setting differing ages for certain activities is not a new concept, it was even included in the Constitution, setting different ages for different offices; this was to ensure that well adjusted mature people were elected to office or eligible to vote. Public education distorted this concept; look at Cynthia McKinney, Hank Johnson, or a multitude of Democrats in office and the people who elected them.

 

U.S. Constitution.

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years.

No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years.

No Person… shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years.

But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age,

The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.

 

Age plays many roles in our decisions; everything from experience, education, even brain development (which many Doctors now believe does not fully develop until the age of 25.) all play a part, and all are dependent on age. While some younger people are smarter than some older people, experience and opportunities all come with time. But should we have such diversity to the Age of Majority?

 

Job 32:6-9 [6] And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I [am] young, and ye [are] very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion. [7] I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. [8] But [there is] a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. [9] Great men are not [always] wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

 

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

 

Out of the mouths of babes oft times come gems.

 

God Bless.

 

Just my thoughts for today

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Comment by tom dodd on April 21, 2013 at 6:24pm

 

...HENRY, I think in most cases those who are writing, over-writing, and amending laws, are FULLY aware that they are undermining the Constitutiion... they are also fully aware of the intention of our "foundation" laws (Constitution and Bill of Rights), but, as 0 has said, these laws are too confining...

 

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