ALCOHOL AND GUNS
No, you shouldn't mix the two of them, but they are in the news ... and I would be interested in your views on these subjects.
First, the debate over lowering the drinking age from 21 to 18.
This is an ages old debate ... many in their 50s and 60s or more ... probably themselves argued at one time: If I'm old enough to fight for my country ... I should be old enough to drink.
That is a simple response which ... for many ... carries the same weight as: If I'm old enough to fight for my country .. I should be old enough to vote.
Once you get past that thinking ... the debate gets tougher.
Several college presidents say they favor lowering the drinking age. Why? The biggest argument seems to be: It's happening anyway ... and hiding it encourages "binge drinking".
It is safe to assume that most parents ... like it or not ... fear or know ... that their underage college students are drinking. In many cases, today's parents did it when they were underage.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving say the college presidents are simply not willing to deal with the issue ... so they are just giving up. MADD says lowering the age will lead to more drunk driving disasters.
It should be noted .. that not all colleges favor lowering the drinking age.
Also, one bartender we talked to in our story on News Four fears the worst ... saying even at 21 ... not all kids are responsible enough to understand their actions.
So what do you think about lowering the age ... and what supports your opinion?
Our second issue: guns ... carried by teachers in our schools.
A Texas school district is allowing teachers to carry guns to class.
The Harrold Independent School District with about 110 students is about 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth.
The School Superintendent says it is a matter of safety. Parents in the district are not objecting.
The teachers who choose to carry ... will have to be certified to carry a concealed weapon ... get crisis training and permission from the school board.
It is a fact that in recent years, we've had numerous stories of bloody confrontations in our schools. Many believe if ... someone ... had a weapon to stop the violence ... kids might have been saved.
Teachers armed in the classrooms ... is at the least ... a sad commentary on our times.
So, are you against it ... or for it? And what will be your opinion the first time we have another act of violence in our schools? Especially, if it's your child's school?