What the authoritarian fascists who are saying "no way because..." don't ever comprehend is that underage, irresponsible kids who WANT TO drink alcohol still find a way to acquire it, and the underage, irresponsible kids who WANT TO obtain a gun (of any kind) still find a way to do so. On the other hand, the LAW-ABIDING, MATURE, RESPONSIBLE KIDS who would be able to handle doing either thing safely are prevented BECAUSE they are law-abiding and responsible. As usual, the fascists misidentify a problem, solve it incorrectly, and punish the innocent. As others have said, if you are considered old enough and mature enough to lay down your life for your country, you'd better be considered old enough to handle a gun to protect yourself or your loved ones. LOWER THE AGE.