Put down that beer and pick up that gun, soldier!

There’s a lawmaker here in New Hampshire who wants to lower the drinking age to 18 to members of the armed forces. State Representative Jim Splaine (D-Portsmouth) is putting forth the notion that 18 to 20-year-olds could, with a valid military ID, buy alcohol.

It’s an intriguing idea. We trust those young folks to vote, drive, and serve in the military, but we won’t trust them to drink responsibly. Apparently a Budweiser is more dangerous in their hands than an M-16.

On the other hand, drunken youths are a given. Anyone who’s ever been near a college can tell you multitudes of stories of just how well they DON’T handle their liquor.

It’s a tough call, and I’m undecided at this point. One thing is virtually guaranteed, though; MADD will be — well, mad as wet hens — over it. And that tends to make me think it wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

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