Friday, June 02, 2006

Dumb It Down For Me

Rising out of some comments from a post over at the Conservative Hipster, somebody needs to explain this thought of mine to me.

Why is a 14 year old who commits a crime an adult needing punishment, but a 14-year old who makes out with a 20-year old a child needing protection?

I could see a consistent argument - either all 14 year olds are adults fully aware of what they're doing, or all 14 year olds are children needing protection.

I don't see the argument at all that 14 year olds are sometimes adults, and sometimes children - they're like the letter 'y' of the vowel world, I guess.

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5 comments:

jdave34 said...

Excellent points...

Dave Chappelle talks about this in his last stand-up video "For What It's Worth".

His whole point is how old is 14 really?

He talks about the 14 year old kid who's got a life sentence ahead of him for killing a kid while practising wrestling moves, and also the R. Kelly case...

interesting points made...

SUZANNE said...

A fourteen-year-old knows that killing is wrong, and if we don't dissuade them with a stiff sentence, they will do it. That's the difference. A fourteen-year-old may be naive, but his naiveté does not excuse a crime so blatant as murder. I think that's common sense.

Jim said...

Suzanne,

You didn't answer my question.

I'll ask it again.

Why is a 14 year old who commits a crime an adult needing punishment, but a 14-year old who makes out with a 20-year old a child needing protection?

Thanks.

Another_Sean said...

James,
I'll ask you a similar one:
Why is a 14 year old who commits a crime a child needing protection, but a 14-year old who makes out with a 20-year old an adult making their own choice?

Jim said...

Why is a 14 year old who commits a crime a child needing protection, but a 14-year old who makes out with a 20-year old an adult making their own choice?

I think that's the same inconsistent argument.

My point is, either you have to treat a 14 year old as an adult, making decisions OR you have to treat a 14 year old as a child, unable to take responsibility for their actions.

You can't arbitrarily say that a 14 year old committing murder knows what they're doing, but a 14 year old having sex doesn't know what they're doing. It's blatantly inconsistent.

With the raise in age of consent, I think the current line of thinking is that we have to say that a 14 year old is naive; unable to be held accountable for their actions.