Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Alcohol Kills People, Not Guns

In North Carolina, guns don't kill people - but alcohol? Watch out [Raleigh Chronicle, It's Now Easier To Buy A Shotgun In NC Than A Keg Of Beer]:
In the state's continuing war against the consumption of alcohol, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley signed a new law on Monday that will not only make it harder to buy kegs of beer, but will also diminish the legal rights of defendants to challenge illegally or incorrectly obtained evidence by the state in regards to driving under the influence charges.
According to the article, if you are 21 or over, you need a permit to buy a keg of beer. If you are 18 or over, you can legally buy a shotgun without a permit.

I'm sorry, but that's messed up.

And, literally, consumption of alcohol could kill you when this law goes into effect:
With the new law going into effect, the state has also made it a crime to actually consume alcohol if a citizen is under 21 years of age.

As such, students who seek medical attention for alcohol poisoning could now find themselves charged with the crime of alcohol consumption after they seek treatment at any hospital or other healthcare provider.
Save your life: buy more shotguns.

[H/T, Celestina]

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1 comment:

Suzanne said...

I agree. There's something a bit weird, there. I'm not a fan of college binge drinking, but the idea that a guy who goes out to fight for his country in Iraq can't get a beer-- something's amiss.

I knew a girl online who got married at 20. She couldn't legally have a glass of wine at her own wedding.