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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

I'm Shocked to Find Gambling in this Establishment

100 los... I mean, teens are rallying in Des Moines in support of a bill that would force adults to register in order to buy kegs. The reasoning is, kegs are commonly used at parties where underage drinking may occur; this would allow the police to track the individual who was providing the alcohol and, I suppose, punish him.

I love laws that try to regulate behaviors that are going to occur anyway, and do so in a way that will exacerbate the harm of those behaviors. They're my favorite type, ever. For example, let's say you're going to throw a party, and this law is in effect. Having a keg is risky, since they can track it - so instead of having the mass consumption of beer, a relatively low-risk drink (since it's mostly water, and more filling than hard alcohol), you have jungle juice (Everclear and Kool-Aid) which kids are significantly more likely to get sick from. And that's even assuming you can enforce the law. All it will let anyone prove is that there was a keg at a party where there was underage drinking. It won't do anything in the direction of saying that the underage kids got anything from the keg - and if the rule is just that drinking has occurred in a house controlled by someone, then this doesn't do much there, either.

But also - these kids. What the fuck. Where do you get 100 kids who are so holier-than-thou to actually hold a rally to support a law so obviously unpopular among their age group? If I lived in Iowa, I would hold a kegger with at least 100 people in protest.

cranked out at 6:49 AM | |

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