Republican Colorado state senator, Greg Brophy, plans to encourage underage drinking when he introduces legislation which would allow parents to buy alcohol for their children in restaurants, provided the children are over 18 years of age. He claims to have gotten the idea when he wanted to buy his daughter some alcohol, but was refused due to her age (20).
This move greatly offended organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), whose president, Jan Withers, spoke out saying, "When people under the age of 21 drink alcohol with their parents, they actually drink more frequently and in larger quantities." Her comments were locally reported by thedenverchannel.com.
Sen. Brophy sees the situation differently claiming, "Showing them (teens) a responsible way to consume alcohol is actually an important part of growing up." Brophy, however, acknowledges that his plan may not be popular, "I recognize there are maybe people who don't like it. But again I have to ask…If you're trusted to vote, if you're trusted to carry a weapon in the service of your country, why can't we trust you to buy a beer at the bar?"
Many eyes around the nation will anxiously be awaiting the legislative consensus around Senator Brophy's bill.
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