I guess where my issue lies, is I don't think the average 18 year old is that terribly competent to make decisions for themselves. Don't misunderstand, I don't want to deny someone the right to self defense, but I think the age of unrestricted
majority should be bumped five years from 18 to 23.
Contracts, marriage, debt... Most kids don't have the good sense to know what is in their best interest. I know I didn't, but realizing that not everyone is like me, I will expand and say that I have not yet met an 18 year old who I thought was. I don't want to say they should be kept from these things, but most still need some help making decisions.
As a solution, if I were 'king,' a person would be given every right of an adult at age 18, but for the next five years would have to get either a parent/guardian or a judge to hear out their argument and 'sign off' on any major decisions. Any judge will do, so finding one who agrees won't be big deal, but it will force the young person to at least make a well thought out and reasoned argument about why they think they need to do whatever it is.
I don't want to wreck this thread, but I did need to vent.