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Within the last few weeks the alleged Washington DC-area snipers were caught All evidence points toward seventeen year old John Lee Malvo and forty one year old John Allen Muhammad Considering Malvo is only seventeen he cant be executed in any surrounding area except for Virginia where the minimum age for execution is sixteen This interested me heavily considering the government cannot find a right answer even after six are dead I know I wouldnt make a decision as unwise as Malvo has made yet dying this young is unimaginable By the time you are seventeen you should be able to tell the difference between right and wrong Adulthood does not just abruptly creep up on you on your eighteenth birthday it is a process of growing For me I was eased into being an adult before the time I was seventeen My mother took a traveling-nurse job to attain more money for our family hoping it would help fund my college tuition My sister had already left for college and I was the only one who would be taking care of the house At first when she left I was somewhat overwhelmed I couldnt do my laundry couldnt cook was too lazy to wash dishes and struggled with cleanliness After about a week my mother came back and got me caught up on my chores Eventually my dependence on her was worn out and I could easily live by myself However I wasnt fit enough to make adult decisions This was evident when I was caught throwing a party It takes complete responsibility and independence before I consider adulthood to be true College is considered reaching maturity due to age however most are not on their own their parents continue to finance them So really when is the actual age when you are a true adult The United States is one of only seven countries who enforce the death penalty to those
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