I am not against background checks. The evidence shows that they don't really reduce crime, because they simply deter criminals from licensed gun dealers, but they don't harm anyone. So, might as well. But please read the debate topic before accepting the debate. This is about the assault weapons ban.
Just FYI, "assault weapons" are nothing more than hunting rifles that look a certain way. They can accept magazines, like almost any other rifle, which means ANY magazine. No gun can only accept low capacity magazines. If a gun can use a magazine, it can use any magazine. They fire at the same rate as any other civilian rifle, because they are NOT military weapons. Militaries use machine guns. Civilians virtually cannot own machine guns. Machine guns are never used in crime in the United States.
I own an AR-15 myself, (well legally it's my cousin's but i bought it with my own money) I keep it at my summer home in Florida. I actually have a bumpfire stock which can somewhat emulate automatic but I know the laws in the US. Im pretty much sure almost every law abiding citizen can agree on more background checks. It will most likely won't do anything, but we can at least try to get wackos away from guns.
I'm all for trying, but the evidence just doesn't show they reduce crime. No problem with having them, but they really are just a placebo. I think a better way to discourage mass shootings is first, to encourage media not to publicize the names of the perpetrator, which would take away their motivation to be famous in death, and to get rid of these "gun free zones" which do nothing but attract people wishing to cause great harm.
Reasons for voting decision: I did not see arguments supported by premises, just opinion lists. I felt that Con came the closest to forming a traditional argument in favor of his position, which was to challenge an argument that would support an assault weapons ban. Sources would have also helped create a more three dimensional debate here. Conduct for the FF.
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