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Greematthew
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Banning Assault Weapons is an effective way to reduce crime in the United States

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Started: 5/9/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Anjou

Con

I, as con in this debate, will argue that Banning Assault weapons is not an effective way to reduce gun violence in the United States; likewise pro will argue that banning assault weapons is indeed an effective measure to ending gun crimes in the United States of America.

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BOP lies with both; Pro has to convincingly prove that banning SPECIFICALLY assault weapons is an effective measure to stop gun crimes in the United States. In the same way, Con has to convincingly prove that banning specifically assault weapons is not an effective measure in reducing gun crime in the United States.
First round is for acceptance.
Greematthew

Pro

Thank you beginning this debate! I accept. I look forward to a hearty and fruiful exchange of opinion and words.
Debate Round No. 1
Anjou

Con

Anjou forfeited this round.
Greematthew

Pro

Greematthew forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Anjou

Con

Overview:
A group of widely democratic party aligned congressmen and women are pushing for increased gun control including background checks and a federal gun registry and in some cases some are calling for the banning of assault weapons and any weapon with more than a maximum clip capacity of ten rounds (Guns Save Lives); however, this is an inefficient way to reduce gun crime because a negligible amount of gun violence is actually committed by assault weapons, criminals are those who refuse to abide by the laws of the United States government and would not be willing to subject themselves to a ban, and the subjugation of assault weapons would create a black market for illegal assault weapons.

I.a
Despite the mass killings in Tucson, Arizona, Newtown, Connecticut (Christofferssen), and Aurora, Colorado, only .4% of all murders in the United States are committed with a weapon that is determined to be an assault weapon (a weapon that is of military rifle style and holds more than 15 rounds) by the United States government and of those .4% only 1% of all murders with an assault weapon are performed with a military caliber bullet. From this evidence, we can easily assume that banning any sort of assault weapon or the projectile it fires would have a negligible amount of effect on the gun violence in the United States. The argument that it would stop gun violence because people wouldn"t have access to them is moot thanks to the fact that rarely anyone even gets murdered with an assault weapon. In fact, when taking the calculation of how many people die per year from an assault weapon that fires a military caliber bullet, out of (Sloan) 315,000,000 American citizens, a meager 126,000 people are injured by assault weapons and 52,000 are killed every year from assault weapons crime.

I.b
Criminals by definition are individuals who refuse or consistently break the law established by a specific country, organization, or group. With this definition in mind,criminals in the United States of America would not subject themselves to an assault weapons ban even if it was put in place. Criminals do not subject themselves to the laws of the United States, and an assault weapons ban would only prohibit law abiding citizens who do regard the law as an authoritative diction from obtaining a firearm for defense rather than a criminal. An assault weapons ban would be quite honestly worse than useless in stopping gun violence because anyone who has already been convicted of breaking a law concerning weapons is likely to break another with a complete and total disregard of the ban itself. In the end, you create a situation where a United States citizen who abides by the law and pays their taxes is barred from acquiring assault weapons whereas those who don"t care about the law at all can access assault weapons illegally.

I.c
In 1920, the Prohibition act was voted constitutional by the Supreme Court and subsequently put into law by congress the following week. The subsequent and very regrettable consequence of such a bill was the creation of a massive black market system that dealt in crime, murder, and violence until the repeal of the amendment in 1933 (Hanson). Alcohol sales skyrocketed and Prohibition ended up doing the opposite of what it was intended to do; it increase alcohol usage and sales, not decreased it. In a similar way, an Assault Weapons Ban could cause the creation of a huge black market system that profits off of criminals who want to break the law and wreak even more havoc now that they are adding on to their criminal career. It"s evident that with what has been presented to us in the past and what could possibly happen in the future, in conjunction with the fiery tempers that are flaring up now, an assault weapons ban or in a more general case most gun control would be a counter intuitive idea to put in place.

A massive sixty percent of crime (National Institute of Justice Web Page) in the United States of America is committed with a firearm of some sort. This is an extraordinary figure, however more controlling methods do not cease gun violence as has been established previously. Just as Prohibition failed to keep people from consuming or distributing alcohol, an Assault Weapons Ban would not be an effective measure to decrease gun violence in the effect of which it could result in a massive black market and would produce a counter-intuitive measure against stopping gun violence; you then are confronted with a situation where only law abiding citizens are without weapons, and a massive black market system that supplies criminals against the people and the gun usage and illegal ownership is not only higher, but gun violence and gun deaths are inevitable to skyrocket.

I will put my sources in comments; not enough time or space to do it here.
Greematthew

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
Anjou

Con

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Greematthew

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Greematthew 3 years ago
Greematthew
I actually didn't mean to accept this debate because I thought my opponent was taking the pro side of things. I should read better lol
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