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Oreo1088
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ConserativeDemocrat
Con (against)

Conceal to carry

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Started: 7/19/2016 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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Oreo1088

Pro

I believe that you have the right to conceal and carry if you please. If they go through the paper work and all the back ground checks they should be able to without anyone harassing them about it. If they have any type of criminal records at all they shouldn't be able to have one. People make it a big deal when someone carry's a gun into somewhere and people see it. Like if they got permission from the government to carry ii they have a right to bring it wherever they go. Lot of people usually us it when they go on trips or something. When they go to place there not usually from they may liker to have it or when ever traveling down the road and break down you never know if what someone might do to you. If they stop somewhere and people that have kids see it they make a big deal about and how there kids shouldn't be seeing that kind of stuff. You never know what kind of people you may run into when you are out on the road and now a days I would be scared at times and places I go. That is why I think that they should not be harassed about carrying a gun into public places.
ConserativeDemocrat

Con

I accept. In this debate, I will show that CCW laws cause more harm then good.

Rebuttals first.

"When they go to place there not usually from they may liker to have it or when ever traveling down the road and break down you never know if what someone might do to you."
Do you have any evidence that concealed carry weapons will reduce attacks on stranded drivers? Is this even a problem to begin with?

" If they stop somewhere and people that have kids see it they make a big deal about and how there kids shouldn't be seeing that kind of stuff."
- I don't get this point. You explained a possible counter argument, but failed to rebut it. Extend.

"You never know what kind of people you may run into when you are out on the road and now a days I would be scared at times and places I go."
- As I will point out later, CC will actually make these situations worse. Do you have any evidence to back up your claim?

"That is why I think that they should not be harassed about carrying a gun into public places."
-This is a problem. The resolution is about CCW laws, but now you make a point about harassment. Please extend.

Now onto my arguments.

C1: Increased Crime.
- A common claim by gun rights activists is that guns will decrease crime, as citizens can stop criminals. This is false. A study done in 2012 by the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded that states that had "shall carry" laws had a 2% increase in murders and a 9% increase in violent crime [1]. A 1995 study published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminalogy found that states that passed "shall issue" laws had a 4.5 person per 100,000 increase in the gun homicide rate [2]. So allowing CC is increasing the crime risk.

C2: Increased risk.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that people who carried guns were 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault then people who don't carry guns [3]. This is more of a rebuttal of the gun rights activists' claims that guns will keep you safe.

C3: Restrictions don't stop crime.
You state that we should place restrictions on concealed carrying. However, these laws do not work. From 2007-2014, 636 people were murdered by people legally licensed to carry firearms [4]. Even worse, the Violence Policy Center states that CC handlers were arrested for gun offences 81% more in Texas [5]. Plus, just in 2007 Florida, 1400 felons, 128 active domestic violence perpetrators, and 216 people with active warrants held CCPs [6]. So how can you say that restrictions will keep criminals away?

C4: Public opinion.
You may think guns will make people feel safe. This is false. First, after Illinois passed a law allowing CC, a poll found that over 52% of the population felt less safe [7]. Plus, 79% of college students would not feel safe if people had firearms on campus [8]. Finally, 57% of the US population felt less safe after learning people could conceal guns in public [9].

C5: Criminal reaction.
When it is easier for people to carry firearms, it is more likely for criminals to carry guns. 75% of convicted felons carried guns because they fear their victims could be carrying guns [10]. What does this mean? Victims who are not carrying could be at risk of being shot because of others.

To conclude, I have shown that CC laws should not exist, due to my 5 contentions. I have proved the CC makes people feel less safe, cause more crime, and restrictions don't keep criminals from carrying guns. I await my opponents response.

Sources:
[1] http://www.nber.org...
[2] http://scholarlycommons.law.northwestern.edu...
[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...
[4] http://www.vpc.org...
[5] http://concealedguns.procon.org...
[6] http://www.gainesville.com...
[7] http://news.siu.edu...
[8]https://www.researchgate.net...
[9] http://smartgunlaws.org...
[10] https://www.ncjrs.gov...
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