insufficiently controlled gun ownership is objectively bad for our society, and objectively unhealthy for the weapon owner. A gun owner is 300% more likely to commit suicide than a non gun owner. Suicide by the way is the 2nd leading cause of death for people under age 35. Suicide is the number one gun related killer and it's a huge one! But even School shootings are far from uncommon, there where more than 45 school shootings in 2015 alone even if you don't hear about them in the news everyday.
So, con, The numbers are objectively bad... The claim that guns protect you from criminals at all is debatable ... But con, honestly, above any of this, The united states, we, the people, are not a peace loving people. We are not a peaceful society at all, we can't even have a sale on laptop computers with out some one getting hurt every year. And finally what happens when add guns to potentially every minor conflict Americans have with each other on the daily basis? This happens: http://www.wlox.com...
Many people in favor of gun control reason that stricter gun control will decrease crime rates and save the lives of many people. However, enforcing stricter gun control will have the complete opposite effect, causing law abiding citizens to be defenseless and therefore encouraging crime by making it much safer for the criminals. In fact, in the United States, "guns actually save more lives than they take" (GOA). Firearms account for only 30,000 deaths by either suicides, homicides, or accidents each year. On the contrary, guns are used 2.5 million times for self defense. Guns are also used over 200,000 times a year by women in order to defend themselves from rape. Also, in a poll, "3/5 felons say that a criminal is not going to mess with an armed victim" (Gun Facts). If these innocent American citizens are stripped of their constitutional right to bear arms, they will be defenseless when confronted by a criminal, and thus, criminal activity would be encouraged.
Another fatal flaw in our government's plan to keep criminals unarmed is the black market. For example, even though marijuana is illegal in many states, people still find ways to obtain it through the black market. According to ATF (bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms) agent Jay Wachtel "Stolen guns account for only about 10% to 15% of guns used in crimes" (Noyes). This means that outlawing the buying and selling of guns will only create a short hurdle between criminals and their weapons, but in turn will leave all law abiding citizens defenseless.
Bailey, Bill. "The Founding Fathers on the Second Amendment." The Federalist Papers. The Federalist Papers Project, 5 Sept. 2011. Web. 15 Jan. 2016.
GOA. "Just For Skeptics." Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives. GOA, 16 Oct. 2008. Web. 27 Jan. 2016.
"Guns in America | Facts and Statistics about Firearms in the USA." Guns in America | Facts and Statistics about Firearms in the USA. Vici Media. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.
Noyes, Dan. "How Criminals Get Guns." PBS. PBS, 2014. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.
What is OBJECTIVELY TRUE, is that Gun ownership is harmful to the society at large and to the individual gun owner, I believe I have made this case through well reasoned sources and made a sound statistical case as such, In reply Con has provided ideological ramblings devoid of meaningful data to support them. Regarding the 2-Million defensive gun uses statistics:
" First, there is the social desirability bias. Respondents will falsely claim that their gun has been used for its intended purpose—to ward off a criminal—in order to validate their initial purchase. A respondent may also exaggerate facts to appear heroic to the interviewer.
Second, there’s the problem of gun owners responding strategically. Given that there are around 3 million members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in the United States, ostensibly all aware of the debate surrounding defensive gun use, Hemenway suggested that some gun advocates will lie to help bias estimates upwards by either blatantly fabricating incidents or embellishing situations that should not actually qualify as defensive gun use.
Third is the risk of false positives from “telescoping,” where respondents may recall an actual self-defense use that is outside the question’s time frame. We know that telescoping problems produce substantial biases in defensive gun use estimates because the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the gold standard of criminal victimization surveys, explicitly catalogs and corrects for it." -"How To Manufacture A Statistic", http://www.armedwithreason.com...
1700's or not, taking away our arms is one step closer to the totalitarian communist government that we as a nation have fought so hard to avoid. In World War II we showed the world the power of the United States by ending the Nazi Regime, and at the end of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan took a stand and showed the world the fault in communism and dictatorship. If the United States government takes our guns away, they will be no better than Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union, and we will surely end up as a communist country once their greatest threat is taken care of, that threat being people brave and strong enough to take up arms against a government that they know to be corrupt.
The United States may be a democracy now, but with the actions of our government lately, it is apparent that they are ready for a change.
Thank you for accepting this debate. And no matter the results, I am just glad that both of our stances can be heard thanks to our freedom of speech ensured by the 1st amendment, but if the government is allowed to strip us of our 2 amendment, take advantage of your freedom of speech, because the way our country is heading, it too will be gone in time.
The idea that some some how owning a civilian model Ar-15 will stop government tyranny is absolutely ridiculous. Ask your self how many imaginary communist governments have Con's guns over thrown? Where is the long history of Tyrants being over thrown thanks to the 2nd amendment.. In the mean time people are dying... every day, with out fail, People die.. That is what is at stake, There is no evidence of any Stalin waiting in the wings; This debate is conclusive, poorly regulated firearms are harmful to our society, there fore Vote for pro.
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