The Instigator
agenttim2002
Pro (for)
The Contender
timtex4
Con (against)

Gun Rights

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/13/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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agenttim2002

Pro

Hoping for a good debate. I believe that people should have the rights to have guns if they meet the qualifications. I know a lot about this matter so be prepared for a strong argument.
timtex4

Con

If everyone is going to have a gun what is going to happened.
Many people have children. And if you have children and guns in your hose, it makes everything dangerous for them and for you.

Stephen Brumby: "Nothing Stephen knew about guns, it seems, could have prevented his father from accidentally shooting him dead Sunday at a Sarasota, Florida, gun range".

No name."A boy accidentally shot his father while they were hunting together in France before turning the
gun on himself".

" A 12-year-old boy died when he was shot through the eye by a friend who was trying to scare him with an gun for a prank".

Those are only three out of thousands and thousands accidents that have happened.
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Debate Round No. 1
agenttim2002

Pro

Thank you for accepting this debate. To begin my argument, I will rebuttal your claims. First of all, you did not list any evidence for your statements. Second of all, you have to look beyond the accidents even though they are a very sad tragedy. Look at all the lives saved due to law-abiding citizens using firearms. For instance, law-abiding citizens use guns to defend themselves against criminals as many as 2.5 million times every year -- or about 6,850 times a day (1). Of the 2.5 million times citizens use their guns to defend themselves every year, the overwhelming majority merely brandish their gun or fire a warning shot to scare off their attackers. Less than 8% of the time, a citizen will kill or wound his/her attacker (2).

I know many people, including you, are probably worried about gun-related accidents like the ones you have mentioned in your argument. A polling company, YouGov, did a poll asking people what they think is the most dangerous city in the United States. 53% of polling participants found Chicago to be the most dangerous city in America (3). Chicago also happens to have extremely strict restrictions on buying firearms. In June 2014, Chicago City Council passed a law making it harder to obtain firearms amid background checks and long waiting periods (4). Does this mean that Chicago is now safer? The answer is NO. The city saw a surge in gun violence in 2016: 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents, and 4,331 shooting victims, according to a statement released by the Chicago Police Department (5). These strict gun laws virtually do not do anything because only law-abiding citizens will follow these laws. Criminals, murderers, and gangs will obviously not follow any laws. The definition of criminal is someone who breaks the law (6). In conclusion, strict gun laws do not work because the only people following them will be citizens, not criminals.

Sources

1. Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense With a Gun," The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Northwestern University School of Law
2. Kleck and Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime," at 173, 185.
3. http://ijr.com...
4. http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
5. http://www.cnn.com...
6. https://www.vocabulary.com...
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Posted by Dirty-Morgs 1 year ago
Dirty-Morgs
well we know who won
Posted by DrCereal 1 year ago
DrCereal
The only involvement I want with gun control is a background check and a mental evaluation.
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