Gun control of any kind would be bad for the US
Thanks to my opponent for opening the debate. To begin, we need to establish what gun control is, and what it is not. Gun control is not some Orwellian principle that would require citizens to lock their weapons in government vaults and wear serial numbered arm bands. Gun control is not taking people’s guns away. Gun control is applying common sense measures to ensure that people exercise their Constitutional rights in ways that are safe for everyone. Anything that can be highly dangerous rightly requires some degree of government regulation: Drivers must get licensed before operating a vehicle, surgeons must pass state exams before cutting people open. Guns are no different. For this debate, I will argue that it makes perfect sense to regulate firearms in several ways.
First, it makes sense for the government to require background checks and permits before letting people carry weapons in public. This is a simple measure that ensures guns are not purchased by people with a history of criminal activity, substance abuse, or mental illness. Any reasonable person would agree that it’s a bad idea to let such people freely purchase guns. Requiring permits ensures that people actually know how to operate their firearms. We do this for drivers because we don’t want people who can’t correctly operate a vehicle zooming through our neighborhoods and highways. Such a reality would put everyone at risk. Similarly, since the Constitution protects the right to carry a weapon, it only makes sense to require that people know how to do it safely.
Second, firearm owners should be required to attend basic firearms training. If hunters must pass a safety course before being allowed to carry guns through uninhabited woodlands, citizens should have to pass a safety course before being allowed to have guns in densely populated residential areas. Firing a weapon requires much more than simply squeezing a trigger. It involves decision making, accuracy, and remaining calm under stress. People using guns to defend themselves or others without any practice in these areas can make dangerous situations worse, not better.
These measures do not infringe on anyone’s Second Amendment right to own a gun. People can still buy, carry, and use weapons freely. Gun control of this flavor simply makes sure that people who choose to buy guns respect them and know how to properly use them. If applied in such a way, gun control only helps to make society safer for everyone.
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