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michaeljago
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Danielle
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Gun safety in school

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Danielle
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/12/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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michaeljago

Pro

Michael Jago
Mrs. Hogan
English
2 December 2014
Teaching Kids Gun Safety
How would you feel if a loved one of yours was involved in a gun incident and ended fataly? Hopefully by teaching kids about gun safety this would lower the reat of deaths from firearms. Schools should teach children about gun safety to keep themselves and others safe.

Children should be taught how to handle firearms and be informed about them. There has been many fatal accidents from firearms. According to CBS New york that "A child or teen is killed once every seven and a half hours with a gun, either by accident or by suicide" (Whelan.) Imagine how many of these incidents could have been avoided if they knew how to handle the firearm safely. Parents may think this would not be smart because they could use a firearm to hurt someone but this would lower accidents and also if they were to know how to use a firearm they would be able to use it in an emergency.

Children need to learn what to do when around guns. There may be times you are in a household with firearms in the house. "In 2012, the share of American households with guns was 34 percent" (Tavernise.) If you ever are aorund firearms in a house do not touch the gun, leave the area and also let a trusted adult know. In addition when handling firearms keep it pointed in a safe direction, keep unloaded when not in use, wear eye protection and do not rely on the "safety." People may think it would be worse if they knew how to use a firearm but if they were properly informed they would know not to use the firearm.

Keep firearms locked up away from children. Many times in households the firearms are not locked up. In a study it was said that "99 percent of the households reported having at least one smoke detector, while only 57 percent said they locked away guns in a place where kids could not get access them." That means 43 percent of people did not have there firearms locked up. No wonder how many incidents happen with children and teens. Parents and adults think that it would be fine to not have it locked up because they would not expect them to find or know how to use it. Accidents do happen though sometimes so it would just be safer to keep them locked up.

School should teach students about gun safety for many reasons such as teaching them how to handle firearms, what to when around firearms, and to teach them to lock up their firearms when they are older. Do you believe this should be taught to save lives of others, maybe even your loved ones?
Danielle

Con

Many thanks to my opponent for instigating this debate.

Pro argues that firearm handling should be taught in school because there have been accidents while mishandling firearms. By that logic, increasing the use of firearms is likely to result in more accidents, thus making Pro's argument counter effective. Innumerable studies prove the presence of guns make children less safe.
Children from states where firearms are prevalent suffer from significantly higher rates of homicide, even after accounting for poverty, education and urbanization [1]. American children are 9x more likely to die by a gun accident than those in the rest of the developed world. Children living in states with higher levels of firearm availability also suffer from significantly higher rates of unintentional gun deaths [2]. Ergo, my opponent's proposition would make children less safe, not more safe.

The rest of Pro's argument contradicts itself. First Pro argues that children need to learn what to do while around guns, and then he concludes with "Keep firearms locked up away from children." Assuming he is reiterating the importance of keeping guns in the home locked up while not being used for instruction, I would agree but that is irrelevant to the resolution. It would also be unnecessary if children knew how to handle firearms from learning in school, thus I do not understand my opponent's point.

While I do believe gun safety is important and that children should have the option of learning how to use guns, I disagree with firearm handling being taught in school, especially public school. First, our schools can barely afford the programs we currently have and consistently cut important educational tools for lack of funding. It would be nonsensical to spend money we cannot afford on guns, which are completely unnecessary and irrelevant to the intellectual process.

Moreover, the likelihood of a gun accident increasing while guns are consistently handled by young people is significant. Most likely the tax payers would have to foot the insurance, bills, lawsuits and other headaches that arise from government sanctioned gun lessons.

Not many people in America are comfortable with children handling guns. In fact many people are not comfortable with other adults handling guns. In the instance a parent felt strongly about gun safety, they can and should enroll their child in courses outside of school to avoid the problematic reperussions. Given less maturity and motor skills, it would make sense to avoid having young children have access to deadly weapons. Further it would be dangerous to have children handle weapons in school where emotions, tension and stress can run high.


[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...
[2] http://books.google.com...

Debate Round No. 1
michaeljago

Pro

michaeljago forfeited this round.
Danielle

Con

Unfortunately my opponent has forfeited. Please extend my arguments.
Debate Round No. 2
michaeljago

Pro

michaeljago forfeited this round.
Danielle

Con

Unfortunately my opponent has forfeited. Please extend my arguments.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by FaustianJustice 2 years ago
FaustianJustice
I agree with Rich on this, a few stipulations here in the comment section might go well to help people to accept.
Posted by rich123 2 years ago
rich123
clarify
what age group?
what grade?
High school, middle school, elementary school??

As you stated if it is the parents who leave it out for children to get to, wouldn't it be more logical to have safety classes for adults so they would have a better understanding of there negligence. Per say make it a law for fun owners to attend a safety class annually or so forth.
Posted by Kvasir 2 years ago
Kvasir
I will not accept this debate as I believe firearms as a public right should be removed. As long as it is allowed I agree that gun safety should be prioritized.
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Vote Placed by Zarroette 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con's counter-arguments were too strong to go uncontested. Sources to Con for using a few, but good sources. Conduct to Con for Pro's round forfeits.
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Reasons for voting decision: FF. PRO should know about the research that safe-storage laws increase accidents, lol. And Danielle... Cross sectional data... Just no :P
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture by Pro. Generally in bad taste to just c/p your english essay (without even removing the teacher's name and title) and make it an argument as well..