The reason I pick this topic is because there are so many issues with teenagers getting kidnapped, hurt, hospitalized for people trying to either kill or hurt them. Now for me just hearing all of these incidents happening just make me sick and I thing that the 18 year old's should be able to purchase fire arms so they are able to defend them self's if this happens to them. Now They would have to get training and take a class before they are able to purchase a fire arm, so I can understand the concern there and trust me parents I can completely understand your concern with this. But as or me I rather not see my kids get hurt or hospitalized for someone trying to hurt my children. So that is why I believe in letting 18 year old's the right to purchase a fire arm.
I oppose the resolution, "Resolved: 18 year olds should be able to purchase firearms and have concealed weapons licenses." First, an eighteen year-old (or anyone for that matter) can use another means to protect themselves other than firearms, such as pepper spray. This would a.) reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries and b.) prevent firearms from being stolen by others and used for criminal purposes. Second, a firearm in the wrong hands can result in injury and death. Examples of eighteen year-olds killing others with firearms include the Jokela school shooting in which nine people died (including the perpetrator) and the St. Pius X High School shooting, where one person was killed and five others were injured. Due to the number of risks, and other ways for eighteen year-olds to defend themselves, I oppose the resolution that eighteen year-olds should be able to purchase firearms and have concealed weapons licenses.
I see where you are coming from, that is why in my starting paragraph I said that you should first have to get training and you would have to get a certificate of completion. from a trusted licensed officer. and plus those shootings were caused by someone illegally buying guns and or selling them on the streets, now granted that they were very unfortunate accidents but those people were arrested and put into jail.
Even with training and a certificate of completion from an officer can a gun get into the wrong hands. James Holmes was once enrolled as a PhD student and had a 3.949 GPA. And he went on to kill twelve people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Once there were two teenagers living in Colorado, and they were considered bright and knowledgeable students with futures ahead of them. They were good with computers and although they butted heads with the law once, they apologized sincerely and went on with their lives. Their names were Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, and they went on to commit the worst high school shooting in American history in 1999. It's even more disturbing considering Eric was eighteen (Dylan was seventeen) at the time. Bottom line: eighteen year olds cannot be trusted be with guns, even with laws in place. It doesn't matter if those people went to jail or not, they still happened even with everything in place.
Reasons for voting decision: I agreed with the proposition going in - and that did not change over the course of the debate. I gave a point to Pro for conduct - by a narrow margin, and spelling and grammar to Con.
The best argument, sadly missed, was that 18 year old persons may serve in the military, where some of them will be weaponized. Why these persons should not be allowed to carry their service rifles is beyond my ability to understand.
All hail airmax1227.