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Should Gun Control Be Implemented Into American Law

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Started: 9/30/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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Beginning Argument: The United States has 88.8 guns per 100 people, or about 270,000,000 guns, which is the highest total and per capita number in the world. 22% of Americans own one or more guns (35% of men and 12% of women). America's pervasive gun culture stems in part from its colonial history, revolutionary roots, frontier expansion, and the Second Amendment, which states: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Proponents of more gun control laws state that the Second Amendment was intended for militias; that gun violence would be reduced; that gun restrictions have always existed; and that a majority of Americans, including gun owners, support new gun restrictions.

The is in fact not true!

The Second Amendment protects an individual"s right to own guns; that guns are needed for self-defense from threats ranging from local criminals to foreign invaders; and that gun ownership deters crime rather than causes more crime.

Now for some statistics:




Closing Statement: With the given data we can assume that Guns do not kill people, People kill People... therefore it can be assumed that Gun Control Should not be Implemented Into American Law.

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I'm going to assume, based on the way you worded the topic, and by your use of the constitution to back-up your position, that you would concede to the fact that the US government is a necessary entity, and one of its responsibilities is to create and enforce domestic laws in the interest of protecting it's citizens.

The constitution makes black and white statements about human rights, such as the right to bear arms. But as soon as you admit that the government needs to create and enforce law, you also admit that there are cases where individuals forfeit certain freedoms, and those freedoms need to be removed by force if they are not surrendered. For example, when someone commits a crime, they go to jail, lose basic human freedoms. So rights, such as the right to bear arms, are there, but can be lost.

I'm not sure if this is bad form, but a quick Google search yielded these statistics from

"Mass shootings: There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogues such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills or injures four or more people, including the assailant.

Source: Mass Shooting Tracker

School shootings: There were 64 school shootings in 2015, according to a dedicated campaign group set up in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut in 2012. Those figures include occasions when a gun was fired but no-one was hurt.

Source: Everytown for Gun SafetyResearch

All shootings: Some 13,286 people were killed in the US by firearms in 2015, according to the Gun Violence Archive, and 26,819 people were injured [those figures exclude suicide]. Those figures are likely to rise by several hundred, once incidents in the final week of the year are counted.

Source: Gun Violence Archive"

So there is clearly a problem here. I think its obvious that guns are not committing crimes. I've never heard anyone defend that ridiculous claim. But, people are definitely using guns to help them commit horrible crimes.

As soon as you admit that the government is responsible to create and execute legislature to reduce gun related crime, you concede the debate. Anything you do to lower the above mentioned numbers, as well as the other huge numbers for gun related crimes not listed above, is, in fact, gun control.

You mentioned women using guns to protect themselves. If any of those women are using guns to protect themselves from someone intending to use a gun to harm them, then they are actually controlling gun use with their guns. If you think its good to use guns to deter gun related crimes, then you concede that gun control is a good thing. Therefore if you think the American government is responsible to control crime, then you concede that gun control should be implemented into American law.
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Posted by Edril 1 year ago
The debate is about controlling guns, not banning everyone from having them.

I think it's awesome that the lady was able to control gun violence. Armed citizens is part of what gun control is. It's probably the most important part.
Posted by TheBenC 1 year ago
I just saw a video of 3 black men breaking into a small Asian lady's house somewhere in Atlanta. She called 911 but it took time for the cops to get there. They could have done anything to her in that time, but she had a gun. They had guns too but as soon as she started shooting they ran. 2 of them ran out of the back door they broke into. The third ran around with his hands up then literally jumped over the kitchen sink, through a window and out into the yard.

When the cops arrived they found one of the three dead in the driveway, gun at his side.

Anyone think this woman should not have a gun????
Posted by Overhead 1 year ago
Do you mean should there be more gun control than there is currently or should there be any gun control at all?
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