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Juris_Naturalis
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Eclipse
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Should the American public own guns?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/29/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Juris_Naturalis

Pro

Saw your post on the opinions. First round acceptance.
Eclipse

Con

No. But neither should the government. Every three days a child dies from a gun that's not correctly locked away. As I said in my post that you challenged, from 2000 to 2010 there were 165,068 homicides. 111,289 of those deaths were caused by guns. The second most killer was the knife, with 20,503 deaths. The number of deaths caused by guns is more than 5 times that amount. Do I have to spell it out for you?
Debate Round No. 1
Juris_Naturalis

Pro

"No. But neither should the government. "

I do hope you're not serious. If this were so, law enforcement would simply become law suggestion and crime would essentially go unchecked. And forget having a military.

" Every three days a child dies from a gun that's not correctly locked away."

Big deal. Every day, 2 children (14 and under) drown (1.) which put's a child's risk of drowning 6x more likely than unlocked guns. Should we ban swimming pools and public bodies of water?

"2000 to 2010".... 111,289 of those deaths were caused by guns"

And many many studies show that guns are used just as frequently, if not much more, for self defence as they are in a crime. A low estimate being 500,000 and a high of 3 million (2.) Would you rather that 2x as many people die from crime because they couldn't defend themselves?

1.http://www.cdc.gov...

2. http://www.slate.com...
Eclipse

Con

Eclipse forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Juris_Naturalis

Pro

I continue my points
Eclipse

Con

Eclipse forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Juris_Naturalis

Pro

Last chance.
Eclipse

Con

Eclipse forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Juris_Naturalis

Pro

Eh, I can't justify doing research for another round just to be forfeited upon.
Eclipse

Con

Eclipse forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Vote Placed by Seeginomikata 3 years ago
Seeginomikata
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Reasons for voting decision: con forfeit. Even if the debate continued I would vote pro, seeing that con's arguments made no sense. The reason why the constitution guarantees people guns is to limit the power of government. Without the ability to fight back against tyranny, it wouldn't be nearly as hard as most people imagine for a once-democratic government to seize power. The lives of thousands of innocents are outweighed by the potential loss of millions. The price we pay for democracy is high, but the price of fascism is much worse.