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Should we ban the right to bear certain arms?

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Started: 2/12/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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kumarsmokealot

Con

Should the United States have the right to take away our right to bear arms?
Josephrusconi

Pro

Yes. The Multitude of Guns in America is out of hand. The amount of shootings is sickening and people need to stop dying.

There are several ways American government could do this.
1. They could ban only the semi-automatic weapons, or remove military grade weapons from the streets.
2. Have extensive background checks of all those who wish to purchase a weapon, refusing it to those with a history of violence, mental disorders, or suspicious links.
3. Run a 'buyback' scheme such as the one run in Australia after the Port Arthur Massacre.
Debate Round No. 1
kumarsmokealot

Con

The proposed Assault Weapons Ban is looking to ban sale, transfer, importation, and manufacturing of over 100 specific handguns. The government tried to create the same policy in 1994, however this issue is being pressed more this time. The majority of shootings have subjects who are abusers of heavy mind altering or hallucinogenic drugs, along with strong psychological problems. Britain has instituted extremely strict firearm laws pre-2000's. However, Britain is the most violent country in the European Union without access to weapons or "arms". I do not agree with people who say this ban will effect your safety at home if an intruder broke in because they are not banning all guns, just certain models. A person who has the psychological issues will go buy a different model of gun if the ban were to go through Congress. Do you know who instituted gun bans in history? Joseph Stalin, Hitler, you have heard of them right? We are setting up a dictatorship instead of the "Free" country of the United States. Criminals will receive guns illegally if there was to be a ban, and the vast majority crimes were committed with not assault rifles, but handguns. In Chicago out of 500 murders using guns in 2012, only 8 people were killed with rifles. This ban is avoiding the issue of mental illness that drives criminal behavior in many cases.
Josephrusconi

Pro

1. The weapon ban as you said will illegtalize the meanufacotring etc of certain weapons, including handguns. As you said "the vast majority crimes were committed with not assault rifles, but handguns" and "In Chicago out of 500 murders using guns in 2012, only 8 people were killed with rifles" so does the removing of Handguns from mainstream society not seem an approprtiate step?

2. You said it was taking away the 'freedom' that the United States gives you, however the 2nd Amendment was written during a time when a person had the need to own a gun, for protection during a time of war. Today however the need for protection from a person trying to kill you is singificantly lower.

3. The proposed legislation is going to require extensive background checks for all who purchase a gun. Which isnt avoiding the mental helath issue.

The Problem is the American population is not trustworhhy enough to own and use guns responsibly and they need to be reminded that guns should be a privallege not a right.
Debate Round No. 2
kumarsmokealot

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Josephrusconi

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Debate Round No. 3
kumarsmokealot

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Josephrusconi

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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by kumarsmokealot 4 years ago
kumarsmokealot
My definition of arms in this case would be guns, nobody should be able to acquire a tank or a heavier military grade weapons without sending up a red flag to someone in government to be investigated.
Posted by Skynet 4 years ago
Skynet
I think the answer induced is asking is on the other side of this argument. He's already implying certain arms should be banned.
Posted by No-this-is-patrick 4 years ago
No-this-is-patrick
This doesn't make sense, a baseball bat can be considered an arm, or a machine gun, you are basically saying the right in general.
Posted by induced 4 years ago
induced
could you define arms? is a machine gun "arms"? what about a tank or a nuke? or a doomsday device that could destroy the whole planet?
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