Should women carry handguns?
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I will be arguing the antithesis of this argument which is to say that all women should NOT start carrying handguns to protect themselves. I will be arguing this under the point that firearms in the wrong hands lead to uneccessary deaths.
I will be opening my arguments in the next round. Good luck to pro.
Toxifrost forfeited this round.
Now while women and men for that matter should be able to protect themselves in these urban settings that pro has presented this does not constitute the opinion that they should start carrying handguns. Now in the way that pro has worded her argument it's clear that the people she suggests would be carrying these guns are people who are nervous and under quite a bit of momentary stress. Putting a gun in the hands of a person such as this is simply a recipe for disaster.
The effects of stress on the body are too numerous to properly list and vary from person to person however the American Institute of Stress lists some of the most common and widespread which include fidgeting, trouble making decisions, increased edginess, overreaction to petty annoyances, and an increase in minor accidents. Throw all these symptoms into someone who is in fear of getting raped and losing their life, toss a gun in their hands and you have some innocent people who are probably going to get shot. Now while in an extreme state of stress the body will perceive anything outside what normally happens as an immediate threat. With the fidgeting and blurred decision making skills mentioned earlier a person is extremely likely to respond aggressively to nonaggression related stimuli. With a gun with them they will not only respond aggressively but also fatally.
Really there's not much else to say as pro has only set this discussion up for 3 rounds and hasn't actually presented any arguments other than "Sometimes people commit crimes against other people" which we already knew. Handguns are not the solution to the possibility of rape and murder in areas where they may occur. A more rational solution would be a non lethal type of defense, which is already widely popular in the form of mace. Handguns would simply cause more uneccessary deaths than they would actually save.
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Vote Placed by RomanCatholic 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro has better conduct, did not forfeit a round, con is only one who posted sources
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