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paramore102
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AlexJHelms
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Why the use of Guns is wrong even for Protection.

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paramore102
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/21/2009 Category: Society
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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paramore102

Pro

I would like to thank AlexJHelms for taking me up on this topic.

I would like to let my Opponent know that using a gun for protection of home and family is a big decision, and it is one that should not be made lightly. There are some advantages and dis advantages.

The advantage to using a gun for protection:

Many police officers will tell you that the chances a person break into you home are very slim. Having a gun in the home can greatly increase your chances of surviving a break in. Yes it may greatly increase your chances of survival because if someone is willing to break in while you are home they are serious and should be considered extremely dangerous. The gun that you choose is important, since most homes are made out of light construction type materials. Many guns are what are called high caliber; an example of a high caliber gun would be a deer rifle. The problem with a high caliber gun is that you can miss your target and it can go through the wall and into the kid's room and into the neighbor's house. So as you can see caliber and bullet selections are important.

The disadvantages to using a gun for protection of home:

Owning a gun in which you are planning to use for defense is a responsibility which should not be taken lightly. Using a firearm for defense takes specialized practice beyond that of say a hunting weapon. Another disadvantage to having a gun in your home is the fact that if it is not properly stored a child or another person can hurt themselves with it.

Well i wish my opponent of best of luck and can't wait to read what he has to say.
AlexJHelms

Con

Ok. In regard to the advantages of HAVING guns in the house, yes it does decrease crime rate, due to the fact of criminals being more cautious because their soon to be victims may have a gun and could severly injure them or kill them just as the criminal could do to the victim as well. Im pretty much in agreement with the calibers and the type of gun that should be allowed in the home, and to own a gun u should have proper training. You should know how to use it what the minimum and maximum distance for a safe shot should be, and yes you should store it in a lockbox or the such.

Now to the disadvantages, which i plan to have fun with.
You stated that "Using a firearm for defense takes specialized practice beyond that of say a hunting weapon."
Ok. I am in agreement that yes, u do need training for the usage of guns, especially certain models. This is what the instructions/shooting ranges/gun certifications are for. A 16 year old cant just go to the pawn shop and buy a gun. You first off have to be 18 years of age, meaning an adult by law, and i dont know if this is certain but im pretty sure u have to have some sort of license to carry arms. And most guns that are carried in houses for "defense" are pistols, and shotguns, maybe some other gun here and there. Pistols dont require much training. Make Sure the lock is off, pistol is loaded. Aim. Point. Pull Trigger. That simple.

Ok second disadvantage: Another disadvantage to having a gun in your home is the fact that if it is not properly stored a child or another person can hurt themselves with it.

Yes that is a disadvantage but it is up to the citizen who bought the gun to store it properly. It is not the "Guns" fault that its there as someone put it in its certain location. If he/she does not store the gun in a lockbox and say leaves it out on the kitchen table with a 5 yr old going "Pow Pow" to his little brother and accidentally shoots himself, its not the guns fault he just shot himself, its the parents/guardians fault for leaving it out in the open. As the famous quote goes. "Guns dont kill people, people kill people" A person has to make a conscious and sometimes unconscious decision (depending on their age and they know what the hell the gun is, or if its a toy) to fire a weapon. It is the persons finger touching the trigger the gun doesnt go off without the trigger being pulled.

And on a side note. Washington DC had a gun ban at i forget what year. Before the gun ban crimes and deaths caused by guns was at 40 percent. Once the gun ban came into effect, it popped up to 90 percent. See criminals are more weary when the victim might have a gun. If the good semaritans abide by the law and dont keep a gun, who says that there wont be an underground black market to sell guns to criminals. And once the criminals obtain these guns, what do you think they are going to do with them? With innocent victims having no way to protect themselves a criminal could come up shoot them point blank in the head and they couldnt do anything to protect themselves.
Debate Round No. 1
paramore102

Pro

I would like to thank my Opponent for his response.

I would like to quote my opponent he said in his argument above "A 16 year old cant just go to the pawn shop and buy a gun. You first off have to be 18 years of age, meaning an adult by law, and i don't know if this is certain but im pretty sure u have to have some sort of license to carry arms."
Yes, that is correct however I would like to let my opponent know that this includes children with mental disorders could this possible be what leads them to think that gun are used not just for hunt but for protection. Guns seem to be sold to just about anyone including people that have been in criminal cases. Let's say that a child grows up in an environment with violence. For example the two parents are arguing and the mother takes hold of the gun pointing at the father accidentally pulling the trigger, however it was for protection so that makes it ok. Now the child is left to think that its ok to use a gun for protection.

Now lets say that you are sleeping and you happen to hear a noise in the hallway. As you walk out you notice that there is a shadow of a man with a gun. Thoughts run though your head is you family ok, what is he looking for, you hear a gun shot and eminently think that someone is hurt.

This is the part that i don't fell is right. Even if you had a gun you shouldn't shot the robber in you house regardless that is not you job. Yes he hurt your family that still dosen't give you the right to shot him. What if he was robing in order to feed or keep a roof above the head of his family? We don't know why they do it regardless of their actions, it still dose not give you the rite to shot at him.

Now what my opponent needs to do is look at some alternatives to having a gun for protection of home:

There are alternatives to guns; a home alarm system is a good alternative. Home alarm systems can be purchased so that they can be activated while you are in your home so that if someone tries to break in it will make noise and send a signal to an alarm company. The noise is good because burglars don't like noise; they prefer the element of surprise. A dog is also good; besides being a pet for the family it will warn you when someone is up to no good.

Using a gun for home protection is fine if you are willing to invest the time into proper training, not just for yourself but for the whole family. If you don't want to do that then perhaps one of the alternatives would be best for you.

I wish my opponent the best of luck.
AlexJHelms

Con

AlexJHelms forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
paramore102

Pro

paramore102 forfeited this round.
AlexJHelms

Con

AlexJHelms forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by paramore102 4 years ago
paramore102
what do u mean you can believe what your seeing?
Posted by Lifeisgood 4 years ago
Lifeisgood
I can't believe what I am seeing.
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