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davidcwilliams4
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joel12
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Started: 4/12/2016 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 7 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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davidcwilliams4

Con

Making gun control more restrictive is not the answer to a safer way of life. The second amendment was put in place to allow citizens the ability to protect themselves and their assets. Outlawing guns will only prevent the law abiding citizens from having access to firearms. Criminals will always find a way to get their hands on what they want. Most drugs are illegal but there are still drug addicts. By taking away the ability for good people to own guns you also take away any deterrent that criminals may see. If a person plans to shot up a school or a hospital, simply posting " no guns allowed" isn't going to stop them. However, if there is a chance someone in that area has a gun, they might think twice. .
joel12

Pro

Gun control is definitely needed in today"s society. The regulation of guns is an extremely necessary action that needs to be taken in order to save lives. Gun control is basically the effort to stop the rise in violent and fatal crimes by strengthening laws on the ownership of firearms (guns). These laws would reduce gun deaths being that guns are the leading cause of death by homicide, suicide, and unintentional deaths.
Debate Round No. 1
davidcwilliams4

Con

While firearms may be the leading cause of homicide, only about 3 to 11 percent of murders and crimes are committed by people who purchased their weapons legally according to a study done by MSCNBC's Joe Scarborough. If Americans are forced to hand over their weapons, only the good citizens are going to turn them in leaving criminals with overwhelming firepower. Two thirds of the people who die from gunfire are criminals being shot by other criminals. 60% of convicted felons admit they avoid committing crimes when they KNEW the victim had a firearm and 40% avoided it when they THOUGHT the victim had a firearm. Since 1950, every mass shooting, with the exception of one, has taken place where citizens where banned from carrying guns. Europe has some of the strictest gun laws and is home to 3 out of the 6 worst schools shootings ever. It is every citizens right to own a firearm for their protection if they choose. Also, a government should have a certain fear of its citizens to keep things fair. There is a reason the 2nd amendment was created and it is to allow the common person the right of self-protection and the resistance of oppression.
joel12

Pro

Most violent crimes are committed with guns; thus, restricting gun ownership will likely reduce the number of such crimes.
Lunatics, bullied school kids, disgruntled workers, and others can inflict mass casualties with guns that otherwise wouldn't be possible. A crime victim who has a gun may be in more danger than an unarmed person since the criminal may kill in perceived self-defense. Suicides and crimes of passion are higher with gun availability, as it's much easier to act immediately on your impulses when a gun is available Legalized gun ownership means guns have a greater chance of falling into the hands of kids, potentially resulting in some deadly accidents Guns are not safe. There are too many accidents involving children playing with guns or accidental discharges due to careless or inexperienced adults.
Debate Round No. 2
davidcwilliams4

Con

Most violent crimes are committed with guns, but Illegal ones! 90% of those violent crimes are committed by guns that are already illegal so how exactly is making 100% of weapons illegal going to help? This would be counter-productive. If you think the violent crime stats are bad now just wait until there is not deterrent to prevent criminals from committing these violent crimes. The sad truth is that there has been violent and evil people since the beginning of time and they are not going away. The police are not always going to be there. The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Spoons don't make people fat and cars don't drive drunk, people do! Also, someone who is suicidal will still find a way to kill themselves if they don't have access to a gun. People need to be better educated on weapon safety to prevent accidental shootings. A well educated gun owner is a lot safer than the rest.
joel12

Pro

Too many criminals purchase guns legally and use them to commit crimes. Buyers that purchase firearms through private sales in the U.S. don't have to pass a background check before obtaining possession of the weapon. This includes sales to criminals, felons, and people with a history of severe mental illness. Close to 33,000 Americans were victims of gun-related deaths in 2011 and an average of 268 citizens are shot every day. Having a legal gun doesn"t mean crime is going to stop those that have them legal are going to commit crime too, I know is not possible to get rid off of every illegal guns but we also have to get rid of those that are legal in the wrong hand.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Kescarte_DeJudica 7 months ago
Kescarte_DeJudica
@ Deadstatue

Well, if the criminals won't pay that much to rob a gas station, what's to stop them from robbing a bullet store?
Posted by Deadstatue 7 months ago
Deadstatue
Let everyone keep their guns. Just sell the bullets for $1000 apiece.nobodys gonna spend that just so they can rob a gas station, but people would certainly spend that to safeguard their homes and families.
Posted by christina5614 8 months ago
christina5614
The fact that people need to have guns to feel safe is something that our community must confront
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