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should you be allowed to own a gun at 18-21?

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Started: 1/26/2012 Category: Technology
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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i beileve that handguns should not be sold to people when they turn 21. you can own a long gun at age 18 also. i think they shouldnt because when you turn 21 you are immediatly into having your first alchoholic drink. therefor, carrying a gun would not be good at 21. they can easily get a gun permit and buy one. there are very bad people out there that will just go and buy a gun at the age of 21, and shoot someone. i beileve you should have at least 2-3 years of gun training to own a handgun, and you would have to start that training at 21. if you wanted any form of gun other than a handgun, such as a rifle, sniper, etc, i think you should have
4-5 years of training.
good luck. i do not expect to win, but a clear answer and opinion of another person would be nice.


I accept.
The 2nd amendament "The right to own and bear arms" states that anyone has the right as a citizen to own a gun. And about the drinking at age 21....not everyone will drink at 21. You realize these are the ages that people will be moving out of their house and onto their own life. Not letting them own a gun is not only risking their rights but also it it risking their safety. And I believe owning a handgun is worse than owning a long gun. 4-5 years of traiing seems a little long for someone to have nothing to protect themselves with.
Debate Round No. 1


my opponent has said a very well written response.
there are other things to protect yourself with, knives, bats, etc.
the following article is now written,
Youth – Gun Violence & Gun Access
Guns cause the death of 20 children and young adults (24 years of age and under) each day in the U.S.

Children and young adults (24 years of age and under) constitute over 41% of all firearm deaths and non-fatal injuries.

In the United States, over 1.69 million kids age 18 and under are living in households with loaded and unlocked firearms.

More than 75% of guns used in suicide attempts and unintentional injuries of 0-19 year-olds were stored in the residence of the victim, a relative, or a friend.

A 2000 study found that 55% of U.S. homes with children and firearms have one or more firearms in an unlocked place; 43% have guns without a trigger lock in an unlocked place.

The practices of keeping firearms locked, unloaded, and storing ammunition in a locked location separate from firearms may assist in reducing youth suicide and unintentional injury in homes with children and teenagers where guns are stored.

Many young children, including children as young as three years old, are strong enough to fire handguns

Dangers of Gun Use for Self-Defense
Using a gun in self-defense is no more likely to reduce the chance of being injured during a crime than various other forms of protective action.

Of the 13,636 Americans who were murdered in 2009, only 215 were killed by firearms (165 by handguns) in homicides by private citizens that law enforcement determined were justifiable.

A study reviewing surveys of gun use in the U.S. determined that most self-reported self-defense gun uses may well be illegal and against the interests of society.

The Dangers of Handguns
From 1993 to 2001, an annual average of 737,360 violent crimes were committed with handguns in the U.S., making handguns seven times more likely to be used to commit violent crimes than other firearms.

Although handguns make up only 34% of firearms, approximately 80% of firearm homicides are committed with a handgun.

Women face an especially high risk of handgun violence. In 2008, 71% of female homicide victims were killed with a handgun.

A California study found that in the first year after the purchase of a handgun, suicide was the leading cause of death among handgun purchasers. In the first week after the purchase of a handgun, the firearm suicide rate among the purchasers was 57 times as high as the adjusted rate in the general population.
owning a firearm is not always a good way to "protect" yourself. it can also influence you to shoot someone, simply because you own the gun.
source of article:

owning a handgun or firearm is not all about protecting yourself. suicide rates are increasing from the use of firearms, mostly handguns.


Connor666 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


flash7221 forfeited this round.


Connor666 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Connor666 4 years ago
Im sorry about my last comment. I am in no way shape or form saying that people who kill themselves are dumb. Most are just wonderful people who get depressed. and depressionis realy nothing they can control.
Posted by Connor666 4 years ago
No access to computer. Sorry
Posted by flash7221 4 years ago
my opponent forfeited, therfor so did i. vote CON
Posted by Connor666 4 years ago
If people are dumb enough to kill themselves they will do it with or without guns.
Posted by Connor666 4 years ago
Your and adult at age 18 therefore you have the right to own a gun.
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