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SuperSmartSassySweetie
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Jhhillman
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Gun control will prevent school shootings

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Started: 5/21/2018 Category: News
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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SuperSmartSassySweetie

Con

I believe that gun control will not do anything to prevent school shootings. These people are already committing a crime by murdering innocent people. If there is a law in place, that will not affect these people`s decisions. It will not protect anyone. It will just make the problem worse.
Jhhillman

Pro

Gun control will do a lot to prevent school shootings. It's simple: If people can't get a gun, then they will not shoot people. And even if they do get a gun illegally, there's a higher chance that they will be caught before they can harm anyone. And anyway, we should be making it as hard as possible for people to get weapons specifically meant for killing large numbers of people.
Debate Round No. 1
SuperSmartSassySweetie

Con

But those who already have guns are therefore able to use them. These people are not necessarily illegally holding a gun. If you have it in your mind to go to a school and kill children, you`re not going to stop when you realize that you are not allowed to have a gun. You have proposed that the government will prevent people from collecting weapons that could kill many people, but what about the people who already have them? Would you give the government permission to interview gun shops on who bought what and collect the guns from these people who have paid for them? No. That would not be wise. And who is to say that they will not get them anyway. These people are murdering children. They are not afraid to illegally collect guns.
Jhhillman

Pro

I agree that potential shooters who already have access to guns is a problem, but that doesn't include all shooters.if even one massacre is stopped by gun control, then it's worth it. Also, there are ways to solve that problem. Maybe a gun-buyback program like Australia's, or taking away people's guns once they're clearly radicalized or unstable? And it's harder to get guns when they're illegal. Most assault rifles are manufactured by fairly large companies, so said companies are unlikely to make and sell those guns. And if someone is going looking for an assault rifle, there's a decent chance they will be caught. Building extra hurdles in front of potential shooters is always a good idea. If even one shooting is prevented, it's well worth it.
Debate Round No. 2
SuperSmartSassySweetie

Con

I agree that stopping even a single massacre would be worth it, but is it enough? There are so many shootings in so many different states, it would have to be made into an amendment for anyone to pay attention to it. Even then, would anyone enforce it? And is it ethical? Hurdles may be useful, but these murderers are Olympic athletes so to speak. Gun-buyback programs are unreliable. And honestly, the murderers will have already killed innocent people before the weapon will have been radicalized. Or do you have other suggestions for what a radicalized weapon is?
Jhhillman

Pro

It doesn't have to be an amendment. Even a federal regulation banning assault weapons and mandating universal background checks would be enough. You say that it may not be ethical, but it's unethical to let dangerous lunatics and violent extremists have powerful weapons. That goes without saying. And I was talking about the potential shooter being radicalized, not the gun. When somebody posts on social media that they are going to commit a mass shooting, or endorse ISIS, or something like that, we should take their gun away. Your argument basically comes down to "We shouldn't try to stop mass shootings via gun control because it's too hard.". It may be hard, but we can find a way. It is an ethical imperative to do everything we can to stop mass shootings.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Masterful 3 years ago
Masterful
The biggest school massacre was done with a bomb. How will banning guns stop people making bombs?
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