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Debate Score:21
Arguments:21
Total Votes:21
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What is your opinion on gun control? Should we have it?

Yes

Side Score: 12
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No

Side Score: 9
3 points

Gun control is an interesting topic. The majority of Americans would say no to gun control because of the fear of government over-reach. After all, it is our 2nd amendment right to bear arms to protect ourselves. But if gun control works.. why not try it? England and Australia have had gun control laws in effect for years now and the statistics don't lie. Gun related crimes and violence have decreased significantly in both countries. In fact, in England most police officers don't even carry guns.

With all the information, it all comes down to the citizens trust in the government. If the citizens give up their 2nd amendment right to the government, it only gives room for more government over-reach. But if we did, the United States would be a little more safer.

Side: Yes
Cartman(18192) Disputed
1 point

England and Australia

The greatest success comes from islands. You can't get guns into the country as easily.

Gun related crimes

Why is it that only guns are given there own separate categories for crimes and violence? We don't talk about car related violence, or knife related violence. Trying to lower one type of violence while ignoring the others does not equate to success.

and violence have decreased significantly in both countries.

Actually it hasn't. Other violence still exists.

Side: No
2 points

Overall, I don't see a lot of use for most gun control measures. Rates of violent crime seem to operate independently regardless of how easy it is to legally obtain them.

That said, I do think gun shows should be held to the same requirements as the states they operate within. If a state has background checks or mental illness clauses, then why the hell should gun shows be allowed to operate as a workaround?

Side: Yes
1 point

I think there should be. Get this through your head first. WE ARE NOT TRYING TO TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY. So please stop saying that we are trying to do that. I am a member of the Brady Campaign and we try to prevent gun violence, not take away your guns. We just want to make sure that everybody is safe. Some of the Brady Campaign members themselves have guns, so saying that we are trying to take away your guns is a false argument.

Side: Yes
2 points

Yes. America should have gun control, as stated in our amendments-we have the right to bear arms. The purpose of a gun is to protect yourself and the ones you love so the guns themselves are not the issue that should be debated. It is how they are used and when they are used. The person using the gun should know exactly what type of situation they are in and if said situation required killing to protect you or others, then so be it. However, if the situation is not dire and does not require killing to protect you or others, use the gun in a way that only injures the person you are protecting yourself from. Or you could simply let them know that you have a gun and tell them to back away from you, and if they react negatively and come at you with violence, act accordingly.

Side: Yes
daver(1771) Disputed
1 point

It comes down to this. The bad guys do not abide by gun laws, or any other laws. Consequently these people seek access to guns if they want to. With over three hundred million guns in the country, they are virtually always able to get access to a gun. The efforts to control access to guns with laws as proven to be futile. See Chicago, see Miami, see Los Angeles, see Oakland where gun violence is a daily event.

Side: No

Gun control is imperative. Something constructive and serious has to be implemented in order to curb the gun violence in this country.

Side: Yes
2 points

There are an estimated 310,000,000 guns in the US. This equates to 89 guns per 100 people. There were 20,947,258 FBI firearm background checks done in 2013. There were 5,539,538 guns legally imported into the US that same year. Its reasonable to estimate that millions of registered guns become unregistered through just two of the major causes, reported gun theft and private unregistered exchanges of guns. The notion of being able to control guns in the US is a fantasy. There is no panacea. All the gun control laws and all the enforcement done will not keep guns out of the hands of criminals, terrorists or the mentally ill. The number of gun violence perpetraters is much smaller than the number of available guns. All efforts to limit gun violence should clearly be focused on perpetraters.

Side: No
1 point

I honestly don't understand why we need to control guns.

1. They can't act own their own.

2. Try to control something that is a necissity and the consequences will be dangerous.

3. People will find ways around it.

What we need is people control, not gun control.

Side: No
hailsroxy(42) Disputed
2 points

Did you not read what is said up at the top? We are trying to get background checks, you must be pretty stupid if you don't get what we are talking about. Don't comment on this stuff if you have no idea what the hell you're talking about.

Side: Yes
ProLogos(2794) Disputed
1 point

Ad hominem.

Ignoratio elenchi.

Side: No
daver(1771) Disputed
1 point

Did you not read what is said up at the top? We are trying to get background checks, you must be pretty stupid if you don't get what we are talking about. Don't comment on this stuff if you have no idea what the hell you're talking about.

I did read your questions and comment at the top. Can you please point out where you mentioned background checks, prior to this part of your rant.

If your original post was not sufficiently precise, how exactly does this make your fellow debaters. "pretty stupid"

Side: No
1 point

Gun control is already with us.

I live on a rural property and after one of our dogs was taken by a taipan we decided to purchase a single barrel 12g shotgun. Firstly I had to pass a registered SSAA firearms course, then apply on line for a licence, then apply online for a permit to acquire, then purchase a gun and separate ammunition safe before I could transfer the weapon into my care through a dealer. This process took six months.

I can be visited by the police at any time they choose and if my shotgun is not in the safe and the ammunition in a separate safe and the keys in a separate location known only to me the licence holder then I am in trouble.

That is what I call gun control and I am glad we have it.

Side: No
hailsroxy(42) Disputed
1 point

See now this is good, this needs to happen more often is what I'm saying. Too many people are getting guns illegally and we just want to make it harder for criminals to get them

Side: Yes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a startling revelation for 2015. It is projected that deaths from guns will surpass deaths from car fatalities in 2015. An estimated 33,000 Americans will lose their lives from guns as opposed to an estimated 32,000 Americans who will die in car accidents.

The gun violence in America is an American Shame!

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-12-19/american-gun-deaths-to-exceed-traffic-fatalities-by-2015

Side: No