Instigator / Con
Points: 0

AR-15s should be banned

Voting

The participant who scores the most points is declared the winner

The voting period will end in:
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Debate details
Publication date
Last update
Category
Politics
Time for argument
Three days
Voting system
Open voting
Voting period
Two weeks
Point system
Four points
Rating mode
Rated
Characters per argument
10,000
Contender / Pro
Points: 21
Description
Intro: We are debating whether or not the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle should be banned.
Positions:
Pro: Supports banning AR-15
Con: Against banning AR-15
Instigator is Con
Pro must begin by explaining why they support a ban on AR-15 rifles
Rules:
No insults
No trolling
Cite all sources
Round 1
Published:
Contender must begin by arguing why we should ban the AR-15.

Published:
Thank you in advance to DonaldT for instigating this debate.

PRELUDE
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0.1 Definitions

AR-15- “The ArmaLite AR-15 is a selective fire, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed rifle manufactured in the United States between 1959 and 1964. Its military version was adopted by the United States Armed Forces as the M16 rifle.”

Objections should be stated via PM’s or in the beginning of the next round.

Banned- To be officially or legally prohibited. In this debate, I am assuming that the ban is a worldwide ban.
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0.2 Burden Of Proof

The “BoP” is shared. I assume I will waive last round.
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0.3 Welcoming
I see that you are fairly new to this site. Welcome, and I shall begin my opening statements.
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ARGUMENTS

  1. AR-15’s ARE DIRECTLY LINKED WITH SOME OF THE DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTINGS
    1. As most of us probably remember, in 2017, a lone gunman took out over 50 people in one of the most deadliest mass shootings in the history of the United States. This gunman used 14 AR-15s to commit this treacherous act. Once again, the trend continues with the Sandy Hook shooting, which took out 26 people. And it again continues with a San Bernardino attack that took out 14 people. (https://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/5-reasons-why-banning-americas-most-popular-rifle-is-good-for-the-countrys-health) There is a correlation between AR-15’s and deadly shootings, the facts are there and the nation is suffering from it. Out of the 48 shootings that occurred from 2004-2016, 13 of those were from semi-automatic weapons/assault rifles (https://www.bustle.com/articles/167502-how-many-mass-shootings-were-ar-15-rifles-involved-in-its-not-the-only-semiautomatic-rifle-on).
  2. The AR-15 is a military weapon.
    1. A variant of the AR-15 is called the M16. I’m pretty sure voters and CON know that the M16 is used by the US military in many cases. Most prominently, the Vietnam War. As Paul Ratner put it: “Yes, a gun that became the standard weapon used by American soldiers to fight in Vietnam has been coming to a schoolyard near you. “ Simplifying this entire argument into one sentence: civilians shouldn’t have the power of holding a military gun so commonly.
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Conclusion: I am very sorry for the short arguments, as I am in Chicago right now. I will probably add a lot more arguments next round combined with my rebuttals. Back to you, donaldt.



Round 2
Forfeited
Published:
Extend :(
Round 3
Forfeited
Published:
Extend :(
Added:
--> @AvoidDeath
I think the big point of your argument that I contend personally is the mass shootings part.
I will not deny that the AR-15 has been a popular choice in Mass Shootings, but the thing is Mass Shootings are rare. The most used commonly used gun at the moment, in gun homicide, is a handgun. Handguns kill more than rifles and shotguns combined, yet it seems the attention is more towards the AR-15. Reason for it is due to the fact that a Mass Shooting is made a much bigger, more prominent news story than daily killings with a handgun. If 10 people are shot by an AR-15 in one hour, the next 20-30 to be killed by a handgun in a day are ignored as the AR-15 appears to be scarier and more important to advertise than the handguns(please note these numbers are just examples/hypothetical).
It seems like the attention is misdirected as AR-15's are easier to showcase as terrible, scary, and dangerous than a handgun.
#22
Added:
--> @AvoidDeath
Interesting to see you admit that you don't believe in the case you're making. I do think it shows somewhat, as those opening arguments are quite inaccurate. It would've been interesting, though, to see you recover if the Don had stuck around (assuming he was informed enough to respond properly).
#21
Added:
--> @PaulVerliane
Ok billbatard
Contender
#20
Added:
--> @bmdrocks21
well... nixon did send them to the moon... kinda important i guess
Contender
#19
Added:
i'm for stricter gun laws but against banning weapons just make it harder for the wrong people to get at them
#18
Added:
--> @AvoidDeath
Water.... gate? Never heard of it. Sounds like liberal propaganda to me.
#17
Added:
--> @bmdrocks21
He was good until watergate
Contender
#16
Added:
--> @AvoidDeath
I respect that
Instigator
#15
Added:
--> @AvoidDeath
Nixon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YoU dAmN hIpPiEs
#14
Added:
--> @bmdrocks21
I'm a rock hard conservative. Reagan!!!!!!!!!
Contender
#13
Added:
--> @AvoidDeath
Ah, good on you, sir!
#12
Added:
--> @bmdrocks21
nope lol don't actually believe in my case. just tryna see different perspectives ya know?
Contender
#11
Added:
--> @AvoidDeath
A conservative against gun rights
:O
Lol
#10
Added:
--> @DonaldT
I am super sorry for the short arguments, as I said, I'm in Chicago right now.
Contender
#9
Added:
--> @AvoidDeath
You got it.
Instigator
#8
#3
Criterion Con Tie Pro Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
Contender forfeited rounds
#2
Criterion Con Tie Pro Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeXj4Z1gIrk
#1
Criterion Con Tie Pro Points
Better arguments 3 points
Better sources 2 points
Better spelling and grammar 1 point
Better conduct 1 point
Reason:
FF