On Balance, The US Should NOT Tighten Gun Control Policies
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One of my strongest debate topics I have yet to debate on this site. Burden of proof is shared. Pro will argue US should keep its loose gun control policy, or even loosen it further (if possible). Con will argue for stricter regulations or even ban on gun ownership.
- Gun Facts, "Gun Facts | Gun Control and Crime." Gun Facts. 2013. Web. 11 Mar. 2016
- Gun Owners of America, "Just For Skeptics." Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives. Gun Owners of America, 16 Oct. 2008. Web. 13 Jan. 2016. http://www.gunowners.org/sk0802htm.htm
- Pew Research Center, "Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason." Pew Research Center for the People and the Press RSS. Pew Research Center, 12 Mar. 2013. Web. 5 Jan. 2016.
- US Fish and Wildlife Service, “2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation”. http://v.gd/hunts ;
- Chapman, Steve, "Hillary Clinton, gun buybacks and a win for the NRA", The Chicago Tribune. 14 Dec 2015. http://v.gd/buyback ;
- Cookie, Charles. "Gun-Control Dishonesty." National Review Online. National Review, 13 Dec. 2013. Web. 5 Jan. 2016. http://v.gd/gunfail ;
- Ingraham, Christopher. "Guns in America: For Every Criminal Killed in Self-defense, 34 Innocent People Die." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 19 June 2015. Web. 11 Mar. 2016.
- Klimas, Liz. "Guns and Crime: What the Statistics Really Say and How They’re Interpreted in the Debate." The Blaze. The Blaze, 7 May 2013. Web. 11 Mar. 2016.
- Kopel, David. "Mexico's Gun Control Laws: A Model for the United States?" Washington Post. The Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2014. Web. 24 Feb. 2016.
- Taverner, Ben, “Despite Firearm Restrictions, Gun Violence Kills Five People Every Hour in Brazil”, http://v.gd/braz2 ;
- Volokh, Eugene. "Do Citizens (not Police Officers) with Guns Ever Stop Mass Shootings?" Washington Post. The Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2015. Web. 5 Jan. 2016,
- Gun Control - "laws that control the sale and use of guns and who is allowed to own them:" 
- Tighten - "to make a rule, system, or law stronger and more difficult to ignore:" 
- The word "should" can refer to this in the legal sense or the moral sense - therefore I can argue that it would legally be preferable or morally preferable to tighten gun control laws.
- The phrase "on balance" refers to the impacts of this debate, thus, the links are very important. If Pro or myself cannot justify the links between a claim and an impact then it is invalid.
- The word "policies" implies that we are not discussing one specific policy or gun law, but gun laws as a principle - thus any impacts which are directed to one policy is invalid unless it is representative.
- Higher density of firearms per citizen does not equate to more safety or less crime   
- Guns do not typically increase the success rate of intervening in a shooter event  
- Gun laws are typically effective at reducing gun violence  
gun-owners believe that they ought to have and keep guns. Polls given to gun-owners show the average gun-owner believes that stricter gun laws “will lead to stricter laws that take guns away from citizens” (Pew Research Center, 2013). They also believe that “owning a gun makes them safer”, as well as that “stricter guns laws ‘give too much power to the government over average citizens’”, and most importantly, “gun rights are more important than controlling gun ownership” (P.R.C, 2013).
With the gun-owners’ opinions displayed in such a fashion, it will be impractical and difficult to take away the guns from them, with a frustrated and unwilling population remaining while the criminals can obtain guns with other methods.
Gun control advocates claim that self-defense is inefficient, one even stating that “for each justifiable gun homicide, there is 34 criminal gun homicide” (Ingraham, Christopher). However, this can be a misleading figure, because many potential murders are prevented but not reported since they never occurred.
guns are used 2.5 million times a year in self-defense, meaning 6,850 times per day--overall 80 times more often to protect than to kill the citizens (Gun Owners of America). In addition to self-defense as a commonly used tactic by citizens
hunting and sports are also a wide use for guns, with just the year 2011 alone reporting more than 3,000,000 firearm-buyers spending a total of about $3,000,000,000 (US Fish and Wildlife Service). The revenue earned from guns could not only benefit the companies, but also the government.
A) In addition to guns being able to be used in self-defense, guns are not that often used by criminals. B) Studies display that more than 99% of guns bought are used for non-criminal purposes (Gun Facts). C) 90% of criminal violence doesn’t involve a gun; even in crimes in which the offender had a gun, they did not use or threaten to use the gun (Gun Facts)...D). Adding to further simple/aggravated assaults, knives had an equal percentage of use compared to firearms (Klimas, Liz).
Current-day countries' diverse take on gun control strengthens the argument that gun control policies have no notable effects. Australia is famous for its “effective gun control policy”, with its take-back of guns within 1996 leading to a seemingly incredible downward trend to nearly no gun homicide rates in only about one decade (Chapman, Steve).
Some countries prove that Australia is just a cherry-picked country