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Debate Paper
Crystal Lehman
BCOM 275
August 5th, 2013
Carter Dyson

Debate Paper
Should guns be outlawed? Some people say yes and some people say no. I did a questionnaire on Facebook and everyone that answered that question said yes. Personally I do not like guns, but I do believe that guns should not be outlawed. There are pros and cons on having guns and not having guns. First I am going to discuss the pros on having guns. People will be able to defend themselves if they were ever to get invaded. People will still be able to hunt in order to survive. Even if an adult never needs to draw a concealed handgun for self-defense, a person may feel safer being armed and feel freer to go outside at night or in dangerous areas. Second are the cons on having a gun. People can accidently get shot by cleaning their own gun. Somebody else could steal it as use it as a murder weapon and you could get blamed for it. The Second Amendment of the US Constitution allows citizens to bear arms for a well-regulated militia, not for concealed personal carry. The Second Amendment statement "a well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed" does not mention concealed handguns. After that is all said there are pros and cons on not having guns. Here are some pros on not having a gun. The shooting crime rate would lower. People would not have to worry about anybody getting accidently shot. It would lower suicide with gun rates. Here are cons on not having a gun. It would not lower all the crime rates. Woman and weaker individuals may have no means of self-defense from rape or other crimes, especially in the inner city. Criminals will always find a way to obtain their guns, leaving law-abiding citizens without any weapons to use in defense. I believe that guns should not be outlawed, but in order to buy a gun I believe that everybody should have to go through an evaluation to see if they...
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