Idea Ultimate: Gun Ownership

Should civilians be allowed to own guns?

YES

  1. Individuals have the right to protect themselves.
  2. Criminals or those with vicious intentions will always find a way to acquire guns. Why shouldn’t us have one to defend ourselves?
  3. It deters criminals. Criminals tend to think twice before attacking potential victims with guns.
  4. Things like cars can be dangerous too, but no one wants to ban them.
  5. Hunting and shooting are legitimate sports. People should have guns to practice their skills.
  6. Hunting, gun collecting, and firearm sports stimulate the economy:
    • Millions of dollars can be collected by the government from firearm-related sales.
    •  A lot more money can be made through licensing and fees.
    • The number of people employed by the firearms industry is high.
  7. It is better to be safe than sorry. Would you rather be prepared for a fire in your house with a fire extinguisher or without one?
  8. Guns provide protection, when law enforcement cannot. You could end up losing your life or a loved one before the cops can even get to your location.

NO

  1. The rate of violent crimes increases when guns are available // Guns create violent societies with high murder rates.
  2. Suicide rates have been reported to rise when guns are available.
  3. Studies have shown that shooting someone by accident would be far more likely than shooting a home invader.
  4. According to research, people carrying a gun for self-defense are 4.5 times more likely to be shot during an assault or a fight than those without a gun in the same situation.