For our debate, I was assigned the topic regarding the Ban on Assault Weapons. Furthermore, I must support the con side of this argument. This side, however, is not the view I initially had supported due to my belief that assault weapons can cause so much unnecessary harm. As of right now, I know that assault weapons are primarily used in the military as a form of protection. They have the capacity to kill large numbers of people at one time, if necessary. These devices are not commonly used for hunting as well. When looking up this topic, it is made clear that there had once been an Assault Weapons Ban that took place between the years 1994-2004. Once this bill had expired, it had been debated whether or not it was of any useful purpose at all. Moreover, the website, congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/66, shows that there is a recent push in Congress to reinstate an assault weapons ban. Surprisingly, there are not many websites that are directly against the ban on assault weapons. Logically, I plan to address my side in this manner:
Our government is based on the constitution. Putting a ban on the assault weapons violates the second amendment of this document. Moreover, others say that if Assault weapons are banned, nothing will stop the criminals from acquiring them. Because of this, nobody will be able to defend themselves against these individuals.
Regarding this topic, many individuals who are against gun control believe that it is ethically unjust to use tragic events to promote a political point of view. In addition, these people also claim that psychologically stable gun owners may save hundreds to thousands of lives with their assault rifles.
During this debate, many emotions can be brought into play. First of all, many gun owners believe that safety is their number one priority. The use of Assault weapons provides protection for one’s self and family for these people. Furthermore, within the debate, I could utilize the feelings of pride and patriotism. Many assault weapon owners feel extreme pride for their country, and believe that their personal rights to protect their family would be violated if assault weapon use was restricted.