Oral exam English
1. Banning guns
Owning a gun is legal in the USA. Actually, it’s the second amendment. The USA has the highest civilian gun ownership rate in the world. US civilians own about 270 million guns, compared to about 3 million guns owned by the military and less than 1 million guns owned by the police, also in the USA. In 2009, gun deaths actually outraced motor vehicle deaths in 10 US states. The 20% of gun owners possess 60% of all guns in the USA. Gun violence and gun control have been in the news a lot lately. This is because of the recent shooting in Newtown, Connecticut where 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot twenty children, six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School and his mother at their home. Later on he committed suicide. Since the mass shooting, there’s been an explosive discussion about whether the US has to tougher their laws or even ban civilians from having guns. Some say the culture of permissiveness is now so out of control, that something has to change. The gun discussion has been the Congress agenda for years now, but the opinions on gun owning are so controversial, that no one is able to take big steps. On the internet, lots of people have started arguing about whether or not to ban guns. NRA-members have actually been very upset and aggressive towards people who want to ban guns. Some have actually announced a pay-back if guns are banned.
1. There would be less murdering. Most murders in the USA are done by shootings and statistics indicate that the number of people killed in mass shootings was lower during the ban, 1994-2004). Banning military-style assault weapons are the least the government should ban, because these weapons are not made for hunting or self-defense, but for mass shootings.
2. It doesn’t make you and your family safer: Protection for your home is a seemingly logical point. Use a gun to keep your house safe? The only problem is that guns are mostly just able to be used as a scare tactic for criminals, rather than being any good for actual defense. A home is close quartered, with many obstacles standing in the way of you and your target. In most cases, physical combat would be better for home defense, because it will actually damage your opponent, rather than wasting bullets. Not to mention that keeping a gun in the house is dangerous, even without a firefight for your homes safety. A study showed that the presence of a gun drastically increased the number of children who died within the household (253 in high gun states, 15 in low gun states accidentally. 153 high gun states, 22 low gun states suicide). But then you say "Lock up the gun, and put it in a safe place in the house" right? Well, in that case, what is the use of having the gun at all? The burglar isn't going to stand there and wait for you to say "hey, lemme unlock the combination on this box so I can pull out a gun and shoot you". Rather, they’re just going to go after you. It'd be much better to learn physical self defense, like a karate form, because your body will always be there to defend your house, while the gun only causes more problems than it solves.
3. You can defend yourself in better ways: Take self-defense lessons. Guns are illegal to carry in some places, your body is not, and therefore, it will always legally be ready. However, there are many effective, if not more so, defense methods than just killing. Tazers or bear mace would do just fine. The tazer would completely render your opponent harmless, while the bear mace would surprise, confused, and cause temporary lose of sight long enough to knock him out by your own means. Both would defend you and the public, and neither would cause death, just pain, all that's needed until the proper authorities can come.
4. Criminals will never be stopped, not even with a gun ban: Yes, if guns were banned, criminals would have a bit more power. But when has that stopped them in the past. Some people...
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