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Resolved: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned (Affirmative)



Personally, I’m very skeptical of the desirability of private gun ownership.

The regular gun violence that occurs in the US is terrible and I don’t think the benefits of continuing gun ownership are that compelling.

That said, my opinion is in the significant minority (even among people who support significant regulation of guns) and there is really nothing in American history that supports a ban. As noted, a nation-wide ban is a political fantasy and it is inconsistent with the current Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment.

So, in order for the Affirmative to win, they have to defend a radical action that involves both massive political and social change. In this essay, I’ll make the case as strongly as possible, but I’ll admit it is an uphill battle.


The primary justification for a hand gun ban is to solve the harms of violence that hand guns are responsible for.  Note that the Affirmative can’t cite statistics that are generally about all gun violence, as they can only ban hand guns.

There are approximately 30,000 firearm-related deaths in the US each year, and approximately  75% of these stem from handguns.  This figure includes all deaths, including self-defense, murder, accidental death, and su

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