I affirm Resolved: united states should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers of ownership
I value governmental legitimacy, defined by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy as the following
“The aim of a legitimate civil government is to preserve, so far as possible, the rights to life, liberty, health and property of its citizens, and to prosecute and punish those of its citizens who violate the rights of others and to pursue the public good even where this may conflict with the rights of individuals.”
This value is of utmost importance because the government is the only body that can effectuate a handgun ban and is thus the actor of the resolution.
My criterion for the round will be minimizing racism.
Racism is wrong because everyone is the same and should be treated equal. Whether you're African American, Mexican, White, Black if you were to cut yourself you will bleed red everyone does there is no difference everyone is the same. Same as if you're rich or poor you will still die and will be buried in the ground and covered in dirt. Just because people are of different skin color that does not make them different from another human being. People act as if they're different species. Which they are not because we were all created by one therefore we are all human.
Contention One: Gun control is key to stopping racialized gun violence.
Larry Womack of the Huffington Post says,
“Black Americans are more than twice as likely to be killed by firearms than white ones. Did you know that? Twice as likely. Implicit in every discussion of gun violence is our relative willingness to let black people die. Of course, the factors that protesters have been highlighting at Sanders events also play an important role. Implied bias and conscious bigotry fueled by cultural and institutional racism are certainly factors when Americans decide who is and is not a threat worth shooting. And those problems absolutely need to be addressed. But people wouldn't have such an easy time killing black Americans if they weren't armed to the teeth. And everyone--including police officers--wouldn't be so frightened and trigger-happy if they didn't know there was a very good chance that anyone else could be, too. In an armed, paranoid culture, black people pay twice the cost in terms of lives lost.”
Subpoint B: Gun violence is racialized
Roberto Ferd, a reporter for The Washington Post states,
Gun violence is disproportionately affecting the country's Afri...