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The Millennial Argument Trashcan: 25%-57% Reductions in Gun Violence

At the last two tournaments I’ve judged (Minneapple, Scarsdale) debates where Pro teams made claims that universal background checks would reduce gun deaths (both homicides and suicides) anywhere from 25%-57%. These claims come from studies that try to draw comparisons between states that have and do not have background checks. While I’m sure these UBC hack authors work hard to prove their case, the warrant that suggests UBCs are responsible for such large reductions in gun violence make absolutely no sense. Just stop to think about it for a minute — The only way a UBC . . . Access to this post requires a FREE registration

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Thoughts on the Bauschard-Bilal Demo Debate at the NYCUDL

Yesterday (November 10) I had the opportunity to engage in an abbreviated (through rebuttals) demonstration debate with Bilal Butt. Here are of my thoughts on the debate. I hope these musings will help you not only with the universal background checks debate but also with debate in general. Crossfires. Three points Question focus. I thought Bilal did a great job at focusing his questions on my most important arguments and my best arguments. I explained the importance of this in my essay on the crossfire – you need to direct your energy at your opponents’ strongest arguments because those are the arguments you need to beat. It is tempting to focus on your opponents’ weaker arguments and make them look bad in crossfire, but to win the debate you have to focus on their better arguments. Answering questions. I thought that the better part of the debate that I had was answering Bilal’s questions. I took advantage of the time to really add more depth and nuance to my arguments than I had time to do in my speeches. I thought the answers actually enhanced my arguments, though I’m a little biased. Asking questions. I didn’t re-watch the video, but I don’t think I asked any questions. This is partly out of habit – As a competitor, I only participated in Policy debate.  In that format one side asks all of the questions. So, out of habit, I just didn’t ask any questions. Also, I enjoyed using the time answering questions to strengthen my arguments. Strengthening my arguments was certainly useful, but it also hurt me not to spend any time in crossfire exposing weaknesses in Bilal’s arguments, especially his 35% reduction in violence claim. Speaking Second and Rebuttals I agree with the advice that you should choose to speak second. You have more time to prepare your rebuttal and you can use some of the second rebuttal time to respond to the first rebuttal, instead of having to do it all in the summary speech. That said, one of the difficulties I had in this debate was to allocate my time in rebuttal because Bilal had a very strong rebuttal as first speaker. I originally planned to use all of my rebuttal attacking his constructive, but I couldn’t do this because I needed to respond to at least some of his arguments in my rebuttal. This was compounded by the fact that we were stopping the debate after rebuttals and I wanted to get some answers in. But even in a full debate, I couldn’t have just used my summary to respond to his rebuttal and defend my arguments because the summary is only two minutes long. So, I think if you are going to speak second you need to carefully consider how much time in Rebuttal you are going to spend answering your opponent’s rebuttal and how are you going to prioritize that time . Will you focus on their best arguments? Their offensive arguments? Defensive answers they

Universal Background Checks Discussion and Debate — Stefan Bauschard and Bilal Butt

On Thursday, November 9th, Stefan Bauschard and Bilal Butt worked with students from the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) on the universal background checks topic. We held separate Pro (Bilal) and (Con) sessions on both sides of the resolution, engaged in an abbreviated demo debate (through rebuttals), and had a post-round discussion. We hope these videos will help everyone. Stefan also wrote some thoughts about the debate here. Bauschard — Con Discussion   Bauschard and Butt — Demonstration Debate Post Debate Discussion

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Background Check Updates

Access is free with free website registration 15- A good guy with a gun didn’t stop the church shooting, he massacred 26 people Richard Wolfe, 11-6-17, The Guardian, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/06/heartbreaking-stupidity-americas-gun-laws-texas According to the local sheriff, the gunman was only confronted by an armed civilian once he emerged from the church, after the massacre was completed. The mass murderer died by killing himself. So along with the victims, let’s please bury once and for all the storyline pushed so hard by the . . . Access to this post requires a FREE registration