Debate January 10, 2013 - BIHR: Mental healthcare is of greater importance than gun control in preventing mass shootings in the U.S.
Our first debate this semester will be held Thursday January 10, 2013. Brother Mattew Tyler will be presenting the resolution BIHR: Mental healthcare is of greater importance than gun control in preventing mass shootings in the U.S.
If mass shootings can be curtailed more cheaply by providing mental health care to a range of people relative to the cost of implementing strict enough gun control to meet the same reduction in mass shootings, then one would vote in the affirmative. Thus, just because we find the provision of mental healthcare to be “good” for other reasons, this debate will strictly focus on mental healthcare’s impact on mass shootings. That being said, the fact that mental health coverage does have positive externalities outside of preventing violence could be used as a tangential argument—it just shouldn’t be the main topic of debate. Similarly, in order for gun control to be effective, it must be enforced. If there is no constitutional way to effectively enforce a “gun free school zone,” or it would require the employment of an extra police officer for every school in the nation (at a cost of tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars) to prevent one mass shooting every ten years, it may not be worth the public investment.
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