MUN SPECIAL TOPIC: Guns, Guns, and more *scary* Guns…

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Blog, Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, MUN Debate Topics | 309 comments

MUN SPECIAL TOPIC: Guns, Guns, and more *scary* Guns…

In the past month, the United States has now been averaging about one domestic terrorist shooting per week.   Some basic statistics comparing the United States with European countries: Only Estonia(8.07) and Northern Ireland(5.24) have murder rates greater than the United States (4.14). Slovakia checks in next at half of our homicide rate, 2.17. Extrapolating that rate to the size of our population gives a number of 12,400 homicides by firearms per year which easily dwarfs the number of homicides in the smaller countries of the EU (The extra 20,000 deaths are suicides or accidental!!). It is estimated by the ATF that of the approximate 3,000 crimes committed with firearms per day in the US, 80% of the criminals are using ILLEGAL guns. The BATF approximates that 4.9 million guns are sold to Americans each year, while only 100,000 are confiscated and destroyed. The US has approximately 89 guns per 100 residents, doubling the EU’s most prolific gun owners (Switzerland – 45), followed by Finland (32), Sweden (32), Norway (31), France (31) & Austria (30). Canada also checks in at 31. Comparing homicide rates of these same countries we have the US (4.14), Switzerland (0.58), Finland (0.86), Sweden (0.18), Norway (0.3), France (0.44), Austria (0.42), & Canada (0.76). What are your reactions to these numbers? What sort of arguments would you be able to make at upcoming conferences with this information? Do you have other evidence that supports a need for gun...

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SPECIAL MUN TOPIC: Gun Control in the US…. Where’s the control?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2012 in Blog, Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, MUN Debate Topics | 850 comments

Although information surrounding the recent events in Aurora, Colorado is still unfolding it is easy to see that there will be a strong reaction to the shooting at the premier of the summer blockbuster Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Colorado, a community that is already no stranger to gun violence, will be forced to reexamine existing laws dealing with the sale, possession, and distribution of firarms in the state. Motives for the shootings may never be truly understood, but there will be no shortage of explanations over the upcoming days. Whether you believe this is an isolated incident, mental illness, lax gun control laws, or violence in movies, both the state of Colorado and the government as a whole will be forced to evaluate the existing system of gun control in the United States…. Is it too early to debate gun control here? Mayor Bloomberg recently said that “police across the country should threaten to strike until the government protects its members!” Do you think he has a legitimate argument? The UN Security Council is trying to pass a resolution to limit the sale of arms, guns, and ammunition to “dangerous” countries. Does this shooting have any influence on how you’d argue these measures in a Security Council simulation? What are your thoughts? Comment...

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