This is a new and unusual format for a debate, and I'd like to thank Druid42 for accepting the challenge, Skyfloating for approving and the ATS
Debate Forum for hosting.
The new format, call it a "Discourse Challenge", will be a back and forth between two people, as if we were sitting at a table in the pub, calmly
discussing the issue at hand.
The debate format will be 10 rounds, and will consist of Socratic Questions and responses only -- nothing can be introduced which is not either the
basis for a question, or part of a response to a question. There should be some reasonable limit to the length of both questions and responses (1-2
sentences for questions, one reasonable length paragraph for a response.) As would be the case in a bar, a fighter may cite an outside source, but no
extensive quotes, no pictures, videos, or things that you normally wouldn't have in a pub conversation.
The opening post of the pro position (below) can only consist of one question. Apart from that, questions are optional for either side in all rounds,
and in the last round, the "con" position can choose to ask one last question or not -- if it is asked, the "pro" position gets an 11th post, to
provide a response to the question only
. This way, each fighter has the ability to ask ten questions, and provide ten responses.
Again, in this debate format there will be no opening statements, no closing statements and no statements of any kind -- just questions and
As this is an experimental format, it will not be judged, and it may not be allowed in the future. So just sit back, pour yourself a pub draw, and
eavesdrop on two old friends, having a civil conversation on a controversial topic...
The subject of this debate is "Semi-automatic weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines should be banned in the United States", and I will be
taking the "pro" position.
adjensen walks into his favourite pub, a quiet place in the inner city. On entry, he notes his friend Druid42, sitting quietly at a table near the
back. Nodding to the bartender, who quickly begins pouring a beer from the tap, he collapses into a chair opposite Druid42.
He throws the daily newspaper onto the table, the headline above the fold clearly weighing on his mind.
'The President is going to act': Joe Biden guarantees Obama will bypass reluctant Republicans and cement new gun control laws
2013, New York Daily News
Druid42 glances at the paper, shakes his head and waits, knowing that a discussion is coming.
adjensen does not disappoint, asking "Rights are generally held to be on things that are 'needs', rather than on 'wants'. Why do you need, rather
than simply want, these types of weapons?"