“We have so many guns in this country,” Burgin said. “If guns stop crime, we should be the safest country in the world. But we’re not.”
Near the end of the debate, the professors answered several questions from the audience. By the end vote, the number of students who felt there should be restrictive gun laws decreased to 33 percent, with 50 percent opposing gun laws and 36 percent saying they were undecided. Erik Heidenreich, president of the Speech and Debate Team, said he thought the debate went well and that students were engaged.
“I think it really made them think,” Heidenreich said.