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Liberal vs. Conservatives: The Issues. Gun Control. Liberals Support Gun Control Laws 2 nd Amendment does not give citizens right to keep and bear arms Allows state to keep a militia in form of Nat’l Guard Role of local and fed gov’t to protect people

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Gun control
Gun Control

  • Liberals

    • Support Gun Control Laws

    • 2nd Amendment does not give citizens right to keep and bear arms

      • Allows state to keep a militia in form of Nat’l Guard

    • Role of local and fed gov’t to protect people

    • Laws are necessary to stop gun violence

    • Limit ability for criminals to obtain guns

  • Conservatives

    • 2nd Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms

    • Individuals have the right to defend themselves

    • additional laws will not lower gun crime rates

      • Enforce current laws

    • More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens mean less crime.

Health care
Health Care

  • Liberals

    • Support free or low-cost government controlled health care

      • are millions of Americans who can't afford health care and are deprived of this basic right

    • Every American has a right to affordable health care. 

    • The government should provide equal health care benefits for all, regardless of their ability to pay

  • Conservatives

    • Support competitive, free market health care system

    • Free and low-cost government-run programs result in higher costs and everyone receiving the same poor-quality health care

    • The problem of uninsured individuals should be addressed and solved within the free market healthcare system--the government should not control healthcare.


  • Liberal

    • Support legal immigration

    • Support blanket amnesty for those who enter the U.S. illegally

    • immigrants have a right to:

      • all educational and health benefits that citizens.

      • the same rights as American citizens

    • It is unfair to arrest millions of undocumented immigrants

  • Conservative

    • Support legal immigration only

    • Oppose amnesty for those who enter the U.S. illegally

    • Those who break the law by entering the U.S. illegally do not have the same rights as those who obey the law and enter legally. 

    • The borders should be secured before addressing the problem of the illegal immigrants currently in the country

Same sex marriage
Same-Sex Marriage

  • Liberal

    • Marriage is the union of people who love each other

      • Support same-sex marriage

    • Prohibiting same-sex citizens from marrying denies them their civil rights

  • Conservatives

    • Marriage is the union of one man and one woman

      • Oppose same-sex marriage

    • Support Defense of Marriage Act 1996

      • affirms the right of states not to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.

    • Requiring citizens to sanction same-sex relationships violates moral and religious beliefs of millions who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Affirmative action
Affirmative Action

  • Liberals

    • Support it because of past racism

    • Minorities deprived of same education and employment opportunities as whites

    • Minorities still lag behind whites and need to make up for it


  • Against it

  • People should be admitted to schools and given jobs based on ability

  • Unfair to use race as a factor in selection process

  • Reverse Discrimination

Global warming climate change
Global Warming/Climate Change

  • Liberals

    • Global warming caused by increase in carbon dioxide through burning of fossil fuels

    • Laws to reduce emissions are needed


  • Change in temperature is natural over time

  • Science has not shown that humans can affect permanent change in temperature

  • Laws to reduce emissions will do nothing to help