Debate is a process that involves formal discussion on a particular topic. In a debate, opposing arguments are put forward to argue for opposing viewpoints. Debate occurs in public meetings, academic institutions, and legislative assemblies. It is a formal type of discussion, often with a moderator and an audience, in addition to the debate participants.
Logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are elements in debating, where one side often prevails over the other party by presenting a superior "context" or framework of the issue. In a formal debating contest, there are rules for participants to discuss and decide on differences, within a framework defining how they will do it.
Debating is carried out in debating chambers and assemblies of various types to discuss matters and to make resolutions about action to be taken, often by voting. Deliberative bodies such as parliaments, legislative assemblies, and meetings of all sorts engage in debates. In particular, in parliamentary democracies a legislature debates and decides on new laws. Formal debates between candidates for elected office, such as the leaders debates, are sometimes held in democracies. Debating is also carried out for educational and recreational purposes, usually associated with educational establishments and debating societies.Informal and forum debate is relatively common, shown by TV shows such as the Australian talk show, Q&A. The outcome of a contest may be decided by audience vote, by judges, or by some combination of the two.

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  1. Yarome

    Help Settle a "Firearm" Debate

    I seem to have gotten into a little hot water, but I disagree with the premise and looking for a little backup here. The dispute: One (1) milled lower receiver, two (2) 80% lowers, 3 upper builds, optics for each and 40-30rnd mags. It is MY contention that I've purchased, per agreement and by...
  2. UnionMillsNW

    Pacific Northwest Camo Debate!

    Hey Folks, I fell down a YouTube rabbit hole on the history of camouflage and it got me thinking: what would ya'll choose for a camo in the PNW? I've provided a few options but if you have a left field suggestion let's hear it. This can be for anything from bugging out to hunting. What...
  3. D

    Debate with self, what next?

    Thinking about a new handgun, but just can't figure out what I "need" next o_O. Currently have 2 CZ's, a PCR 9mm compact, and a 97 BD .45 ACP, as well as a SIG P220R, also in .45 ACP. The PCR and SIG are my carry pieces, the 97 is a range toy and sometime nightstand gun, although the SIG is...
  4. C

    DNC debate tonight at 6pm

    on MSNBC. Tonight's topics focus heavily on gun ownership.
  5. Sporting Systems

    Tacoma Council member pulls the race card on the Firearms debate. - passes taxes

    The firearms community has been under attack for decades, and the anti gun community has stepped on the gas pedal in recent months, but this last week has been exceptionally bad for civil rights in WA. The Supreme Court will allow families to sue a manufacturer over the illegal use of a lawful...
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