Fireside Debate Dec. 11

December 8th, 2000 by Adam

Fireside debaters tackle hot topic

The Plymouth State College Forensics Team will host a Fireside Debate at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 in the HUB fireside lounge. Two of PSC’s best debaters, Dan O’Neil and Trish Giasson will square off on the top of whether the U.S. government should restrict civil lawsuits.

O’Neil, a junior history major who is a two-time qualifier for the national Forensic Association tournament, will take the affirmative side, requesting that government should restrict lawsuits against gun manufacturers.

Giasson, a first-year psychology major will take the negative, arguing that gun manufacturers need to be held accountable for the use of their products.

“This is an important debate,” says Forensics Team Director Scott Maltzie, “because this new type of product liability suit has important legal, social and political ramifications. The McDonald’s coffee case, where a woman sued and won for spilling hot coffee in her lap, and other such frivolous lawsuits, have made this a relevant topic for discussion.”

The public is invited to this debate free of charge. Refreshments will be served.