How to Start an Introduction for a Debate. Research your part of the debate. Say for instance you are arguing for stricter gun control. You should already have your statistics on gun ownership, reasoning for stricter controls and what benefits that should have, and counter arguments against your opposition's likely points prepared before you sit down to work on your introduction.
This dearth of discourse may reflect the Friedrich-Finer debate about what best prevents unethical conduct. If the problem is internal, ethics education is needed (Friedrich, 1935); if it’s external, e.g., political superiors and laws, then training is needed (Finer, 1936). Yet this debate antedates Friedrich-Finer by more than two millennia.