On Gun Rights

Courtesy Leiter Reports, Jeff McMahon (Oxford) explores an argument against gun rights on Oxford's "Practical Ethics" site. From the essay's lede,

On this day in the US, around thirty people will be killed with a gun, not including suicides. Many more will be wounded. I can safely predict this number because that is the average number of homicides committed with a gun in the US each day. Such killings have become so routine that they are barely noticed even in the local news. Only when a significant number of people are murdered, particularly when they include children or are killed randomly, is the event considered newsworthy.

Yet efforts to regulate the possession of guns in the US are consistently defeated.

The online discussion following McMahon's essay is vigorous, to say the least.

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