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Debating Gun Control

David DeGrazia and Lester H. Hunt


Lester Hunt presents his case against (more-than-minimal) gun control and then David DeGrazia makes his case for (moderately extensive) gun control. Readers are left to decide for themselves which position is more defensible. The core of Hunt’s argument is rights-based: the right to own a gun is a necessary consequence of the more basic right of self-defense. It is an example of a wider class of rights to the means of exercising a more fundamental right. Thus, the right to own and use a gun is related to the right of self-defense. Admittedly, guns are dangerous objects and there are strict lim ... More

Keywords: guns, firearms, gun control, gun policy self-defense, rights, liberties, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190251253
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251253.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David DeGrazia, author
Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University

Lester H. Hunt, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison