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In Defense of Gun Control

Hugh Lafollette


The gun control debate is more complex than most disputants acknowledge. We are not tasked with answering a single question: Should we have gun control? There are three distinct policy questions confronting us: Who should we permit to have which guns, and how should we regulate the acquisition, storage, and carrying of guns people may legitimately own? To answer these questions we must decide whether (and which) people have a right to bear arms, what kind of right they have, and how stringent it is. We must also evaluate divergent empirical claims about (a) the role of guns in causing harm, an ... More

Keywords: right to bear arms, history of guns, defensive gun uses, homicide, suicide, gunshot injuries, public health, NRA, right to carry, stand your ground laws, spree killings

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190873363
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190873363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Lafollette, author
Cole Chair in Ethics, University of South Florida St. Petersburg