The Ethics of Gun Control Essay

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The Ethics of Gun Control

The phrase "Gun Control" means different things to different people. One bumper sticker states that "Gun Control means hitting your target."
However one defines gun control, the mere mention of it brings controversy. Opposing sides have for years fought over the laws that govern firearms. For the purposes of this paper "Gun Control" is defined as policies enacted by the government that limit the legal rights of gun owners to own, carry, or use firearms, with the intent of reducing gun crimes such as murder, armed robbery, aggravated rape, and the like. So defined, gun control understandably brings favorable responses from some, and angry objections from others.

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The arguments of the anti-gun lobby are generally based on so-called "common-sense" and emotional pleading, with relatively few statistics backing up their claims. They argue that the Second Amendment to the Constitution is only giving the states the right to regulate militia activity and therefore possess and "bear" arms (Rowland 3). Some of the more extreme anti-gun lobby advocate repealing the Second
Amendment altogether.

Since the most extreme advocates of gun control wish to ban guns regardless of the Constitution, it becomes necessary to not just examine the law of the land, and the courts interpretation, but also the underlying philosophies of both sides of the debate. This is not to say that the issue cannot be argued from a legal standpoint. In the past few years, as class-action lawsuits have become more prevalent, some lawsuits have been brought against gun manufacturers on the grounds that they produce and distribute a dangerous product. In some cases, juries decided for the plaintiffs, and thus set precedent for more anti-gun suits. This hardly sets an actual legal precedent against the legality of guns themselves. In fact, US v. Emerson, a case resolved just last
Spring, a federal appeals judge upheld under the Second Amendment the right to own/possess

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