TITLE

Gun Control: A European Perspective

AUTHOR(S)
Müller, Vincent C.
PUB. DATE
July 2015
SOURCE
Essays in Philosophy;Jul2015, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p247
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
From a European perspective the US debate about gun control is puzzling because we have no such debate: It seems obvious to us that dangerous weapons need tight control and that 'guns' fall under that category. I suggest that this difference occurs due to different habits that generate different attitudes and support this explanation with an analogy to the habits about knives. I conclude that it is plausible that individual knife-people or gun-people do not want tight regulatory legislation--but tight knife and gun legislation is morally obligatory anyway. We need to give up our habits for the greater good.
ACCESSION #
108615529

 

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