Gun violence is an unfortunate reality in our global society. Recent discussions surrounding this topic have been polarizing and emotionally charged. There is an increased need for engagement in a rational and measured debate about the ethics of owning guns and the permissibility or regulating or restricting their ownership.
Typical treatments of the topic engage with the conflict between individual rights of autonomy and self-defense and collective rights of freedom from assault and violence. There are also conflicting claims about the ideal way to protect individuals in a society. Some suggest that more private ownership of guns increases collective security and decreases crime while others suggest the contrary: the presence of more guns decreases safety and increases the possibility of violent crime.
More generally, there is a concern about the obligation of the state and its institutions in assuring autonomy rights, social security, and individual protection.
Essays in Philosophy invites the submission of papers that explore some aspect of philosophy and gun control. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- autonomy rights
- harm reduction
- obligations of the State
- crime reduction
- property rights
- Constitutional guarantees
- gun culture and society
- political and economic implications
All submissions should be sent to the general editor via email: firstname.lastname@example.org