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In Defense of Gun Control

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2018.12.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Hugh LaFollette, In Defense of Gun Control, Oxford University Press, 2018, 237pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190873363. Reviewed by Firmin DeBrabander, Maryland Institute College of Art Hugh LaFollette has offered an informative, compelling and readable contribution to the philosophical literature on America's gun debate, which, as of yet, is still relatively small. He gives an overview of three major sets of arguments for and against gun control: armchair arguments, rights based arguments, and empirical arguments. He appraises each in turn, and ultimately points out how and where the gun rights position is wanting, and why the case for gun control is stronger. He concludes by detailing several proposals for gun control. These include some well-known (and much debated) regulations, like gun registration and background checks on gun purchases, but one idea that is rather novel and little discussed, mandatory. . .

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