Do Guns Make Us Free?: Democracy and the Armed Society by Firmin DeBrabander

By Firmin DeBrabander

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Possibly the main emotionally charged debate happening within the usa this day facilities at the moment modification to the structure and the rights of voters to endure palms. within the wake of the Sandy Hook college bloodbath in Connecticut, the gun rights move, headed by means of the nationwide Rifle organization, appears to be like extra intractable than ever in its struggle opposed to gun keep an eye on legislation. The middle argument of moment modification advocates is that the proliferation of firearms is vital to conserving freedom in the USA, supplying inner most electorate with a safety opposed to attainable executive tyranny, and hence safeguarding all our different rights. yet is that this argument legitimate? Do weapons certainly make us free?

In this insightful and eye-opening research, the 1st philosophical exam of each point of the contentious and uniquely American debate over weapons, Firmin DeBrabander examines the claims provided in prefer of unchecked gun possession. by means of exposing the contradictions and misinterpretations inherent within the case awarded through gun rights supporters, this provocative quantity demonstrates that an armed society isn't a unfastened society yet person who actively hinders democratic participation.

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