January 18

21st Century Living

Friday’s Big Idea

Discourse

Which side are you on in the gun debate? We're all technically on the same side. As Tauriq Moosa points out, we all want a world with less violence or, more realistically, "one where fewer innocent people die." 

And yet, like any issue that involves death, are passions run hot when we debate how to establish a world that is safer for ourselves and our children. Do we want more guns or fewer guns? Do we want more laws or fewer laws? We do ourselves a disservice when we dismiss arguments that don't square with our gut feelings on this issue. 

Like any complex issue, the problem of gun violence has no single, easy solution. That is why Tauriq Moosa explores two "sides" of the gun debate. "Even if both are wrong," Moosa writes, "we can show this without recourse to name-calling, Strawmanning and caricature."

 

  1. 1 Two Important Arguments from Both...
  2. 2 Yes, Of Course, Gun Control. But ...
  3. 3 Substituting Prices for Principle...
  4. 4 The Gun Control Battle. It's Not ...
   
  1. Two Important Arguments from Both 'Sides' of the Gun Debate

    Two Important Arguments from Both 'Sides' of the Gun Debate

    The argument over guns is a complex topic, but we ought not to dismiss arguments because they do not square with our gut feelings – regardless of whether we want more or less guns, more or less laws. 

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  2. Yes, Of Course, Gun Control. But We Also Need More Crazy-Person Control

    Yes, Of Course, Gun Control. But We Also Need More Crazy-Person Control

    One consequence of mass killings like this week's horror in Newtown, according to reporting by ...

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  3. Substituting Prices for Principles in the Gun Debate

    Substituting Prices for Principles in the Gun Debate

    How much would you pay to prevent the death of a child, or anyone else, from gun violence?

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  4. The Gun Control Battle. It's Not About Guns As Weapons, but Guns as Symbols.

    The Gun Control Battle. It's Not About Guns As Weapons, but Guns as Symbols.

    While guns don’t kill people, they certainly do make killing easier.

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