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The Big Idea for Friday, January 18, 2013

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 'Sides' of the Gun Debate
    Tauriq Moosa Against the New Taboo
  2. 2 Yes, Of Course, Gun Control. But We Also Need More Crazy-Person Control
    David Berreby Mind Matters
  3. 3 Substituting Prices for Principles in the Gun Debate
    Daniel Altman Econ201
  4. 4 The Gun Control Battle. It's Not About Guns As Weapons, but Guns as Symbols.
    David Ropeik Risk: Reason and Reality


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