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

By Firmin DeBrabander

Probably 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 undergo hands. within the wake of the Sandy Hook college bloodbath in Connecticut, the gun rights flow, headed via the nationwide Rifle organization, seems to be extra intractable than ever in its struggle opposed to gun regulate legislation. The middle argument of moment modification advocates is that the proliferation of firearms is key to keeping freedom in the United States, offering inner most electorate with a security opposed to attainable govt 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 desire of unchecked gun possession. through exposing the contradictions and misinterpretations inherent within the case offered by way of gun rights supporters, this provocative quantity demonstrates that an armed society isn't really a unfastened society yet one who actively hinders democratic participation.

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Grassroots fronts for corporate influence on public land and environmental policy are discussed in Thomas A. Lewis, "You can't judge a group by its cover," and Jay R. Hair, "The National Wildlife view: Recognizing an antienvironmental ruse," National Wildlife 30(6) (1992), 9 and 30. 103. Cf. Stroup and Baden, note 39 supra, at 45-50. The problem with anecdotes is that it is easy to enlist them in any cause. " 104. "Exchange is not a zero-sum game" is alleged to be an "empirical" principle in Stroup and Baden, note 39 supra, at 30.

The Environmental Defense Fund is largely responsible for the EPA's experiment in pollution-rights trading. 94 More generally, Peter Berle, President of the National Audubon Society, urges the Clinton Administration to "get the prices right;" in his view, "below-cost timber sales, belowmarket grazing fees, over-subsidizing water for agricultural uses, [and] giving away minerals . . 96 With slight modifications—delete "over-" and the reference to giving minerals away—Berle's remark could have been made by an advocate of privatization.

S. ) 212 (1845). 8. FLPMA, note 6 supra, at §1701(a)(7). C. A. §§1600-14 at §1601(d)(l). 9. S. v. S. 84 (1985). 10. , Charles W. Howe, "Project benefits and costs from national and regional viewpoints: methodological issues and case study of the Colorado — Big Thompson Project," Natural Resources Journal 21 (1987), 5-20. 11. For a restrained statement, see Richard D. Lamm, "Out West Worries," The New York Times, 12 August 1980, 19. 12. In Cornfield v. S. " In Light v. S. 523 (1911), the Court barred Fred Light's cows from the USFS's Holy Cross Reserve without a permit.

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