George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life

December 2012

Guns, death, property and the state, in the US and EU

The gun culture in the US is something completely alien to the European citizen [I am not homogenising US and EU citizens, see below when discussing the possible disagreements]. The difference lies not so much in the perceived right of the individual to own a fire-arm but rather on the relationship of the individual and by proxy the state, with property and death. The issue of gun control is not one that can be strictly analysed in the context of self-defence or protection of one’s property. The right to bear a gun, and in extend to protect one’s life, family or belongings should be thought as part a wider rationale, that includes the death penalty and other actions that legitimise the removal of a life on behalf of the state or the individual. (Granted of course that the two are...

George Iordanou Politics, Philosophy and (not much) Real Life

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