The Influence Of Gun Control

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The debate surrounding gun control has been a become recent and significant conversation in American politics as a result of several gun related incidents, such as mass shootings. In his "Reasoning About An Ethical Issue" speech, Sami decided to focus on this ongoing issue through discussing the history and current state of gun control, explaining the opposing sides related to the issue, and approaching the ethical significance of the issue by referring to the works of John Stuart Mill and Peter Singer. He makes the claim that there needs to be smarter gun laws in order to save lives, such as standardized and mandatory background checks before purchasing a gun. Sami also states that these new laws are especially important in a world with more guns, people, and complex issues than when the original laws, such as the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights from 1791, were adopted by the United States government. The first ethical assumption that Sami …show more content…
This moral assumption is found in the writings of Peter Singer, specifically his work Famine, Affluence, and Morality. In this essay, Singer states that "if it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable importance, we ought, morally to do it" (Singer 231). In his speech, Sami uses this idea from Singer to support his claim of creating smarter gun laws by stating that since there have been frequent shootings in the United States in the past several years in which people have been killed or injured, then the citizens have a moral obligation to do something about it in order to prevent more incidents from happening, such as enacting legislation that makes purchasing or firing a gun with the intent to hurt someone harder to

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