Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines!, Issue #14, 2 (November 2018): Bullets, Corpses, Doctors, & The NRA.

By Hugh Reginald

1. “’Do you know how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly?’ — doctors to NRA”

By Vivian Ho

The Guardian, 10 NOVEMBER 2018

Full article available at URL = https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/09/nra-doctors-tweet-gun-control-deaths?CMP=share_btn_link

2. “Doctors Revolt After N.R.A. Tells Them to ‘Stay in Their Lane’ on Gun Policy”

By Matthew Haag

The New York Times, 13 NOVEMBER 2018

Full article available at URL = https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/13/us/nra-stay-in-your-lane-doctors.html

3. Some Follow-Up Thoughts For Further Reflection and Discussion:

Is the following argument sound? If so, why? If not, why not?

  1. The primary function of guns is to coerce people either by killing or seriously harming them, or by threatening to do so.
  2. Coercion is rationally unjustified and immoral, because it treats people either as mere means to the coercer’s ends or as mere things, and directly violates the human dignity of those who are coerced.
  3. Doctors in the USA who treat gunshot victims can provide direct, overwhelming evidence for the extremely bad, widespread human consequences of gun ownership-&-use.
  4. Therefore, not only is gun ownership-&-use rationally unjustified and immoral, it also has has extremely bad, widespread human consequences.
  5. Although for ideological reasons and/or for fear of being shot themselves, doctors in the USA may be afraid to say that they are against the 2nd Amendment and anti-gun, any other reasonable person would have to conclude from steps 1–5 that abolishing guns by means of repealing the 2nd Amendment is the right thing to do and that the NRA is profoundly wrong about guns, the 2nd Amendment, and the public role of doctors in emphasizing the extremely bad, widespread human consequences of gun ownership-&-use.

4. Two Links For Supplementary Reading:

Thoughtless Images, aka Guns R Us.

This installment of Ripped! can be downloaded HERE: PWB_philosophy_ripped_from_the_headlines_issue14–2_nov18

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