Wednesday, January 16, 2013
debate, part 2
take a look at this new york times editorial.
it has 6 responses to the issue of the gun controversy. read the synopsis. the issue here is not prohibition. this discussion is more nuanced.
i advance some points:
1- second amendment to the constitution and its history.
2- the downside (social price) to pay.
3- there are approximate 300 million guns in circulation in the US alone.
4- take a look at the so called scholarly commentaries to the discussion (click here and scroll down). this is the discussion judges have when they read and write opinions. (by the way take a look at the difference between majority opinion and dissenting opinion).
as you can see this discussion boils down to how we discuss personal freedoms (civil liberties). what are the limits of personal freedom?
we could try a debate in class. some student volunteers to read the different takes & pick one he/she feels comfortable with. this is the position he/she will defend.
i'd like to be able to do this as an exercise in class next wednesday, depending. it would be good to have at least three or four different points of view.
of course, i'll moderate the debate.