University of San Diego to Host Debate on Gun Control

Recent school shootings have led to calls for tighter restrictions on private gun ownership, including bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Some have even argued for the repeal of the Second Amendment.

On Tuesday, October 16, two distinguished scholars will debate these proposals at the University of San Diego. The event, hosted by USD’s Center for Ethics, Economics and Public Policy, takes place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre and is free and open to the public.

The debate features University of Colorado Professor of Philosophy Michael Huemer who has argued that gun ownership is an individual’s moral right, and that the harm stemming from the private ownership of firearms has been greatly exaggerated.

On the other side, Chapman University Presidential Fellow Michael Shermer contends that widespread ownership of semi-automatic weapons threatens the rights of all of us to live safely in society, and that the importance of gun ownership for private self-defense is overstated.

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