Constitution at Work: Gun Control Discussion

On Monday, November 5, at 7:00PM, the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia will present another installment of The Constitution at Work - a public series examining important issues in relation to the Constitution, legal rulings, and ethics. On November 5, Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, Hugh Taft-Morales, will discuss GUN CONTROL with University of Pennsylvania Law Professor Kim Roosevelt. They will examine the major rulings regarding the second amendment, and ask "What does the future hold for gun rights and public safety?" A lively Q & A will be followed by refreshments and conversation.

The Constitution at Work series of discussions complement the Democracy on Trial debates typically on the same theme. Look for the Democracy on Trial gun control debate on November 18th. 

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  • Darren W.

    At the last minute I've been invited to speak at Philly - Nationwide End The Fed / End The Wars Rally 2 on Saturday. I'll base my talk on the arguments I used at the debate. Join us at noon at the Federal Reserve bank to hear some extreme speeches :-)­

    November 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Vince, see my ethical society comments. Perhaps we could chat at the next event.

    November 5, 2012

  • Jean S.

    My family has been defending our great country for almost three hundred years. It is my "right" to own a gun. I can't make the event on a Monday...

    October 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Substituting "firearm" for "gun" does not solve the problem. All the examples I gave above involve technologies that enable lethal projectiles to be fired from point A to point B. The only real difference is in the degree of destruction. Presumably even the most rabid pro-gun proponents are going to stop well short of nuclear weapons. This means there almost certainly broad agreement on the validity of gun control. The only interesting question becomes where to draw the line. Unfortunately, you cannot answer this question by simple invocation of a "right to bear arms". As stated, the right is not qualified. But everyone, including the founders, treated the right as quite qualified (no privately owned cannons in Ben Franklin's back yard).

      1 · October 23, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dear Frank:

      November 2, 2012

  • Darren W.

    Gun Control Debate

    Sunday, November 18, 2012

    2:00 PM

    Philadelphia Ethical Society

    1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA (map)

    The topic of the second Democracy on Trial debate will be Gun Control. This debate will complement the gun control discussion of Nov 5th. We learned some valuable formatting lessons from our first role of government debate which we will apply to this next debate. We are confident that the changes we will implement will lead to a deeper exploration and understanding of this controversial issue. We have two smart people passionate about their ideals to represent each side. We will start the questioning addressing the issue of ethics and let the audience ask prepared questions after that. So please prepare any question that you would like to ask our debaters, and them post it to this meetup site so it is available for all to review.­

    October 23, 2012

  • Elizabeth

    It was a pleasure to find this group. I am eager to meet people who like to think and exercise their minds in a world where this mental art is disapearing.

    October 23, 2012

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