On Gun Ownership and the Second Amendment

In the wake of the recent horrific tragedy in Orlando, the issue of gun ownership has re-emerged in the United States. Although I support gun control legislation, I’m interested here not in the details of policy (which isn’t to dismiss them as unimportant) but rather in the way we in the US tend to think … Continue reading On Gun Ownership and the Second Amendment


Guns and America’s Original Ontology

The enlightenment thinkers who provided the philosophical backdrop for the ‘founding’ of America understood the world to be made of disparate and distinct things and therefore saw humans as essentially separate, individual beings. It seems to me that this understanding of the nature of things, this ontology, is engraved in the American spirit and is … Continue reading Guns and America’s Original Ontology