Chapter 15. Gun Control

  1. R. G. Frey and
  2. Christopher Heath Wellman
  1. Lance Stell

Published Online: 26 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9780470996621.ch15

A Companion to Applied Ethics

A Companion to Applied Ethics

How to Cite

Stell, L. (2005) Gun Control, in A Companion to Applied Ethics (eds R. G. Frey and C. Heath Wellman), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470996621.ch15

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781557865946

Online ISBN: 9780470996621



  • problem of gun control;
  • practical ethics;
  • initial entitlement problem;
  • state's police power;
  • classical liberalism


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Why Gun Control Matters

  • The Initial Entitlement Problem

  • The Regulatory Power

  • Dangerous-possessor Gun Control

  • Strict Gun Control

  • Guns as Environmental Toxins

  • Gun Prevalence as a Social Cause of the US Homicide Rate

  • How Many Guns?

  • America's Homicide Rate

  • Guns and Social Causation of the Homicide Rate

  • Mechanism in Causal Accounts

  • Mental Causation

  • The Paradox of Gun Control and Reasonable Policies

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments