Huemer believes that there is a prima facie right to own a gun. What does this mean? He thinks it fairly easy to establish the existence of this right-how does
he do this?
Huemer believes that utilitarian considerations are of only minor importance in determining the permissibility of firearms prohibitions. Why does he say this?
Discuss one analogy that Huemer uses when claiming that considerations of self-defense provide the central argument for gun rights.
Explain the distinction between fundamental and derivative rights and give an example of each.
At the beginning of section 5.3 Huemer summarizes his argument for the conclusion that gun prohibition is wrong. What is his argument?
Explain McMahan’s view about the dynamic between increased gun ownership and the power of the police.
How does McMahan understand the right of self-defense How would a proponent of gun ownership understand the right of self-defense?
Given the political climate in the US, many think that a gun ban is impractical, and unjustified. What is McMahan’s reply to this concern?
Explain McMahan’s analogy between drugs and alcohol prohibition.
McMahan claims that the logic of private gun ownership is “inexorable”. Clearly state just what his logic is and why he is concerned about it?