Semi-Automatic Handguns Versus Revolvers
Q&A Radio: 17 February 2013, Question 4
I answered a question on semi-automatic handguns versus revolvers on 17 February 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Are semi-automatic handguns more dangerous than revolvers? In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting, many of my friends claimed that semi-automatic firearms should be banned. They think that people should only be permitted to own revolvers. What are the differences between these two kinds of handguns? Do those differences matter to public policy debates about gun rights and gun control?
My Answer, In Brief: In their basic functionality, semi-automatic handguns identical to revolvers. To demonize semi-automatics can only be based on ignorance.
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