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alphathought Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 1:18 PM
Couldn't leave this one alone. Beautiful analogy Kerwick. And the point that guns are to defend and feed as the end point rather than simply kill, which is part of the process but not the end point, shouldn't be missed. The fact that we have the greatest number of guns per 100K population but rank like 27th in gun related deaths per 100K shouldn't be dismissed.

While teaching on Aristotle in my ethics class last week, I noted that he was a “teleologist.” A teleologist is simply one who thinks that everything in the world has an essential purpose that makes it the kind of thing that it is. This is what most people held up until the advent of modern science.

An astute student then attempted to tie Aristotle’s analysis into the current debate over the Second Amendment. He observed that those who favor ever more oppressive restrictions on the Second Amendment—the proponents of “gun control”—sound very much like teleologists when it comes to guns. Guns...