The Editor’s Pick for our March 2014 issue is “The Case for Moderate Gun Control,” by David DeGrazia.
In this issue’s lead article, DeGrazia brings the currently emotional debates over gun control policy within the purview of bioethics. Violence and policies concerning violent weapons are crucial health issues, and yet bioethicists have done little to bring their tools and insights to this domain. DeGrazia’s paper thus breaks new ground. He defends a moderate gun control policy, and argues that from the point of view of public health, it is morally inexcusable not to tighten gun regulations in the United States, regardless of which moral framework we employ.
David DeGrazia, PhD, is Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and Professor of Philosophy at The George Washington University. His books include Taking Animals Seriously, Human Identity and Bioethics, and Creation Ethics: Reproduction, Genetics, and Quality of Life. DeGrazia’s research has been supported by fellowships from NEH, ACLS, and NIH. His published articles have appeared in such journals as Hastings Center Report, Philosophical Forum, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and Ethics.