Student From Violent Neighborhood Asks About Gun Control

A while back, a student in my ethics course, knowing I was beginning a Questions My Students Ask Me project, sent an e-mail and asked if I supported gun control.  I wrote back and asked him if he had an opinion on the issue, given his particular childhood environment (D. had previously shared with me that he grew up in an inner city housing project complex, and spoke to me about the gun violence he encountered regularly).  He responded:  Criminals will get guns no matter what-they break the law because they don’t care.  My childhood experiences made me supportive of weapons because I was part of that lifestyle and   Continue reading