WMU News

NPR show host evaluates gun control issues

October 13, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Gun control and the issues of individual rights, governmental authority and the government's power to pursue the public good will be evaluated by renowned ethicist Dr. Hugh LaFollette Thursday, Oct. 22, at Western Michigan University.

LaFollette, host of National Public Radio's "Ideas and Issues" program and professor of philosophy at East Tennessee State University, will address "Gun Control: Protecting the Public or Restricting Rights?" in a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Room 3512 of Knauss Hall. His talk is sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

LaFollette will critically evaluate arguments for and against gun control, attempting to show that the arguments for both sides are more subtle and compelling than their opponents will admit.

LaFollette, who teaches courses in ethics, human and animal rights and philosophy of law, is currently writing a book entitled "Ethical Theory and Practice." He is the editor of Ethics in Practice: An Anthology and World Hunger and Morality.

For more information, contact the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at 387-4390.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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