- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: Accurate Press; 1st edition (September 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1888118083
- ISBN-13: 978-1888118087
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nation of Cowards: Essays on the Ethics of Gun Control 1st Edition
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Snyder's arguments are compelling: they hinge on several easy-to-swallow propositions.
First, he asserts that we have rights, and first amongst those is our right to life. From that right, he infers a right to self defense, without which the right to life is rendered meaningless. Thus, with a right to self defense, one has the right to posess the means with which to render such defense effective - ergo, the right to own and use a firearm.
Second, he asserts that classical liberal theories of government hinge on the notion of "government deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed." Sound familiar? This is the idea of government by consent set forth in the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson. Snyder argues that consent is meaningless without the ability to object, and to enforce such a negative vote. Thus, firearms allow the citizenry to collectively enforce their will on their subject, and any infringement upon their rights (already established above) to own and use them violates the principle of consensual government.
The arguments hardly stop there - Snyder continues to logically follow the arguments of gun control to their conclusions, thus demonstrating the grounds on which he calls them self-contradictory and immoral.
Amongst other topics, Snyder launches attacks against irresponsibility, instrumentalism (denier of will), and utilitarianism (the destroyer of rights).Read more ›
Snyder makes a persuasive argument that self-defense is a personal responsibility, and that those who rely on the state (or its paid agents) for protection are shirking their ethical duty. Gun control laws are therefore impediments to ethical action by preventing people from utilizing the most effective means of self-defense.
"Nation of Cowards" is a must read for those who have an interest in the gun control debate. But be warned: Reading "Nation of Cowards" may force you to think, and to reconsider the way you look at yourself, government, the law, and their interrelationships.
The essays are clearly written, well thought out, and concise. I highly recommend this book to everyone who truly considers themselves a Citizen of the U.S.A.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
true citizens of this nation need to pay heed to thee message authors like this are pointing out.Published 5 months ago by michael h. muscato
I first read Mr. Snyder many years ago when his essay "A Nation of Cowards" was initially published. Read morePublished 9 months ago by James Taylor
Arguably the first in the 'new generation' of writers for cultural issues dealing with the Second Amendment, a copy of this book had escaped me over the years. Read morePublished 9 months ago by jfh
A must read for those with an interest in not only the 2nd Amendment, but all of the rights we are possess. Read morePublished 22 months ago by SeldomseenPA
You've got to get past the first couple chapters; then it starts to drive home the truths of the work.Published on January 16, 2014 by P. McKibben
Throw every pro and con gun control argument you ever heard out the window. This book contains an entirely different approach to the argument (That can actually be applied to much... Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Thomas Wilbur
This is the deeper stuff: historical, moral, etc., from a strongly Christian perspective. It doesn't appear to try to convince so much as to illustrate the feelings from the gun... Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by Keith E. Junker
This is probably the most influential book that I've read on the topic of gun control. The author's discussion of the ethics of gun control--not simply the utilitarian calculus... Read morePublished on May 29, 2011 by G. T. Wilson