Saturday, April 6, 2013

Should there be gun control? The full debate

 "Should there be Gun Control? A philosopher versus the NRA."

Recorded March 28, 2013
University of North Dakota School of Law, Baker Courtroom

Jack Russell Weinstein
Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life
University of North Dakota
Sandra Froman, JD.
Former President, National Rifle Association

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Please come to our annual fundraiser (or donate online)

This is the last year that the University of North Dakota will provide money for IPPL and its programs, so we need your help more than ever. To donate online, without attending, please visit

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April 7, 2-4, Rhombus Guys Pizza, Grand Forks, ND.

Free pizza, cash bar. Kids welcome.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Should we have gun control? An opening statement.

 Last week, I debated former National Rifle Association President Sandra Froman on gun control. I was invited to do so by the University of North Dakota School of Law's chapter of the Federalist Society. This was not a debate I sought out, but it was an obligation I did not feel I could deny.

The debate was recorded and I hope to post audio or video of it soon, including, of course, Ms. Froman's comments. However, I have received so many requests for details, that I thought it would be useful to post my opening statement to give people a taste of what's to come. I do not have a transcript of the debate, so I can't include Ms. Froman's response, but the event was covered by the Grand Forks Herald. These comments are lengthier than a blog usually is, but we were given fifteen minutes for a statement and I wanted to make the most of them.

A PDF of the opening statement is also available for download.

I look forward to hearing your comments and I look forward to posting the whole debate soon..

- Jack