Notre Dame Professor Believes Permissive Gun Laws Manifest Racism

, Spencer Irvine, Leave a comment

The New York Times ran a Notre Dame professor’s op-ed on gun laws relating to racism:

A professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame published an op-ed in The New York Times linking lenient gun laws in America to racism.

Prof. Gary Gutting argued “permissive gun laws are a manifestation of racism” and invoked “hatred of racism” as a motivation for the gun control movement. According to Gutting, high exposure to guns in largely poor black neighborhoods along with low restrictions on gun ownership permeates a culture of racism.

Gutting, in an effort to rouse his gun control allies, posits racism as the motivational force behind a successful gun control campaign. Racism, in Gutting’s argument, will give the gun control movement “the vigor and persistence needed” to overcome gun lobbyists.