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[This introductory chapter provides an overview of how firearms have evolved over centuries and throughout cultures. An evidence-based approach is used to interpret modern data on gun violence, and the assertion is made that the United States is experiencing a “gun epidemic” with significantly...
[This chapter uses various philosophical frameworks and approaches to explain how we interpret artifacts as they become embodied in our selves. The concepts of technê and poiêsis are used to explain how technologies are not simply made but led forth into existence by their human designers who...
[This chapter connects the materiality of the artifact to the language of design. Technical mediation is explained through the demand characteristics, scripts, and affordances of our technological artifacts. It is argued that artifacts speak to their users in implicit ways—both deliberate and...
[Following the argument that technological artifacts like the gun possess inherent morals that are expressed through affordances, this chapter emphasizes how guns suggest, persuade, and encourage their use, which is violent by design. Related examples are used to provide evidence for how choice...
[This chapter challenges the widely discredited myth that more guns equal less crime. In addition, a legal argument is made for gun ownership as a prima facie right, and the Second Amendment is reviewed through different modes of constitutional interpretation. The social contract theory is used...
[The concluding chapter contemplates the weight of responsibility for gun owners, manufacturers, and dealers. Moreover, the design theory of Responsible Innovation is explored with regard to the development, use, and regulation of dangerous technologies. The book closes with this chapter’s two...
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