Guns, Fear, the Constitution, and the Public's Health
Publication Date: April 2008
Publisher(s): The New England Journal of Medicine
Author(s): Garen J. Wintemute
Special Collection: The Joyce Foundation
Keywords: District of Columbia v. Heller; handgun control
Coverage: District of Colombia United States
In March 2008, just prior to the publication of this essay, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller, a case challenging handgun control statutes adopted in 1976. Dr. Wintemute argues in this article that the overturning of gun control statutes could weaken the framework of ordered liberty that makes civil society possible.