AM I ETHICAL?
As the owner of several nearby apartment buildings, you have become concerned about gun violence in your neighborhood. Out of concern for your tenants, you recently informed them that you will not renew their leases if they own or possess a gun. You clearly stated that your policy will be enforced “without any exceptions.”
Several tenants have complained vigorously. One tenant is an avid hunter who claims that your policy violates his Constitutional rights. Another tenant is a policeman who, as a condition of employment, is required to have access to a gun at all times. A third tenant is a woman who is afraid of her abusive ex-boyfriend.
Is your policy ethical?
- No, because the Constitution protects the private right of gun ownership
- No, regarding the tenant who justifiably needs protection from her ex-boyfriend
- Yes, as long as the policy is modified to permit the policeman to retain his gun
- Yes, under all circumstances
The SOLUTION is revealed at the end of the chapter.