Rights

On her way to work, Amelia passes by a pond. One day, she sees a child in the pond, struggling for air. Amelia would try to rescue the child if she could, but she’s in a wheelchair and can’t. Bob, who is fit and healthy, is also by the pond watching the child drown. Amelia tells Bob to try to save the child, but for some reason Bob refuses. So, Amelia pulls out her gun (which she always brings with her) and tells Bob that she will shoot him if he refuses to try to save the child from drowning.

Does Amelia have a moral right to coerce Bob? Does Bob have a moral right not to be coerced? Does Bob have a moral right not to help the child? Does the child have a moral right to an attempted rescue?

Keywords: Claim-rights, liberty-rights, rights-waiving, the strength of rights