Sam Harris: The riddle of the gun
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Sam Harris: The riddle of the gun
Posted by TheDoc on 1/13 at 12:18 am
one of my favorite authors.

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But, unlike my friends, I own several guns and train with them regularly. Every month or two, I spend a full day shooting with a highly qualified instructor. This is an expensive and time-consuming habit, but I view it as part of my responsibility as a gun owner. It is true that my work as a writer has added to my security concerns somewhat, but my involvement with guns goes back decades. I have always wanted to be able to protect myself and my family, and I have never had any illusions about how quickly the police can respond when called. I have expressed my views on self-defense elsewhere. Suffice it to say, if a person enters your home for the purpose of harming you, you cannot reasonably expect the police to arrive in time to stop him. This is not the fault of the police—it is a problem of physics.

Like most gun owners, I understand the ethical importance of guns and cannot honestly wish for a world without them. I suspect that sentiment will shock many readers. Wouldn’t any decent person wish for a world without guns?

In my view, only someone who doesn’t understand violence could wish for such a world. A world without guns is one in which the most aggressive men can do more or less anything they want. It is a world in which a man with a knife can rape and murder a woman in the presence of a dozen witnesses, and none will find the courage to intervene. There have been cases of prison guards (who generally do not carry guns) helplessly standing by as one of their own was stabbed to death by a lone prisoner armed with an improvised blade. The hesitation of bystanders in these situations makes perfect sense—and “diffusion of responsibility” has little to do with it. The fantasies of many martial artists aside, to go unarmed against a person with a knife is to put oneself in very real peril, regardless of one’s training. The same can be said of attacks involving multiple assailants. A world without guns is a world in which no man, not even a member of Seal Team Six, can reasonably expect to prevail over more than one determined attacker at a time. A world without guns, therefore, is one in which the advantages of youth, size, strength, aggression, and sheer numbers are almost always decisive.

Who could be nostalgic for such a world?


This post was edited on 1/13 at 12:26 am

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Posted by Wishnitwas1998 on 1/13 at 12:22 am to TheDoc
Completely agree


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Posted by TheDoc on 1/13 at 12:26 am to TheDoc
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If you believe that the armed forces of the United States might one day come for you—and you think your cache of small arms will suffice to defend you if they do—I’ve got a black helicopter to sell you.





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Posted by TheDoc on 1/13 at 12:27 am to TheDoc
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Rather than new laws, I believe we need a general shift in our attitude toward public violence—wherein everyone begins to assume some responsibility for containing it. It is worth noting that this shift has already occurred in one area of our lives, without anyone’s having received special training or even agreeing that a change in attitude was necessary: Just imagine how a few men with box cutters would now be greeted by their fellow passengers at 30,000 feet.




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Posted by davesdawgs on 1/13 at 12:28 am to TheDoc
Absolutely agree. Guns are the great equalizer.


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Posted by TheDoc on 1/13 at 12:29 am to davesdawgs
I probably agree with 95% of that article

sam harris is a brilliant person honestly



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Posted by TheDoc on 1/13 at 12:34 am to TheDoc
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I view the question of gun ownership as primarily an ethical one: A couple of sociopaths break into your house for the pleasure of killing you and your family, and the police cannot arrive in time to stop them.

What should you be permitted to do in self-defense?



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Posted by Willie Stroker on 1/13 at 12:54 am to TheDoc
Sam Harris...

<----would fellate

well, not literally. But metaphorically.



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Posted by TheDoc on 1/13 at 12:56 am to Willie Stroker
he's just an incredible writer


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Posted by Tiguar on 1/13 at 1:34 am to TheDoc
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Who could be nostalgic for such a world?


Just makes me wish the liberal left would evolve and join us in the modern day. Stop trying to go back to cavemen times



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Posted by LSUgusto on 1/13 at 8:45 am to Tiguar
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Just makes me wish the liberal left would evolve and join us in the modern day.
The wrong side of history?



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Posted by Decatur on 1/13 at 8:48 am to TheDoc
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Who could be nostalgic for such a straw man?


Fixed



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Posted by Bard on 1/13 at 9:23 am to Decatur
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Fixed


Absolutely right because we know there has never been a time that guns didn't exist



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