Friday, January 04, 2013

The riddle of the gun

This is an interesting blog post by noted atheist, Sam Harris.  It is very well written and I agree with most of his points.  Here is an excerpt:

However, when a massacre is under way, nothing can substitute for the presence of other armed men and women who have been trained to fight with guns. That is why one bothers to call the police. And those who are horrified at the idea of stationing a police officer in every school should be obliged to tell us how long they would like to wait for the police to arrive in the event that they are needed. Declaring schools to be “gun-free zones” makes them especially good places to commit mass murder—this is more NRA propaganda that happens to be true. With the exception of the attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every mass shooting since 1950 has taken place where civilians are forbidden to carry firearms.

I do disagree with his interpretation of the second amendment, but on balance it was good.

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