Violence, Guns, and Personal Choices

Sam Harris . . . I am indebted to the man because I will no longer engage in debates about guns, violence, and gun control with anyone who has not read his ruminations on the subjects.

Mr. Harris reflects nearly 99.8756% of my views on violence, guns, and gun control.

“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.” – Sam Harris

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?” – Sam Harris

“There are people who consider using a burglar alarm at night or even locking their doors to be debasing concessions to fear.” – Sam Harris

There is an interesting point he makes in that last quote. The fact that some people are so against the idea of self-protection that they would put themselves and their families at risk to uphold what I consider an unreasonable ideal when it comes to violence and the real world. They see any concession as giving in to panic and fear. 

From many documented cases, that attitude only lasts until they come face-to-face with the real world, often with tragic results.

But enough of me talking; Harris is much more eloquent than I will ever be. 

So, for them who might want to engage me in a discussion on such matters, for them who want to know my views with regard to violence, weapons, personal responsibility and self-reliance, I give you the following.

First off, if you abhor reading, his latest podcast reprises many of his thoughts on violence, self-defense, and guns:

The Riddle of the Gun (Revisited)

However, for a deeper dive in all these subjects and inherent nuances of same, it’s worth reading the following:

The Truth About Violence (excellent advice, November 2011)

The Riddle of the Gun (the original written post, January 2013)

FAQ on Violence (his response to criticisms to Riddle of the Gun, January 2013)
Note: read point #8; this is somewhat analogous to my recent discussion of guns and alcohol, but there is a lot of other good information here.

Self-Defense and the Law (very informative, and occasionally baffling, August 2013)

Fighting (peripheral information but useful toward understanding violence, April 2015)

I am fully aware most people will not read any of this. I also know those who are inclined to read the material already know much of it.

But, if you are a person incensed about violence and gun violence in particular, if you are a person intent on having an intelligent discussion on the topics with the aim of making a real difference to the conversation, if you are a person who would rather know as opposed to assuming, then you owe it to yourself to take less than an hour and slog through all this information. Surely, if someone considers this one of the important topics facing us, an hour is not too much to ask for. 

You don’t have to agree with any of it, but you do need to understand the other side of the debate about guns, gun violence, and gun control. Especially if you aim to open your mouth about it.

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