Sean Faircloth: Sam Harris Ought to Reconsider His Stance on Guns

Sean Faircloth, Director of Strategy & Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, has a response to Sam Harris when it comes to the issue of guns:

in his recent piece on gun control, Sam Harris failed to address the two most important pieces of evidence related to that topic.

1) the evidence regarding domestic violence against women;

2) the data confirming success of gun control in other countries.

Loaded guys with loaded guns is at the heart of violence in America. Most will not be surprised that homicides by men are ten times than those committed by women.

In an ironic coincidence, Harris’s piece on gun control was published on the same day that The Violence Against Women Act was unjustly shot down in the U.S. House. Firearm assaults on female family members, and intimate acquaintances are approximately twelve times more likely to result in death than are assaults using other weapons. Two-thirds of women killed by spouses are killed with guns. This is not some minor secondary issue, yet Mr. Harris did not delve into it. It is the heart of the matter — a form of chronic and pervasive domestic terrorism.

The handgun is easily the most convenient and most common choice for the loaded man wanting a loaded gun — the combination that causes so much terror in America every single day. It is the crux of the issue. Regardless of our position on the issue, we must squarely acknowledge that America would dramatically reduce killing in general and fatal domestic violence in particular if we dramatically reduced access to handguns (which can’t be used for deer hunting).

You can read Faircloth’s full response here.

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About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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