As has been a theme with Harris's recent writings I found that article beyond infuriating. I won't go into much detail as I'll inevitably end up posting a wall of quotes, but in brief, he mixes legitimate points and evidence in with wild emotional appeals - "Imagine being one of the people in the Houston video trapped in the office with no recourse but to hide under a desk. Would you really be relieved to know that up until that moment, your workplace had been an impeccably gun-free environment and that no one, not even your friend who did three tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, would be armed?" - including frankly bizarre links to youtube videos, as if this is all equally valid and convincing in a conversation about state policy. He also affirms various NRA talking points as being the "truth" on the basis of empirical data, somehow failing to realise that it's the interpretation and response to that data which is at issue. For someone whose career is built on being (perceived as) impeccably rational this is confusing at best. Not that it's of great surprise to me, given his long history of mixing reasonable criticisms of Islam with "either this ideology dies or we do" rhetoric reminiscent of Hitchens at his very worst, except without the latter's eloquence. It's a pity given how eminently reasonable much of what he has to say about atheism and so forth is.