It is my firm conviction that man has nothing to gain, emotionally or otherwise, by adhering to a falsehood, regardless of how comfortable or sacred that falsehood may appear. Anyone who claims, on the one hand, that he is concerned with human welfare, and who demands, on the other hand, that man must suspend or renounce the use of his reason, is contradicting himself. There can be no knowledge of what is good for man apart from knowledge of reality and human nature-and there is no manner in which this knowledge can be acquired except through reason. To advocate irrationality is to advocate that which is destructive to human life.
George H. Smith
From: Atheism: The Case Against God
[I regard gun control and socialism as religions. They are faith based and ignore factual data. Understanding the psychology of religiosity is useful in understanding the psychology of the anti-freedom crowd.–Joe]