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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Hoplophobia - the New Word for the Day

It goes without saying that the events in Newtown, CT are horrible and there has to be some sort of effort to head off future mass shootings.  One short-term consideration is arming teachers.  Will return to that another time, though.  In the meantime, an important clarification.

Haplophobia is the irrational fear of weapons, specifically guns.

Here is a useful link.  Hoplophobia

I am sure that pointing this out to individual Hoplophobes will cause some consternation on their part (and a bit of glee on yours).

Here is a useful passage from the link above.

"The opponents of gun rights come in four fundamental categories:

Utopian Idealists - Dreamers willing to ignore human nature (anger, hostility, temper, greed, lust, hunger, poverty, want, megalomania, social pathologies, etc.) in the vain hope for a world where no one ever needs to defend themselves or others; Result: misguided efforts to disarm the public since no one should ever be capable of exerting lethal force for any reason. Fairly rare.

Routine Bigots - Ignorant gun haters who, generally, have never actually seen a real gun much less fired one, and hate what they don’t know; strong corollaries with race haters; Result: Vigorous anti-rights profile if left alone, however they often resolve their blind hatred when education removes the ignorance -- frequent anecdotes of such folks “converting” after their first time at a range. Quite common.

Hoplophobes -- Unfortunate souls afflicted with a phobic terror of firearms, deserving of pity, and in need of medical attention; Result: Though they should never be involved in setting policy on self defense, national security, or Second Amendment rights, they often insinuate [sic] themselves into such positions, their need for treatment goes unattended, and they cause grevious social harm. Easily mistaken for plain bigots. Too common.

Power Mongers - Like some at the U.N or many anti-gun-rights politicians, they know full well that an armed public interferes with their plans, and they insidiously use lies about the gun issue, and “disarmament (of you but not them) as a road to peace” as a power base and source of support; Result: truly evil, tyrannts [sic] who ultimately suppress human rights, contribute to global genocides, live an elite lifestyle, care not for their fellow citizens. Rare but extremely dangerous.

[A little side rant - I think the terms "gun rights" and "gun lobby" are misnomers, as guns are inanimate objects.  I think the better term would be "self-defense rights" and "self-defense lobby".]

[Another side rant - "...they often insinuate themselves into such positions..."  I think the proper word is "insert".]

Don't want to "overcook it" on the first day back...Later ya'll.

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