afraid of guns…I abhor them. I used to date a guy who owned
a handgun … I made him move [his] small gun safe…to
of owning a gun made me sick to my stomach … I dreamed that
people were pointing double-barreled shotguns at me.
These are all
classic symptoms of hoplophobia, defined by author and firearms
instructor Colonel Jeff Cooper as “an unreasoning, obsessive
neurotic fear of weapons as such, usually accompanied by an irrational
feeling that weapons possess a will or consciousness for evil, apart
from the will of their user.”
of GunLaws.com further defined
the condition as that which “may cause sweating, faintness,
discomfort, rapid pulse, nausea, sleeplessness, nondescript fears
[and] more at the mere thought of guns. Presence of working firearms
may cause a panic attack.”
was exhibited by another
writer at Salon magazine a few years ago, Sallie Tisdale,
who expressed her anti-gun point of view in a vitriolic diatribe,
holding that the Second Amendment needed to be abolished, and all
weapons of any kind whatsoever be eliminated entirely.
worst nightmare, your scariest neighbor, your angriest employee
or the most frightening student at your child’s high school
loading up on ammo this weekend at a convention center near you.
It’s perfectly legal. It happens all the time, and we act
as though there is nothing we can do about it….
I am unmoved
by claims of freedom, lifestyle or privacy in this realm….
I am afraid
of guns. I am afraid of people who like guns, own guns …
I am a little scared all the time….
I no longer
want gun control. I want an absolute ban on the manufacture, sale,
possession and use of handguns … I realize there must be
exceptions. The police needs guns…