Dr. Jai Maharaj
2018-08-07 05:22:30 UTC
The irrational fear of firearms
Yeoman Tell, yeomantell.com
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Federal Appeals Court Judge James Ho chose to use an
interesting word in his July 20, 2018 dissent. It's not in
most dictionaries. It sounds like a clinical diagnosis. And
it concisely captures the essence of modern resistance to
American gun rights. Reporting on the case, Hank Berrien of
the Daily Wire explained that hoplophobia is "an irrational
aversion to weapons."
Retired Marine Colonel Jeff Cooper (1920-2006), well-known
as an expert on the use and history of firearms, coined the
term "hoplophobia" in 1962. Combining two Greek words
meaning "arms" and "fear," he sought to shift the focus of
gun policy debates from behavior to motivation.
Hoplophobia, then, expresses possibly why someone might
oppose Second Amendment rights, even when presented with
calm, rational information to the contrary.
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi