Word for the Day: Hoplophobia:
n. Irrational, morbid fear of guns (coined by Col. Jeff Cooper, from the Greek “hoplites,” weapon). May cause sweating, faintness, discomfort, rapid pulse, nausea, sleeplessness, more, at mere thought of guns. Hoplophobes are common and should never be involved in setting gun policies. Point out hoplophobic behavior when noticed, it is dangerous, sufferers deserve pity, and should seek treatment. When confronted, hoplophobes typically go into denial, a common characteristic of the affliction. Often helped by training, or by coaching at a range, a process known to psychiatry as “desensitization,” often useful in treating many phobias. Also: Hoplophobe, hoplophobic.
While I was at the store this week, I noticed some items scanned at a higher price than what was marked on the shelf. I had a choice. I could either not buy the items or I could ask a manager to follow me back to the shelf to verify the price. My first thought was to skip it because there was a long line of other customers behind me (and one never knows if they will remember this next election!). However, I ended up getting the manager because I knew I was correcting the price for the hundreds of others who might be in the same predicament.
The same is true with the way government regulates guns. We owe it to others who come behind us to not cower in the corner and let the bad guys run us away. This is not about whether you want to own a gun for yourself or not. It’s about standing together for our Constitutional right to bear arms. Our Founding Fathers saw firsthand what can happen when people quit fighting for what’s right. They wanted to make sure we would be able to stand against those who are seeking to harm us. There are many articles written when something bad happens because of a gun, but very few about guns saving the innocent.
Missouri recently made national news over the “Second Amendment Preservation Act of 2014”. Last year a similar bill made it to the Governor’s desk that was vetoed and was riddled with some Constitutional problems. Some of the sloppy wording and other problems were corrected this year. Yet, please realize that a good bill can become bad very quickly with amendments that may be offered at any time in the process.
The legislative branch appears to be committed to passing a better law this year, (along with its being an election year and good leverage to get votes and raise campaign contributions). To stay up on the latest developments as this bill progresses, click here:
As with all legislative efforts, we never know what will happen to a bill by the end of the session. Some bills transform from good to bad in the 11th hour, so vigilance is always appropriate until the session is over (when they pass the bills to see what is in the bills!)
What You Can Do:
1.) We all need to have the right and access to the equipment to protect ourselves. This is part of personal responsibility. By the time the police arrive, they usually fill out the paperwork after the damage is done. I am not pushing for everyone to have a gun, but if we all work for laws that safeguard our 2nd amendment rights, the world will be safer for all of us. There are several gun laws filed every year. Support the good ones: laws that enable us to protect ourselves better, creating more security and safety. Work against the bad ones: laws that add more burdensome taxes and reduce our freedom or ability to protect ourselves.
2.) Listen to our special guest, Tim Oliver, as he shares some helpful insights on how gun laws have changed over the years.
3.) Find out who the instructors are in your area and take a class. Even if you don’t want to own a gun yourself, you will learn a lot just from taking the class. If nothing else, it will help you feel more comfortable with any fears.
5.) Consider a donation to help us continue to communicate and help others find us. You can donate by sending a check to Cynthia Davis, 1008 Highway K, O’Fallon, MO 63366. We appreciate any help you can give to have a greater impact on our country.
Home Front This Week:
Are you suffering from hoplophobia? What do you think about guns? In this edition of Home Front, Tim Oliver talks with us about Hoplophobia, gun permits and the laws pertaining to where you can carry. Stay tuned as we ask probing questions and hear rock solid answers from a former law enforcement officer.
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