Learn-Something-New-Every-Day Department: Hoplophobes
Words are such fluid things. Particularly in the English language, it seems there’s a word for any thing, condition or situation. Neologisms are made up and used. I learn of a word I’ve never known before almost every week. Hoplophobes being the latest…
You would learn that your need is even greater, because YOU are the first responders, and police are always second. You face the criminals first, in every event. Police, with all their deadly bullets only show up later. Police are the second responders. Media stories are always wrong about that. That’s what you say.
People would learn that guns are for stopping crime. Guns protect you. Guns are good. Guns keep you safe, and help you sleep quietly at night. Guns are why America is still free. And the media doesn’t want that message to get out. That’s why they only haul out the subject with horror as a backdrop. That’s what you say.
Thirteen scholarly studies show that guns are used to prevent crimes and save lives between 700,000 and 2.5 million times each year (depending on study size, time frame and other factors). You could get the book entitled “Armed,” by Kleck and Kates, and read the studies yourself. Why doesn’t the media ferret out those stories and put them on the front page? That’s what you say.
Showing the grief and tears day after day as you are doing, dear reporter, is not news, it is manipulation of we the people. It is an effort to turn people against something you as a reporter personally detest, because you are as poorly educated on the subject as many of your viewers and readers. You are so poorly informed on this subject you need counseling.
That’s what you say. Tell reporters they are acting like hoplophobes. Let them look it up.
A hoplophobe is someone who has an aversion to weapons, or more specifically the gadgetry of weapons, as in guns.
I believe I’ll enjoy use of the word in conversation as much as my discovery of another word I prefer to use in describing modern liberals: retromingent.