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Hoplophobia
Gunlaws.com ^ | Pelayo

Posted on 12/01/2008 7:44:08 AM PST by Pelagius of Asturias

Hoplophobia, n. Irrational, morbid fear of guns (c. 1980, coined by Col. Jeff Cooper, from the Greek hoplites, weapon; see his book Principles of Personal Defense). May cause sweating, faintness, discomfort, rapid pulse, nausea, sleeplessness, nondescript fears, more, at mere thought of guns. Presence of working firearms may cause panic attack. Hoplophobe, hoplophobic.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; control; fear; hoplophobia; irrational; latin
Hoplophobia should not be confused with hooplophobia which is an irrational fear of basketball.
1 posted on 12/01/2008 7:44:09 AM PST by Pelagius of Asturias
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To: Pelagius of Asturias

Fear this.


2 posted on 12/01/2008 7:50:04 AM PST by Walmartian
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To: Pelagius of Asturias

Hmmmm. HOPlophobia?

I used to use HOPpe’s #9 to CLEAN my guns.*

Coincidence? I think NOT!

;^)

* I say “used to” because I recently SOLD ALL MY GUNS. Leaving me with NO GUNS for the BATFE to ask me questions about... That’s right NO GUNS. None... at all...


3 posted on 12/01/2008 7:51:41 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: WayneS

Hopolophobia?

A fear of old black and white westerns?

(When the good guys were actually the good guys?)


4 posted on 12/01/2008 8:00:17 AM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Good one!


5 posted on 12/01/2008 8:03:36 AM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Pelagius of Asturias

I suffer from Hypelophoboa.

6 posted on 12/01/2008 8:05:38 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Pelagius of Asturias

The hoplos was the Greek hoplite’s shield, the most distinctive part of his armament, and perhaps the only part other than a spear affordable by the poorest members of the phalanx. The hoplites were “shieldmen.”

It seems odd to name a fear of guns after a defensive weapon.


7 posted on 12/01/2008 8:06:24 AM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: WayneS
"That’s right NO GUNS."

Hey, thanks, Wayne. I just discovered that my house is "gun free" as well.

Got these here nifty gift certificates for 'em.

Going to buy me some environmentally-friendly and ethnically-diverse "Winter Solstace" gifts for the homeless people.

Yea, that's it.

8 posted on 12/01/2008 8:22:55 AM PST by Designer (We are SO scrood!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Fear of Jump Ropes?


9 posted on 12/01/2008 8:23:50 AM PST by dblshot
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To: Sherman Logan
"..a defensive weapon."

Which, as everyone here knows; handguns are fundamentally defensive weapons.

10 posted on 12/01/2008 8:24:57 AM PST by Designer (We are SO scrood!)
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To: Designer
handguns are fundamentally defensive weapons.

Good try, but no cigar.

Firearms are by definition an offensive weapon.

Their use in defense is based on the (accurate) assumption that the best defense is a good offense.

11 posted on 12/01/2008 8:29:38 AM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Designer
handguns are fundamentally defensive weapons.

OTOH, I must agree that the handgun would not generally be the weapon of choice for an intelligent person when planning an attack.

It is defensive in that it is more likely to be readily available when defense is needed.

12 posted on 12/01/2008 8:32:47 AM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Likewise, all of my firearms are assault weapons, even my single shot guns.


13 posted on 12/01/2008 8:37:44 AM PST by umgud (I'm really happy I wasn't aborted)
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To: Pelagius of Asturias
όπλο- oplo (pronounced OH-plo)is the Greek word for weapon. Any kind of weapon.

So therefore Hoplophobia is correctly a fear of weapons in general, not just guns. Even today privates in the Greek army are called όπλιτεσ or (H)oplites (pronounced OH-plee-tess.

I don't know why the "H" is added in English. There is no letter H in Greek, nor is there an H sound. For instance, Hippopotamus in Greek is pronounced "ee-po-PO-ta-mos", a combination of the Greek words ippo meaning under and potamos meaning river

14 posted on 12/01/2008 9:38:08 AM PST by Yankee
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To: Sherman Logan
"Firearms are by definition an offensive weapon."

Firearms are tools. (period, end of sentence)

How those tools are used dictates the adjective.

15 posted on 12/01/2008 10:21:08 AM PST by Designer (We are SO scrood!)
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To: Yankee
I don't know why the "H" is added in English. There is no letter H in Greek, nor is there an H sound. For instance, Hippopotamus in Greek is pronounced "ee-po-PO-ta-mos", a combination of the Greek words ippo meaning under and potamos meaning river

Greek uses a diacritical marker (') at the beginning of a word to show rough breathing, as it is called. The phonetic segment [h] exists, however, there is no letter to represent it.

Words which begin with rho [r] also use this same marker. The sound complex is [hr].

16 posted on 12/01/2008 12:15:40 PM PST by nonsporting
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To: Designer

Almost anything can be a weapon, most definitely including various parts of the human body.

However, some tools have been very precisely developed to be highly useful for damaging animals and other humans. As a short-hand way of expressing this trait, they are commonly referred to as weapons.

While guns are tools, few have much utility other than as weapons.


17 posted on 12/01/2008 12:40:58 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Sherman Logan

Weapons are force multipliers that allow the physically inferior to not be coerced by the physically superior.

IE, it’s a tool for social equality.


18 posted on 12/01/2008 12:42:35 PM PST by MrB (The 0bamanation: Marxism, Infanticide, Appeasement, Depression, Thuggery, and Censorship)
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To: MrB

I don’t disagree.

Weapons are a sub-class of tools. As with all tools, they can be used for good or evil.

Actually, prior to the advent of easily used firearms, weapons provided little additional advantage to the physically inferior. A physically inferior person with a sword will generally die about as quickly up against a physically superior swordsman, as he would against the same guy with both of them unarmed.

Firearms changed this. As, to a lesser extent, did the longbow.


19 posted on 12/01/2008 12:48:31 PM PST by Sherman Logan (Everyone has a right to his own opinion, but not to his own facts.)
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To: Pelagius of Asturias

Obamaphobia...the fear of having a marxist, muslim, Kenyan, gun-grabbing, abortion-loving, black empowerment church attendin’ , America hatin’, panty waste wimp, as the usurper president with occupation of the White House set to start Jan 20, 2009. Hang on, it’s going to be a dangerous time for us all.


20 posted on 12/01/2008 2:10:56 PM PST by TheConservativeParty ("A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not why the ship was built." by The First Gal of AK)
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To: nonsporting
There is no diacritical marker at the beginning of the word “oplo”, at least not in modern Greek. I do not have knowledge of ancient Greek. (my parents and grandparents were not that old. LOL).

In modern Greek there is no “h” sound as in in the English words “house” or “happy”.

There is as you say, in modern Greek the “rough breath” sound as in the word “hriso” meaning gold, “hara” meaning joy and “htapodi” meaning octopus but these words begin with the letter “chi”, a character that resembles the English letter X.

Still the modern Greek word for weapon is pronounced O-plo and the word for hippopotamus is pronounced ee-po-PO-ta-mos.

No “rough breath” sound in these words at all.

If you are speaking of ancient Greek, then I defer to your knowledge.

21 posted on 12/02/2008 10:15:58 AM PST by Yankee
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To: Yankee

I was refering to ancient Greek (classical Attic and Koine). I believe, when Cooper coined his term (hoplophobia), he was using ancient Greek constituents.

There has been significant phonological change in the language and I, likewise, defer to your knowledge of modern Greek.

So, you are Greek. Opa!


22 posted on 12/02/2008 10:40:41 AM PST by nonsporting
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To: Yankee
I screwed up the derivation of of the word hippopotamus. Ippos was the ancient Greek word for horse, so ee-po-PO-ta-mos means “horse (of the) river” not "under the river" as I mistakenly said above.

I confused Ippo for the modern Greek word for "under" or "beneath" which is also pronounced "ee-PO". It is where the English prefix hypo comes from as in hypodermic (under the skin).

23 posted on 12/02/2008 10:48:13 AM PST by Yankee
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To: nonsporting

Greek heritage, second generation American. All four grandparents came from Greece beginning in 1917.

Yia sou file.

(To your health friend)


24 posted on 12/02/2008 10:52:45 AM PST by Yankee
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To: WayneS

Actually I’ve seen a lot of AR’s being sold by private sales at gun shows lately.

It would seem like a lot of people bought some as an investment early in the year and are now selling them off.

If that’s all they had.. they may need to buy some more later on when needed.


25 posted on 09/03/2009 5:32:46 AM PDT by Voice of Reason88 (Leftists have a real special kind of STUPIDITY)
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To: Voice of Reason88

It’s that time honored tradition. Buy high and sell low.


26 posted on 09/03/2009 6:28:28 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA /Patron - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: martin_fierro

Hope-lophobia

27 posted on 09/03/2009 6:32:16 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

pw3nd... ;-)


28 posted on 09/03/2009 6:42:52 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (III)
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To: Pelagius of Asturias
Hoplophobia should not be confused with hooplophobia which is an irrational fear of basketball.

From which I've unaccountably been suffering from for the last seven months.

29 posted on 09/03/2009 7:50:11 AM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: Shooter 2.5

That’s usually not how that is supposed to work. The point really is that the records are going to show people buying a lot of guns – some early this year or before, and some later on.

Having sold some of those guns privately earlier this year and buying more, the records are going to be inaccurate.


30 posted on 09/03/2009 9:30:45 AM PDT by TylerA
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Note: this topic was posted 12/1/2008. Thanks Pelagius of Asturias.

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