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The anti-gun male
Julia Gorin

Posted on 01/30/2006 10:00:41 AM PST by Jotmo

LET'S be honest. He's scared of the thing. That's understandable--so am I. But as a girl I have the luxury of being able to admit it. I don't have to masquerade squeamishness as grand principle-in the interest of mankind, no less.

A man does. He has to say things like "One Taniqua Hall is one too many," as a New York radio talk show host did in referring to the 9-year old New York girl who was accidentally shot last year by her 12-year old cousin playing with his uncle's gun. But the truth is he desperately needs Taniqua Hall, just like he needs as many Columbines and Santees as can be mustered, until they spell an end to the Second Amendment. And not for the benefit of the masses, but for the benefit of his self-esteem.

He often accuses men with guns of "compensating for something." The truth is quite the reverse. After all, how is he supposed to feel knowing there are men out there who aren't intimidated by the big bad inanimate villain? How is he to feel in the face of adolescent boys who have used the family gun effectively in defending the family from an armed intruder? So if he can't touch a gun, he doesn't want other men to be able to either. And to achieve his ends, he'll use the only weapon he knows how to manipulate: the law.

Of course, sexual and psychological insecurities don't account for ALL men against guns. Certainly there must be some whose motives are pure, who perhaps do care so much as to tirelessly look for policy solutions to teenage void and aggressiveness, and to parent and teacher negligence. But for a potentially large underlying contributor, psycho-sexual inadequacy has gone unexplored and unacknowledged. It's one thing to not be comfortable with a firearm and therefore opt to not keep or bear one. But it's another to impose the same handicap onto others.

People are suspicious of what they do not know-and not only does this man not know how to use a gun, he doesn't know the men who do, or the number of people who have successfully used one to defend themselves from injury or death. But he is better left in the dark; his life is hard enough knowing there are men out there who don't sit cross-legged. That they're able to handle a firearm instead of being handled by it would be too much to bear.

Such a man is also best kept huddled in urban centers, where he feels safer than he might if thrown out on his own into a rural setting, in an isolated house on a quiet street where he would feel naked and helpless. Lacking the confidence that would permit him to be sequestered in sparseness, and lacking a gun, he finds comfort in the cloister of crowds.

The very ownership of a gun for defense of home and family implies some assertiveness and a certain self-reliance. But if our man kept a gun in the house, and an intruder broke in and started attacking his wife in front of him, he wouldn't be able to later say, "He had a knife--there was nothing I could do!" Passively watching in horror while already trying to make peace with the violent act, scheduling a therapy session and forgiving the perpetrator before the attack is even finished wouldn't be the option it otherwise is.

No. Better to emasculate all men. Because let's face it: He's a lover, not a fighter. And he doesn't want to get shot in case he has an affair with your wife.

Of course, it wouldn't be completely honest not to admit that owning a firearm carries with it some risk to unintended targets. That's the tradeoff with a gun: The right to defend one's life and way of life isn't without peril to oneself. And the last thing this man wants to do is risk his life-if even to save it. For he is guided by a dread fear for his life, and has more confidence in almost anyone else's ability to protect him than his own, preferring to place himself at the mercy of the villain or in the sporadically competent hands of authorities (his line of defense consisting of locks, alarm systems, reasoning with the attacker, calling the police or, should fighting back occur to him, thrashing a heavy vase).

In short, he is a man begging for subjugation. He longs for its promise of equality in helplessness. Because only when that strange, independent alpha breed of male is helpless along with him will he feel adequate. Indeed, his freedom lies in this other man's containment.


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1 posted on 01/30/2006 10:00:42 AM PST by Jotmo
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To: Jotmo
--Of course, sexual and psychological insecurities don't account for ALL men against guns.--

--hilarious--

2 posted on 01/30/2006 10:02:55 AM PST by rellimpank (Don't believe anything about firearms or explosives stated by the mass media---NRABenefactor)
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To: Jotmo

good article!

btw I have a few guns...just saying.


3 posted on 01/30/2006 10:03:21 AM PST by Gator101
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To: humblegunner; Eaker; Flyer; stevie_d_64; Leapfrog; BurFred

I have a feeling y'all might have some interesting comments here...


4 posted on 01/30/2006 10:05:43 AM PST by Allegra (You Won't Find the Meaning of Life in This Tagline....at Least Not Today.)
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To: Jotmo

Perfect description of the liberal metrosexaul male


5 posted on 01/30/2006 10:05:56 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: GregoTX; Texas WOP; PoorMuttly; Squantos

btt


6 posted on 01/30/2006 10:07:31 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: Jotmo; Hap; Xenalyte; Allegra; humblegunner

POW! Great article!


7 posted on 01/30/2006 10:08:49 AM PST by Bacon Man (It's like a koala bear crapped a rainbow in my brain!)
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To: Jotmo

From April, 2002.

How about a link & a published on date?


8 posted on 01/30/2006 10:09:19 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: apackof2

The wonderful thing about America is that each and every man (yes I said MAN) in this country should know how to use a gun, it's just that in America we don't need to have them in our Home. I know how to use one and I am not afraid to do so to defend my Family.


9 posted on 01/30/2006 10:11:28 AM PST by Shady
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To: Jotmo
a very small sample of my collection.... But ladies, please!!...I am happily married.
10 posted on 01/30/2006 10:12:10 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: JoeSixPack1

Yeah, Joe--who is this Gorin gal?


11 posted on 01/30/2006 10:12:49 AM PST by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment--buy another gun today!)
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To: Shady
The wonderful thing about America is that each and every man (yes I said MAN) in this country should know how to use a gun

The wonderful thing about America is not that we should but that we CAN

12 posted on 01/30/2006 10:13:51 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: JoeSixPack1
http://www.jewishworldreview.com/julia/gorin030802.asp

March 8, 2002.

Still good though.

13 posted on 01/30/2006 10:15:37 AM PST by Jotmo ("Voon", said the mattress.)
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To: basil; JoeSixPack1
Julia Gorin Blog

I assume

14 posted on 01/30/2006 10:15:58 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: basil

Part time stand up comic & does a nice column at the Jewish World Review. Has a blog too. Don't know much else.


15 posted on 01/30/2006 10:16:22 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: Jotmo

The childish unwillingness to defend yourself or your family in the dead of night with a weapon is a rejection of the second most important duty of a man. The first is to be spiritual leader of one's family.

I pity those young ladies who've nothing to find for a husband other than this type of man who suffers from arrested deveopment. Come to Texas.


16 posted on 01/30/2006 10:17:13 AM PST by TexanToTheCore (Rock the pews, Baby)
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To: Jotmo

Thanks. I was trying to find this as dated today and got puzzled. :-)


17 posted on 01/30/2006 10:17:23 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: apackof2

Thank you. :)


18 posted on 01/30/2006 10:19:02 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: Vaquero
I teach the shooting sports to kids all the time. Usually half of my students are girls and they do very well.
We'll have to bring in more helpers and increase the number of students so we can help keep up with the tide of ignorance.
If you think the guns are scary how about a silenced weapon that is nearly 100% fatal at 50 yards when in well trained hands. A weapon that is not traceable, not registered, and the ammunition can be purchased or manufactured with no age check of any kind. We start training these kids at nine years old and by the time they are 13 they are fully capable of taking big game with their compound bows. We have two local programs going right now with well over a hundred and fifty kids being trained in this deadly art. The Boy Scouts and 4H both have archery programs. At least 50% of the kids who shoot in 4H are girls.
19 posted on 01/30/2006 10:23:13 AM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: Allegra; humblegunner; Eaker; Flyer; stevie_d_64; BurFred; Dashing Dasher
Teach your children well.


20 posted on 01/30/2006 10:23:30 AM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: apackof2
See also Jeffrey Snyder's A Nation of Cowards.
21 posted on 01/30/2006 10:23:57 AM PST by Grut
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To: Vaquero

Excellent. I like those grips.


22 posted on 01/30/2006 10:25:40 AM PST by bereanway
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To: Jotmo
He often accuses men with guns of "compensating for something."

you're only compensating for something if you're carrying a BFR or a raging bull as your daily carry gun.
23 posted on 01/30/2006 10:26:27 AM PST by absolootezer0 ("My God, why have you forsaken us.. no wait, its the liberals that have forsaken you... my bad")
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To: Grut

Thanks, bookmarked for a later read


24 posted on 01/30/2006 10:27:28 AM PST by apackof2 (You can stand me up at the gates of hell, I'll stand my ground and I won’t back down)
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To: Shady
it's just that in America we don't need to have them in our Home

And where exactly should they be? The garage would be a long way to go if someone broke in. The home is the best place for guns. Guns require responsibility in more ways than one. First owning a gun means your the first line of defense for your family and home. But owning a gun also means your responsible for its safe keeping, meaning that anywhere other than your home is unsafe. Unless of course your in an area that having another one also in the garage or barn is warranted.
25 posted on 01/30/2006 10:31:34 AM PST by mountn man (Everyone brings joy into a room. Some when they enter. Others when they leave)
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To: bereanway

Thanks....They are Elk antler......got em from

http://eaglegrips.com/materials.htm


26 posted on 01/30/2006 10:32:08 AM PST by Vaquero (time again for the Crusades.)
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To: Travis McGee; Joe Brower; Mr. Mojo; DaveLoneRanger

you guys gotta see this


27 posted on 01/30/2006 10:33:01 AM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Jotmo
Alec Baldwin, DrewBarrymore, Kevin Bacon, David Arquette, George Clooney, Billy Crystal, David Duchovny, Michael Douglas, MichaelGross, Dustin Hoffman, Mike Myers, Rob Reiner, Tim Robbins, Jerry Seinfeld...
28 posted on 01/30/2006 10:33:13 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: Jotmo
Working in liberal New York City I run across this sort of 'male' all the time. Nice guys, but almost like women. Men need to be men; not 'males'.

". It's one thing to not be comfortable with a firearm and therefore opt to not keep or bear one."

I disagree here. In order to exercise one's right to keep and bear arms, one must actually keep and bear arms. I know in some locales it's difficult. Carrying in NJ (unless you're blowing a judge) is damn near impossible.

29 posted on 01/30/2006 10:33:52 AM PST by jjm2111
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To: Jotmo
In short, he is a man begging for subjugation. He longs for its promise of equality in helplessness. Because only when that strange, independent alpha breed of male is helpless along with him will he feel adequate. Indeed, his freedom lies in this other man's containment.

The small-souled, neutered Left in a nutshell.

30 posted on 01/30/2006 10:33:55 AM PST by Noumenon (Liberal activist judges - out of touch, out of tune, but not out of reach.)
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To: Jotmo
He's a lover, not a fighter.

The only person this type of male loves intensely is himself. He plans on living forever and fears anything that has the power to end his existence.

31 posted on 01/30/2006 10:34:25 AM PST by Reeses
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To: mountn man

Evern notice how we try and make four letter words for things we try to get people to hate?

Guns is the perfect example. We no longer call them pistols or rifles or weapons as they denote a tool or a word deserving respect now those that hate them call them four letter words.


32 posted on 01/30/2006 10:35:14 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Michael Goldsberry

Irresponsible photographer or photoshopped image. Even if the rounds were added to the pic, he's breaking the rule of pointing the weapon.

But, perhaps the camera was set up on a tripod.


33 posted on 01/30/2006 10:37:32 AM PST by jjm2111
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To: absolootezer0

Special exception should be made for *really* big guys.

I have a Marine friend who's 6'6", 290, no body fat. Anything less than a Desert Eagle or BFR looks like a child's toy in his hands. He's big enough to conceal a BFR, too.


34 posted on 01/30/2006 10:37:39 AM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: mountn man

The unasked and unanswered question is this: to whom does your life belong? To answer that your life belongs to you is to admit to all of the consequences and corollaries of that decision. This is what the moral modgets and craven cowards on the Left fear: personal responsibility and everything that comes with it.

Any other answer to that question opens the gates of hell.


35 posted on 01/30/2006 10:38:03 AM PST by Noumenon (Liberal activist judges - out of touch, out of tune, but not out of reach.)
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To: jjm2111

and the kid in the picture has his trigger finger outside the trigger guard. I'm also assuming that the safety is on.


36 posted on 01/30/2006 10:42:37 AM PST by acad1228
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To: jjm2111
he's breaking the rule of pointing the weapon.

Primary rule: His finger is not on the trigger.

37 posted on 01/30/2006 10:43:12 AM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: Michael Goldsberry

Man, I certainly hope the photographer was smart enough to photoshop those hollowpoints in. Otherwise, that photograph shows the worst irresponsibility toward gun safety in many ways.

Pointed at a target not intending to kill.
Finger on the trigger
A gun big enough to knock junior flat on his butt for starters


38 posted on 01/30/2006 10:44:24 AM PST by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: Vaquero

Who does your grip work?


39 posted on 01/30/2006 10:46:51 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: cyclotic

Sorry, I stand corrected, finger not on trigger. Bad photo anyway though.


40 posted on 01/30/2006 10:47:36 AM PST by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: Vaquero

Thanks


41 posted on 01/30/2006 10:47:56 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Vaquero

Thanks for the link!


42 posted on 01/30/2006 10:49:47 AM PST by bereanway
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To: cyclotic
Finger on the trigger

Look again.

43 posted on 01/30/2006 10:50:45 AM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: Michael Goldsberry; acad1228

But unless that camera was on a tripod on timer, the kid STILL pointing the weapon at a person he does NOT intend to shoot. Bad judgement.


44 posted on 01/30/2006 10:50:47 AM PST by jjm2111
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To: jjm2111

Okay, the camera was on a tripod.


45 posted on 01/30/2006 10:52:09 AM PST by Michael Goldsberry (Lt. Bruce C. Fryar USN 01-02-70 Laos)
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To: Michael Goldsberry
Great Scott!

Please tell me that the camera was on a tripod, and that you don't mind having a .38 cal hole punched in your camera, and that there was some sort of backstop behind the camera.

46 posted on 01/30/2006 10:52:14 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Michael Goldsberry

see #40


47 posted on 01/30/2006 10:52:29 AM PST by cyclotic (Cub Scouts-Teach 'em young to be men, and politically incorrect in the process)
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To: Jotmo

I'll be thinking about this article this evening as I sit at my workbench in my basement garage re-loading some cartridges for my .45 Colt Vaquero, and my wife and son sit safely unpstairs in our secluded rural home.


48 posted on 01/30/2006 10:53:50 AM PST by WayneS (Follow the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Michael Goldsberry

You're right. From my view the finger appears to be outside the guard.


49 posted on 01/30/2006 10:55:33 AM PST by bereanway
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To: Jotmo
Several years ago I spent a weekend with a college friend. She is married to a New York Liberal. Talk turned to guns and he said no one should be allowed to own a gun. As an NRA member, I disagreed. He then stated the Left's real reason for gun banning:

"If I had a gun I'd kill some people I know. I mean that literally. I hate them so much that I'd shoot them. That's why no one should be allowed to have a gun. I'd kill some people I know."

As Dave Barry would say, "I am not making this up." This is the Liberal argument: they are so vile and hateful that gun control is necessary to keep them from killing people they don't like.

50 posted on 01/30/2006 10:55:35 AM PST by pabianice
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