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Scientists Confirm: Guns are Manly
guns.com ^ | 25 April, 2012 | dabneybailey

Posted on 04/26/2012 5:28:08 AM PDT by marktwain

UCLA anthropologists found that test subjects holding a handgun are significantly more terrifying than people holding tools or other objects. Are you surprised?

During the experiment, scientists asked men to hold an object, ranging from hand guns and water guns to saws and paint brushes. The anthropologist took a photograph of each hand and showed them to 600 test subjects, who were then asked to guess the approximate height and strength of the person holding the object.

Their answers confirmed what we knew all along: people who hold guns are more intimidating. On average, test subjects guessed that men with pistols were 17% taller and stronger than the weakest subject, the man holding a caulking gun (we would've guessed water gun).

The anthropologists suggest that this is a result of primordial psychology that judges the threat level of strangers based on their physical stature. As it turns out, a man holding a spear or a shotgun is more threatening than a man holding a fluffy bunny or nothing at all. Did we really need lab coats and government grants to come to this conclusion?

We find these results particularly interesting in the context of the gun debate. After all, one of the primary arguments for gun access is that criminals will be more hesitant to break the law if they think that their targets are packing heat. Thank you, UCLA, for giving scientific validity to an argument that we all already knew was correct.


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Guns amplify our defensive and offensive abilities.
1 posted on 04/26/2012 5:28:14 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

My kids’ pediatrician said if they had a piece of toast the kids would make a gun out of it


2 posted on 04/26/2012 5:29:06 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: marktwain
During the experiment, scientists asked men to hold an object...

Ummmm, errrrr. Oh, never mind.

3 posted on 04/26/2012 5:29:34 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage
During the experiment, scientists asked men to hold an object...

Ummmm, errrrr. Oh, never mind.

LOL...yeah, me too...

4 posted on 04/26/2012 5:32:05 AM PDT by moovova
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To: marktwain; Fred Nerks; Beckwith; LucyT

Their answers confirmed what we knew all along: people who hold guns are more intimidating. >>>>>>>>>>

Which is one reason to have a gun.

The more interesting question to have surveyed would have been:

” Are people most terrified of a photo of a hand holding a gun, or of a hand holding a bigger gun?”

Then we would know if size matters?

(Buahahahahahaha!)


5 posted on 04/26/2012 5:33:53 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info....http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: marktwain
Other objects can affect how manly you appear, as well...


6 posted on 04/26/2012 5:33:53 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

love it


7 posted on 04/26/2012 5:35:18 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: marktwain

8 posted on 04/26/2012 5:37:55 AM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management.)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
"Guns are manly".

Oh really now?


9 posted on 04/26/2012 5:37:55 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: marktwain
Guns are Peepeedickie

(from.....Putney Swope)

10 posted on 04/26/2012 5:38:14 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: moovova

Great minds.


11 posted on 04/26/2012 5:38:26 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: marktwain
Oh Yeah !!

My gun is bigger.


12 posted on 04/26/2012 5:42:41 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: marktwain
Scientists Confirm: Guns are Manly

So are spears, clubs, crossbows, swords, lances, axes. Just not as compact.

13 posted on 04/26/2012 5:43:55 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Joe Brower

MommyMommyMommy!!!


14 posted on 04/26/2012 5:44:23 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Joe Brower

Sure, but I bet she only looks 90% as good without the makeup.


15 posted on 04/26/2012 5:47:33 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

This is for fighting, this is for fun.


16 posted on 04/26/2012 5:47:39 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

That’s a great demonstrative collage.

Of course, being a “metro”, 0bama is the most FABULOUS representative of the left’s ideology.


17 posted on 04/26/2012 5:48:20 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB
Sure, but I bet she only looks 90% as good without the makeup.

I'm sorry, what was that? I was too busy admiring the gun. I didn't even notice her.
18 posted on 04/26/2012 5:57:35 AM PDT by crosshairs (As long as there is evil, "Coexist" is impossible.)
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To: Joe Brower
Rule #1: never put your finger in the trigger until you are ready to shoot the target.

Posing for pictures ain't it.

19 posted on 04/26/2012 5:58:17 AM PDT by John123 (US$ - I owe you nothing. Euro - Who owes you nothing.)
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To: marktwain

Scissors, paper, stone—who’d have thought a paint brush trumped a caulking gun?


20 posted on 04/26/2012 6:00:31 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: John123
Rule #1: never put your finger in the trigger until you are ready to shoot the target.

How do you know she isn't ready to shoot you? $;-)

21 posted on 04/26/2012 6:09:14 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: marktwain
Scientists Confirm: Guns are Manly

Not always.

22 posted on 04/26/2012 6:10:05 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: marktwain

That’s why I carrying when I am walking...just in case! I do have a concealed carry permit! I’ve only had to reach for it once a couple of years ago. I didn’t bring it out but the guy who stopped knew I wasn’t reaching for a piece of candy!! LOL It served it’s purpose!


23 posted on 04/26/2012 6:10:19 AM PDT by Cricket24 (NO MORE RINO'S....That means you Romney)
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To: marktwain
Not so manly:


24 posted on 04/26/2012 6:12:13 AM PDT by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: GonzoGOP
Nope.


25 posted on 04/26/2012 6:12:36 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (If we had a President, he'd look like Newt.)
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To: Future Snake Eater
My Daughter wants one of those. She's 8 years old.

I let her fire one of my EBR's and she's seen a pink Barbie AR and the Hello Kitty AR. And she wants one for her very own...

My son wants one too. He's 4. He wants his in black though.

I'm proud of my kids. ;-)

26 posted on 04/26/2012 6:19:03 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: marktwain

“Force multiplier”


27 posted on 04/26/2012 6:22:39 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: marktwain
Oh yeah.


28 posted on 04/26/2012 6:23:39 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: crosshairs

not sure, is that a sig p220?


29 posted on 04/26/2012 6:24:00 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: marktwain

???Well yeah, projectiles are always more manly than receptacles...


30 posted on 04/26/2012 6:34:52 AM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: marktwain

psyco-ologists, right behind the barristers!


31 posted on 04/26/2012 6:35:00 AM PDT by petro45acp ("Don't" read 'HOPE' by L Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman...it will bring tears to eyes. BOR!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: absolootezer0

I would have guessed 226 in .40 but you might be right.


32 posted on 04/26/2012 6:46:56 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: Joe Brower

Emily Miller is pretty sexy too and she's doing great work.

33 posted on 04/26/2012 6:50:18 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: Obama sez: "Nice little Supreme Court you got here. Shame if anything were to happen to it.")
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To: Joe Brower

She appears to be left-eye dominant.

:^)


34 posted on 04/26/2012 7:10:32 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: marktwain
Just another reason for universal open carry!
35 posted on 04/26/2012 7:14:56 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: Dead Corpse
I'm proud of my kids. ;-)

Sounds like a couple of kids who will be self-sufficient in the hard times to come. You should be proud--of them, and of how you and your wife are raising them.

36 posted on 04/26/2012 7:15:47 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: NonValueAdded
Emily Miller is pretty sexy too and she's doing great work.

She sure is, on both counts.

I like a woman with a little meat on her bones and a lot of brains in her head. Miller has gone from a woman looking out for her own safety to being a full-on advocate for the 2nd Amendment. And writes for a mainstream Washington newspaper.

37 posted on 04/26/2012 7:19:27 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (I will vote against ANY presidential candidate who had non-citizen parents.)
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To: marktwain

Gosh, what possible motive could they have for such a study?


38 posted on 04/26/2012 7:23:58 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: csmusaret
Manly? It depends on your definition of a man.


39 posted on 04/26/2012 7:26:39 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: marktwain

Your.
Tax.
Dollars.
At.
Work.

Sheesh - in other news, the sky is blue.


40 posted on 04/26/2012 7:27:18 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: marktwain

bmfl


41 posted on 04/26/2012 7:30:47 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: marktwain

What if I am holding a broadsword? Or a battle ax? Pike? Angry wolverine? I think I’d enjoy walking into the conference room of this overfed and overpaid “study group” with any of these to observe whether the effect on their bowel control was less severe than if I walked in carrying a Glock.


42 posted on 04/26/2012 7:31:06 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: backwoods-engineer
It's like swimming against the tide some days, but we both 100% sure it will be worth it.

The older two have a younger sister... 6 months. It'll be a while before we see what her firearms preferences are. ;-)

43 posted on 04/26/2012 7:31:18 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: yldstrk

I used to make tanks while in shopping carts with my mom. Ah, to be 6 years old again...


44 posted on 04/26/2012 8:21:31 AM PDT by wastedyears (There can be only one.)
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To: marktwain
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Manly? I beg to differ.

45 posted on 04/26/2012 8:37:19 AM PDT by CodeJockey (Barack 0bamacide... Destroys economies on on contact!)
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To: CodeJockey
She likes long barrels. :)
46 posted on 04/26/2012 9:11:10 AM PDT by MARKUSPRIME
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To: marktwain
As it turns out, a man holding a spear or a shotgun is more threatening than a man holding a fluffy bunny

That makes no sense. To hold something you first have to pick it up. Anyone can pick up a spear or a shotgun, but to pick up a fluffy bunny you have to be badass.


47 posted on 04/26/2012 9:55:40 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel - Horace Walpole)
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49 posted on 04/26/2012 12:06:56 PM PDT by ExSoldier (Stand up and be counted... OR LINE UP AND BE NUMBERED...)
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I'm not so sure...

50 posted on 04/26/2012 12:30:58 PM PDT by Rio
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