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The Anti-Gun Male
Jewish World Review ^ | 3/08/2002 | Julia Gorin

Posted on 06/17/2002 7:53:26 AM PDT by garibaldi

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.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: banglist
This is from March, but I searched and didn't find it posted before.
1 posted on 06/17/2002 7:53:26 AM PDT by garibaldi
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To: garibaldi
If guns are penis symbols, and psychologically extend a man's power, what does that say about those "men" who are gun-phobic? And what does it say about the women who turn away from guns in disgust?

"Calling Dr. Freud, calling Dr. Freud. See patients Chuck Schumer and Diane Feinstein in Triage."

2 posted on 06/17/2002 7:59:38 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack
"If guns are penis symbols, and psychologically extend a man's power, what does that say about those "men" who are gun-phobic?"

Brainwashed with the flakier recent versions of feminism.

Is it "coincidence" that the only regions of the U.S. where male European-Americans support gun control are also the regions where flaky recent versions of feminism are the norm - NYC, coastal Kalifornia, urban Midwest?

Scandals of antigun politicians - with how-to guide for "outing!"

3 posted on 06/17/2002 8:06:48 AM PDT by glc1173@aol.com
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To: garibaldi
This is one of Miss Gorin's best pieces. I'm pleased to see it here, and puzzled that no one had posted it before.

Joseph Sobran used to offer his anti-gun acquaintances window stickers that said:

PLEASE NOTE:
This Is A Gun-Free Household

No one ever took one from him. I wonder why?

Freedom, Wealth, and Peace,
Francis W. Porretto
Visit The Palace Of Reason: http://palaceofreason.com

4 posted on 06/17/2002 8:08:51 AM PDT by fporretto
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To: garibaldi
? 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.

Yep. He's a sissy, but won't admit it. To be "fair", all men must become sissys. It's politically correct.

5 posted on 06/17/2002 8:12:08 AM PDT by concerned about politics
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To: garibaldi
An apt metaphor for liberals in general, wanting to bring equality to all in helplessness and mediocrity. All but themselves, of course.

For he is guided by a dread fear for his life,......

Perhaps that is the rub, and I know many like that, not having reached an accomidation with death. Until one does, the fear of death dominates all actions and emotions, turning one in on himself as the only important existence. All else is threat.

6 posted on 06/17/2002 8:13:15 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot
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To: concerned about politics
I am sorry but I must disagree. Sissy went out in the 80"s. All men now are expected to be pussies.
7 posted on 06/17/2002 8:15:49 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: garibaldi
I call it The Jerry Seinfeld Syndrome: urban cowards, huddled together in fear of everything -- cooks, cabbies, delivery men, elevator operators -- everything. Fearful, small, cringing excuses for people. And the thought that there are those of us who are not cowards enrages them beyond reason. We MUST NOT HAVE GUNS!
8 posted on 06/17/2002 8:24:27 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: garibaldi
The anti-gun male, I think, is much like the draft dodgers of the Vietnam war era. The truth hurts but there are three reasons for a man the likes of a Clinton (anti-gun, draft dodger)

1. Afraid to die, but more than average. These men are in serious doubt of their ability to survive war combat or self defense combat.They are really scared and they can't help it.

2. Afraid of Basic Training. The Hollywood version of BCT (Basic Combat Training) scares the h*ll out them. Forced marches, bayonet training, live fire exercises, getting up at 4:00AM scares these men. They doubt they can make it. *

.3 Lack of status. These men were treated like officer class at home. They were mommy'd. To wind up in the army as a buck private is probably the worst immediate fear of all. To police the latrine with the rest of the masses. Bill's momma did not raise Bill to be in a latrine detail, but to be in charge of the latrine detail. These people wanted to go directly in with the rank of Captain and determine tactics though observe combat from a safe distance.

*(who among us that have gone through BCT and have survived these years in decent health, would not go through those eight weeks again, and laughingly know it was really a piece of cake)

9 posted on 06/17/2002 8:39:56 AM PDT by elbucko
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To: garibaldi
"He often accuses men with guns of "compensating for something."

That's true. Compensating for not being born with legs fast enough to out-run a bullet. I'd rather fight than 'swish.'

10 posted on 06/17/2002 8:40:08 AM PDT by Eastbound
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To: fporretto
I use a similar tactic. . . We had a neighbor who hit us up with the "Just Ask" campaign last year. We responded with a big, bright yellow sign for their front yard. "This home PROUDLY Gun-Free". If they'd leave it on their front lawn for a week, we'd answer as to whether we were armed or not.

They declined the opportunity. . .

11 posted on 06/17/2002 8:49:31 AM PDT by Salgak
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To: bang_list
Bang
12 posted on 06/17/2002 8:58:22 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: Salgak
Re: "gun free" sign:

Really? I have heard this discussed in the abstract, but never enacted.

13 posted on 06/17/2002 9:04:42 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed
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To: garibaldi
So if he can't touch a gun, he doesn't want other men to be able to either.

"life is hard enough knowing there are men out there who don't sit cross-legged.

"this man does not know how to use a gun, he doesn't know the men who do,..

"he doesn't want to get shot in case he has an affair with your wife.

In short, he is a man begging for subjugation...his freedom lies in this other man's containment.

The real and ugly truth of gun control. It is a Neville Chamberlain movement.

Great posting, garibaldi.

14 posted on 06/17/2002 9:04:51 AM PDT by elbucko
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To: garibaldi; marcleblanc
I know people who don't like guns and I don't blame them. It's a difficult sport to master and not the most comfortable sport to enjoy. However, I do have a dislike for people who know nothing about the objects trying to claim to be an expert. That goes for the so-called experts in any field. One person can spend thirty years on the subject and another can sit down and read an article and claim to know more than the devotee.
15 posted on 06/17/2002 9:22:17 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: garibaldi
Statistics show that most fatal accidents(which occur at home)take place in the bathroom.I don't want ONE MORE FATAL ACCIDENT TO OCCUR,THEREFOR I AM GOING TO GET THE GOVERNMENT TO BAN ALL VISITS TO THE BATHROOM!!This sounds pretty stupid,RIGHT???
16 posted on 06/17/2002 9:29:40 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: fporretto
Has anyone yet taken him up on his offer?Where does(did)he live??
17 posted on 06/17/2002 9:31:52 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: concerned about politics
I'll Bet That There is SOMETHING he doesn't know how to MANipulate!!
18 posted on 06/17/2002 9:33:18 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: pabianice
Not To Mention"Soup-Nazis"!!
19 posted on 06/17/2002 9:34:32 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Beelzebubba
I have one, primarily to shut up gun-grabbers. It's painted on the back of an old "Oliver North for Senate" sign, which infuriates liberals even more. . .
20 posted on 06/17/2002 9:34:54 AM PDT by Salgak
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To: fporretto

Is this what you had in mind?
21 posted on 06/17/2002 9:40:08 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: Shooter 2.5
How much ya' charging for a 4'x6' placard?
22 posted on 06/17/2002 10:02:09 AM PDT by Maelstrom
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To: elbucko
<"life is hard enough knowing there are men out there who don't sit cross-legged.

I'll never understand how these sissy men can sit with their legs crossed over the knee like a girl can do it. I tried it one time just to see and it actually hurt to do it.

23 posted on 06/17/2002 10:27:22 AM PDT by Intimidator
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To: garibaldi
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.

Either that, or he's just pretending to be anti-gun so he can go to the meetings/rallys and pick up clueless, gullible women.

24 posted on 06/17/2002 10:36:02 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Intimidator
The difficult position is sitting cross legged on the ground. It took me a while to learn how to do that so I can score better in the rapid sitting position in High Power Rifle. After I learned how, I have been scoring 98's out of 100.
25 posted on 06/17/2002 11:46:29 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: tacticalogic
Either that, or he's just pretending to be anti-gun so he can go to the meetings/rallys and pick up clueless, gullible women.
Bleagh. Nuts to that. I'd rather find me an SAS babe. :)
26 posted on 06/17/2002 3:55:36 PM PDT by Tony in Hawaii
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To: Tony in Hawaii
Bleagh. Nuts to that. I'd rather find me an SAS babe. :)

I realize it's a disgusting idea, but not nearly as disgusting as the thought that these guys might actually be died-in-the-wool, Koolaid drinking gun grabbers. Just trying to look on the bright side.

27 posted on 06/17/2002 4:08:38 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: Lazamataz
BUMP!
28 posted on 06/17/2002 4:12:23 PM PDT by Cool Guy
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To: garibaldi
Men who are afraid of guns are Nancy-boys.
29 posted on 06/17/2002 4:15:48 PM PDT by MistrX
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To: Eastbound
Compensating for not being born with legs fast enough to out-run a bullet. I'd rather fight than 'swish.'

,,, "there's nothing more exhilarating than being shot at, without result" - Winston Churchill.

30 posted on 06/17/2002 4:28:26 PM PDT by shaggy eel
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To: garibaldi
The Anti-Gun Male

A long-cogitated thought...

I only saw the movie Deliverance recently. For a long time I had heard about it, and was puzzled at the viceral terror expressed by many men who have seen it. Somehow it seemed the one true horror film for men. Just mention the title, or sing a few a few notes from Deuling Banjos, and watch swaggering officemates shudder in abject fear.

I finally rented & watched it. Yes, it is disturbing - deeply so to the male psyche. But I noticed a difference between myself, the pro-gun male, and the anti-gun males: seems they identified themselves with the buggery victims, helpless and humiliated...while I identified with the Redford character and his "just shoot the b@st@ards" attitude.

Though "gun nuts" may often be maligned by the anti-gun males, 'tis interesting to note the different reactions to Deliverance. Which would you rather be, or want around, when predators pick you? Anti-gun "call 911"? or "front sight, press"?

31 posted on 06/18/2002 9:32:04 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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