When Paranoia About Guns Makes People Stupid

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Paranoia is a problem in America today, especially among anti-2A people. Now, while I’m not a psychiatrist (nor do I play one on TV), I’m being completely serious about this, and I use the term in a clinical way when I say this.

Think about it.

What do paranoid people do? They get the idea in their head that someone or something is out to get them.

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What do anti-2A people do? They get the idea in their head that firearms (on their own, without help) and firearm owners are out to get them.

Of course, the fact that this isn’t true doesn’t prevent anti-2A people from feeling that way, and the stress from the paranoia causes those people to think irrationally and to jump to stupid conclusions.

What do I mean? I thought that you’d ask, so, here is information from a story from the Mohave Valley Daily News which illustrates pretty clearly how paranoia about guns really does make people stupid:

A day after a Kingman school was placed on lockdown following an unconfirmed report of a man with a firearm in the vicinity, Bullhead City police were notified by two callers of a man walking with a rifle in the area of several Bullhead City schools.

It turns out that Friday’s calls apparently were in reference to a man on Hancock Road with a walking stick, not a firearm.

The article continues:

“Police contacted him …. It turned out to be a cane,” Fromelt said. “He was released and that was that.”

I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a single time that I mistook a cane for a rifle. Not once. But people who have reached a high level of paranoia about guns obviously got it in their heads that a walking cane suddenly became a rifle, and, therefore, police needed to be involved.

How scary! How terrifying! How utterly silly.

Maybe the police did the right thing by checking on a report of a firearm (and the police certainly did the right thing by not harassing the man further), but this is simply a case where people’s paranoia made them stupid enough to mistake what was there (a cane) for something that was not there (a rifle).

And make no mistake, it’s this kind of paranoia-induced stupidity that informs the voting and calls for gun control from those people who have completely bought into the anti-2A hysteria.

Watch yourself out there. Stupid people do stupid things like this, and it could happen to you, too. Keep a cool head, and, if you haven’t already, move to an area that respects your Second Amendment rights.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. A simple way to stop gun crime is to enact a law that any crime with a gun involved for any unlawful reason leads to life in prison. Law abiding gun owners would rejoice, there would no longer be the stupid push to disarm them just to make it look like “something is being done”. Criminals would hate it, they would lose their freedom to terrorize and rob the general population. It might be expensive, but would it cost more for prisons than all the medical costs for gunshot wound treatment removed from the equation, or the psychological help needed by all the victims? Sure, the criminals would switch to knives and clubs, but those same life sentences would apply to them too. We could actually have an armed populace with no laws being broken. What a novel thought, carrying guns as spelled out in the Second Amendment, and next to no crime to go with it. There would still be strong arm robberies and assaults, some criminals are incorrigible, but overall crime rates would certainly go down. And victims could be safely armed for their own protection. Think about it.

  2. I remember a story from about two years ago where a woman called the police to report that a man had “one of those high power sniper rifles mounted on his pickup truck”. Responding police found that this “Barrett .50 Caliber Sniper Rifle” was actually a ski rack mount.
    I’ll just leave it there, since I don’t think I can say anything else that would point out how stupid the whole situation was.

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