hoplophobia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Firearms authority and writer Colonel Jeff Cooper claims he coined the word in 1962: hoplo- ‎(weapon, arms) +‎ -phobia ‎(fear).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌhɒpləˈfəʊbɪə/

Noun[edit]

hoplophobia ‎(uncountable)

  1. (rare) The fear of guns.
    • 1979: United States House of Representatives: Firearms Legislation: Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Ninety-fourth Congress, First Session, Part 7, page 2529 [1]
      Gun control laws are proposed to control three basic areas: Crime, accidental shootings, and to calm those suffering from hoplophobia — these people generally align themselves with the first two so I won’t even consider that category.
    • 1998: Bob Knauer, in alt.nuke.europe, soc.culture.scottish, talk.politics.guns, uk.politics.crime, and uk.politics.misc [3]
      One of the telltale characteristics of hoplophobia is terminal stupidity. That's because hoplophobia is a mental illness.
    • 1999: Barry B Wood, in dfw.general [4]
      You'll be happy to learn that "hoplophobia" (irrational fear of weapons) has been recognized as an illness by the AMA, is treatable, and is now covered by most HMOs. Get thee to a psychiatrist!
    • 2000: Frank Zember, in alt.fan.rush-limbaugh, misc.survivalism, talk.politics.guns, and alt.law-enforcement [5]
      Not exactly, subscribing to the hoplophobia of the left wing makes you a complete idiot.
    • 2015: James Taranto, in "Best of the Web: The Left Loses Control," The Wall Street Journal [2]
      That the [New York] Times's gun-control crusade is motivated by hoplophobia, rather than a sincere concern about crime and terrorism, can be demonstrated by a comparison with other Times editorials that do not focus on guns.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Cooper coined the term to describe what he termed "mental disturbance characterized by irrational aversion to weapons". The word is not usually used in a medical sense. For further notes and references, see the Wikipedia article.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ United States House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Crime of the Committee on the Judiciary (1976), “Firearms Legislation: Hearings”, in Ninety-fourth United States Congress[1], retrieved January 15, 2016
  2. ^ Taranto, James (December 7, 2015), “The Left Loses Control”, in The Wall Street Journal[2], retrieved January 15, 2016