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





hoplophobia (uncountable)

  1. The irrational 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.
    • 1999, Barry B Wood, dfw.general[3] (Usenet):
      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!
    • 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.

See also



  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 (2015 December 7) “The Left Loses Control”, in The Wall Street Journal[2], retrieved January 15, 2016