Archive for July 7th, 2014

Half-Cocked

by lizard

I have a gun with a long barrel, but it’s only a .22 caliber handgun, so I’m not sure what that says about the size of my penis. Don Pogreba has been thinking about guns and penises, so maybe he can tell me. Here is a quote from that post:

There is probably a more serious post about the insanity of American gun culture to be written today, but it’s a holiday. Instead, I offer this assessment. Psychology Central defines compensation as:

Compensation is a process of psychologically counterbalancing perceived weaknesses by emphasizing strength in other arenas.

If Don had been capable of writing a serious post over the holiday weekend, it might have included the staggering incidents of gun violence in Chicago over the holiday break:

Violence in Chicago continued over the Fourth of July weekend with at least 11 people shot in roughly four hours Sunday afternoon, bringing the total number of people shot since the holiday weekend began to more than 60.

At least seven people have been killed over the long weekend.

There are aspects of American gun culture that seem to be rather unhinged, especially when it comes to the open carry movement. It would be interesting to see what would happen to some of these intelligent gun owners packing heat at Target if they flaunted their guns on the streets of Chicago.

For me, owning a gun is still a bit surreal. I go out about once a week for target practice. I’m slowly getting more comfortable handling a gun, but when my Ruger Mark III misfires (with certain ammunition) it makes me very nervous.

The clash of cultures surrounding guns and the role of government in regulating guns is complicated. I’m not going to get too involved in this post with hashing out the competing ideologies involved. I will say that compensation for some perceived lack of penile virility isn’t the issue, it’s fear. We live in a world increasingly saturated with hostility, which makes the ability to defend oneself with lethal force feel necessary. Maybe that’s an inaccurate perception, but it’s one that has provided part of my own motivation for obtaining and learning how to use a very dangerous tool.

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