Breaking Down the Mental Instability of the Radical Gun Fanatic

sarah-gun-nutI had a short back and forth with a gentleman online yesterday who I would label a certifiable gun nut. Though I’m sure he just sees himself as a “proud patriotic American.”

It was clear from the start that nothing I was going to say to him would ever alter his beliefs about guns. In his mind, if someone is killed by a gun, it’s because there weren’t enough guns on the “side of the good guys.”

A belief I’ve always found completely asinine. The whole notion that the “best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” is so ridiculous that it’s amazing that millions of people buy into it.

Just think about that phrase for a moment. It essentially says that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is after they’ve already started shooting. Which often means after they’ve already killed someone.

So the “good guy with a gun” can only “stop a bad guy with a gun” after someone is already dead? Yeah, that’s a real “genius” philosophy.

Can someone tell me how to spot the differences between a “bad guy” and a “good guy” with a gun? Because gun nuts seem to believe we should all be able to walk around our city streets with loaded AK-47’s strapped to our back like we’re in Somalia. So, in reality, a “bad guy” is a “good guy” – until they open fire.

But the obsession with guns is what gets me. They don’t just like guns, they love them. I look on people’s Facebook profiles and many of them have pictures of them firing various guns.


Is it a special moment or something? Is it because it’s “cool”? I just don’t get it.

I’m sure it would be difficult to conduct, but I’d like to see an in-depth study done on the minds of people who are obsessed with guns and people who don’t care anything about them.

My theory is that people who obsess over guns are suffering from some kind of mental illness linked to fear and paranoia. That or some form of an inferiority complex where guns make them feel more powerful.

But that’s just my theory.

Because the obsession millions of people have with guns is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. People that seem to love an inanimate object almost as much as they do a member of their family.

There’s the old cliché joke about the “crazy cat lady” who owns ten cats. Well, why is she “crazy” or “strange” but the person with 10 semi-automatic rifles isn’t? How many guns does it take to protect someone’s family?

Or does it all go back to the absurd belief that our government “fears” an armed populace?

And can someone explain to me how it would be rational to violently overthrow a government elected by the people – as per our Constitution?

Think about that. Say tens of millions of Republicans decided to try to overthrow the government because they disagree with President Obama. How is that justified? Tens of millions of Americans elected him. Tens of millions of Americans support him. So why would it be up to “one side” to overthrow the government that the majority of Americans elected?

Wouldn’t that, in fact, be the ultimate unconstitutional act? Overthrowing an elected government?

Again, it makes absolutely no sense.

But you can’t reason with gun nuts. These people honestly believe that more guns are the answer to gun violence. That somehow if we have even more guns we’ll be safer.

Even though facts tell us a completely different story.

Now I’m not saying all gun owners fall into this category of what I feel is mental instability. I own a gun, and I know several other people who do as well. But I think there’s a huge difference between someone who owns a gun to keep at home just in case someone tries to break in and someone who believes we should have guns holstered on us at all times just in case they need to engage in a shootout while eating lunch.

Because, at least in my opinion, there’s a huge difference between sensible gun owners and these paranoid, radical gun fanatics.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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