Thu May 2, 2013, 01:26 PM
HereSince1628 (35,822 posts)
Invented Psychological Disorder -Hoplophobia- Pushed To Silence Victims Of Gun Violence
One way or another it seems the gun debate can't go forward without one side claiming another side suffers from mental illness...
The Daily Caller discounted the experiences of some victims of gun violence who have promoted stronger gun laws by claiming they suffer from "hoplophobia," a fake psychological disorder defined by the gun rights movement as "the morbid fear of guns."
This baseless attack found in the featured article of Daily Caller's "Guns and Gear" section is the latest salvo from a conservative media that have launched vicious attacks on survivors of gun violence who support reforms to current gun laws.
The Daily Caller article purported to examine "hoplophobia" as an actual psychological condition, asking, "Is America required to accept psychological acting out as a legitimate form of legislative discourse?" However this "disorder" is not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association and instead is a term coined by the late National Rifle Association board member and famed shooting instructor Jeff Cooper.
In the May 1 article, the authors singled out Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and prominent gun violence prevention campaigner Sarah Brady as allegedly suffering from psychological problems due to their direct experience with gun violence. The article further claimed that the promotion of gun violence prevention is "perilous" to the public:
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Thu May 2, 2013, 01:37 PM
arcane1 (38,613 posts)
1. Brings back memories of "Drapetomania"
Drapetomania was a supposed mental illness described by American physician Samuel A. Cartwright in 1851 that caused black slaves to flee captivity.:41 Today, drapetomania is considered an example of pseudoscience,:2 and part of the edifice of scientific racism.