By Mark Karlin
You can feel at least temporarily reassured when a long-barreled assault weapon compensates for just another average manhood; it's an irresistible testosterone high to the beleaguered white male.
Call this Freudian psychobabble analysis, but when you add it into the mix of just angry white males who want their guns to show that they are still top dog on the political, social and marital hierarchy, you got a good percentage of the psychologically need gun owners. A gun, particularly assault weapons and lethal militarized handguns, are at least two things: a prosthetic dick and a sign that even unemployed white guys still rule the Western World and sit at the head of the kitchen table.
We're talking about a dying patriarchy making a last stand with the ownership and brandishing of weapons that provide the semblance of ultimate power over life and death.
Oh yes, and the American empire is facing threats on several fronts. Globalization is eating away at its post World War II dominance, with nations like "the yellow peril" of China becoming economic power houses. Jobs are hard to come by and terrorists abound behind every paranoid turn of the head.
It's not a good time to be a white man wistfully lamenting the age when white men ruled without dissent.
But like a nervous eater who turns to food to resolve anxiety, there's nothing like guns to restore a sense of glories past.
This is not an issue about self-defense; this is about psychological need--born of sexual and cultural displacement--assuaged by the possession of a killing machine.
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This gem makes it clear what gun nuts really fear: a country run by women and minorities, especially blacks.
These white men want to restore a past when they clearly ruled over everyone. They're scared of losing all the power and privilege they've amassed over the centuries.
Fear of the "other"...America's original sin since 1492.
For more on the subject, see Boston Bombing Triggers Islamophobia and Conservatives Fear Minorities.