'Many American White Men Worship Guns Because of Sexual Insecurity, Entitlement, and Profit '
That's the headline of a commentary piece at the website Buzzflash which is a blog from the far left, radical Truthout publication.
At first I thought it was an April Fool's joke - something The Onion would pull, so over the top it is.
But this unintentionally hysterically funny screed is what passes for deep thought on the left these days.
Here are some choice excerpts for your reading pleasure:
You won't find anyone willing to dare say it much in the media, but a good percentage of the white men who oppose gun control of any sort - and who back measures that would even allow alleged terrorists and straw purchases for drug dealers to buy guns - are just afraid that without their guns, their phallic power will be reduced to size.
You can feel at least temporarily reassured when a long-barreled assault weapon compensates for just another average manhood; it's an irresistable 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.
"A good percentage of the white men..." - what percentage? What study reveals this fact? And as far as compensating for deficiencies in "manhood," I would guess that the author is projecting his own male shortcomings on to gun owners to make himself feel better.
Let's face it, the more white guys feel besieged by a multi-cultural society in which women and minorities have chewed away at their perch until it is about to crash to the ground and leave them equals among other humans, the more fierce and maniacal the opposition to regulating guns as dangerous instruments of death becomes.
"Fierce and maniacal opposition..." I like hyperbole and exaggeration as much as the next writer, but isn't that a little over the top?
That is to say that a gun, or multiple numbers of them (which is the trend per gun owner over the past few years), provides a sense of potency, a shot of dominance that allows one - in some states -- to walk around "open carry" with a handgun. "You see who I am," the handgun symbolizes, "I am of the white guy lineage that conquered the world from the heathens, that wears a 'white hat,' that has anchored civilization since the launch of European empires. This gun tells you one thing; don't mess with me."
Did this guy leave out any far left liberal shibboleth? At least he's consistent in his idiocy.
Said a commenter to the article this morning: "I'm a liberal that believes in gun control, but this may be one of the dumbest articles out there......"
Liberals have been spouting nonsense like this for decades. It is an unscholarly, anti-intellectual point of view that requires a suspension of belief in reality, ignoring history that's even embraced by the liberal academy, and a familiarity with buzzwords and pop-psychological catch phrases that are meaningless to all but a tiny portion of the left.
I wholeheartedly recommend reading this piece. It will certainly give you some laugh out loud moments of hilarity.