Are Ammosexuals Actually Suffering From Paranoia? All Symptoms Point To Yes

Firstly, this is not to at all make light of the seriousness of Paranoid Personality Disorder; it is very real and many likely don’t realize they are suffering from it.

When thinking about guns in America, most people really don’t have a problem with gun ownership. Not at all. Most just want laws that make it so only responsible gun owners are allowed to obtain and use them. Laws that require background checks on all purchases (because all guns were legally purchased at some point), stop straw purchases, and make sure people are trained properly to use the weapons.

All of these things do not, by any means, constitute “gun-grabbing.” No one wants to grab your guns. However, there is still a large group of people in this nation who, despite all rational arguments made, and despite data, and Obama actually expanding gun rights— not taking rights away — still believe they are going to lose their precious guns.

Let’s discuss why they feel the need to have these guns, and why they feel their guns are being taken away. It could really come down to something much deeper than just right against left or the NRA versus legislators who seek to curb gun violence with common sense solutions.

Could it be that these avid “gun rights activists” are actually suffering from paranoia?

Let’s look at the symptoms:

“Paranoid personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of distrust and suspicion of others.”

“Persons with paranoid personality disorder are very suspicious of other people. As a result, they severely limit their social lives. They often feel that they are in danger and look for evidence to support their suspicions. They have trouble seeing that their distrustfulness is out of proportion to their environment.”

  • Concern that other people have hidden motives
  • Expectation that they will be exploited (used) by others
  • Inability to work together with others
  • Social isolation
  • Detachment
  • Hostility

How many times have we heard these supposed “gun rights activists” say, “Obama is coming for our guns!”? When absolutely no proof that he would ever do this has ever actually been shown.

Let’s go through the symptoms one-by-one:

Concern that other people have hidden motives:

The common argument made by “gun rights activists” is that if Obama is doing this, then it really means that he is trying to do something more sinister. And it spreads beyond just guns to other legislation. For instance the Affordable Care Act. When President Obama sought to expand access of affordable care to everyone, he was accused of wanting “government controlled health care” and “death panels.”

Expectation that they will be exploited (used) by others:

They automatically assume the government is coming after them — exactly them. They don’t stop to think they are law-abiding citizens and any new gun law won’t actually affect them. They see this as a direct attack on them.

Many of these same individuals see taxes as stealing, and that their hard-earned dollars are being taken from them and given to others who don’t work. And while many of tax dollars should be spent differently (ie. end corporate welfare, and lower defense spending), these folks don’t seem to realize their tax dollars are actually be spent on them (infrastructure, safety, etc.), and that they are perfectly legal.

Inability to work together with others:

Just look at Congress.

These gun lovers can’t see beyond their own misplaced priorities of making sure they and they alone can cling to their guns, to work together and try to stop gun violence that runs rampant all over the nation. Think beyond just yourself and let’s work together to make sure you keep your rights and we also diminish gun violence at the same time. It is possible.

Social isolation:

Think about the obvious fact that those who most strongly fear their guns being taken away do not live in major metropolitan areas. Areas that see more gun violence and know the importance of common sense measures that need to be taken. When you’re not around gun violence, it’s likely you’re not going to see it as a problem. There are two gun cultures in this nation — rural, and urban —  the two need to come together to work out how to best stop the wrong people from getting guns and promote gun safety.

Detachment:

They don’t see gun violence directly effecting them, so they choose not to see it as a problem. They, quite literally, detach themselves from it and only focus on their own desire to own whatever firearm they choose. They don’t care what anyone else has to say regarding the subject.

Hostility:

This one is probably most obvious when seeing those who fear they may lose their guns. They are extremely hostile. Even going so far as writing laws that allow them to carry guns everywhere they go and play vigilante cowboy. They don’t even want to hear what the other side has to say.

Let’s also look at “They often feel that they are in danger and look for evidence to support their suspicions” and remember George Zimmerman, a perfect example of this theory.

If you feel the need to carry a gun everywhere you go, what does that say about you? That you’re prepared? Prepared for what?

To sum up — no one wants your guns, we just want a safe nation. Please understand this. And if you are dealing with Paranoia, please get the help you need.

This article was in no way written to ridicule or diminish the seriousness of Paranoid Personality Disorder. It is a very serious disorder that needs proper professional help.

 

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