Magazine September 21, 2020, Issue

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Firearm Fear
I thoroughly enjoyed James Lileks’s analysis of what is and is not a phobia (“Fear of Fear Itself,” August 24). Regarding his reference to the genuine fear of firearms we see so often on the left, may I submit a term that has seen usage in Second Amendment circles? “Hoplophobia” (hoplo-, weapon) combines the two Greek roots to describe an abnormal fear of weapons, typically firearms. The term was coined in the 1970s by Colonel Jeff Cooper, who developed and taught what is known as the “modern technique of the pistol,” which involves a two-handed grip and the use

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