Hoplophobia from the Greek hoplon, or weapon, is defined as the "fear of firearms"[and as the "fear of armed citizens.

Hoplophobia, is an irrational, morbid fear of guns. It may cause sweating, faintness, discomfort, rapid pulse, nausea, sleeplessness, nondescript fears, more, at mere thought of guns. Presence of working firearms may cause panic attack. Hoplophobe, hoplophobic.

Hoplophobes are common and should never be involved in setting gun policies. Point out hoplophobic behavior when noticed, it is dangerous, sufferers deserve pity, and should seek treatment. When confronted about their condition, hoplophobes typically go into denial, a common characteristic of the affliction. Sometimes helped by training, or by coaching at a range, a process known to psychiatry as "desensitization," a useful methodology in treating many phobias.

Hoplophobic behavior is often obvious from self-evident irrational responses to real-life situations, and is frequently seen in the news media and public debate. When a criminal commits a crime using a gun, hoplophobes often seek to disarm, or make lists of, innocent people who didn't do anything, a common, classic and irrational response.

The idea of creating a gunless or defenseless society,  which logically would not include armed criminals -- is a prime example of an irrational hoplophobic response to the issue of crime.

A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity - Sigmund Freud

"To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them"-George Mason

‘‘Four out of five politicians surveyed preferred unarmed, ignorant peasants.’’
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