My last post, “Guns are security blankets not insurance policies,” discussed the irrationality that often motivates people to possess firearms. This post tries to partly explain why fear in general is such a powerful motivator. Continue reading What Should We Be Afraid Of?
Do you trust your neighbor with one of these?
At his wonderful blog, The Weekly Sift, the mathematician Doug Mudar posted an insightful piece recently about the psychology of gun owners titled: “Guns are security blankets, not insurance policies.” He begins with a quote from the sci-fi author William Gibson: “People who feel safer with a gun than with guaranteed medical insurance don’t yet have a fully adult concept of scary.” Continue reading “Guns are security blankets, not insurance policies”