If you’re homophobic, you’re likely hostile, and if you’re hostile, then you’re probably mentally ill. And if you’re mentally ill, well, then no guns for you.
This is how liberals turn a Second Amendment argument into a culture war to deny “unfavorable” classes of people their rights. Watch for it.
How did we get here? A quick recap:
In the debate about access to guns, the argument has centered on two core philosophies: One, there are too many guns (because guns shoot themselves) and they must be removed from society, and two, guns are only destructive when used by people who shouldn’t have them, like those with mental illness.
In ceding that some people shouldn’t have guns, supporters of the Second Amendment have cornered themselves into the position that as a condition of a declaration of mental illness, people can be denied guns.
It seems a fair argument until you get social scientists deciding what mental illness is.
How about homophobia? Isn’t that a mental illness? No, you say?
Well, here’s a thought experiment:
A recent study of 560 Italian university students concluded that immature defense mechanisms and psychoticism in test subjects were “predictive factors regarding levels of homophobia.” On the contrary, if someone has neurotic defense mechanisms or depression, then they probably are not necessarily homophobic.
The authors began the study with the notion that “discrimination toward homosexuals must be condemned and this study has investigated some psychologic aspects that predispose heterosexual subjects to have negative attitudes toward homosexual people.”
So, if you object to actions by gay people, there’s automatically something wrong with you.
The authors say that it may be that you’re conservative or religious.