The few anti-gun or borderline anti-gun people I’ve been around fit the profile described perfectly. I’m fortunate to work at a place that welcomes legal firearms carry. We have one employee who occasionally rails against it, claiming that there’s going to be a gunfight, an accident, or just plain homicide. The section in this article on projection explains it perfectly. I always felt that if one person were going to do any of these things it would be him.
“,,,How does my correspondent “know” that his neighbors would murder him if they had guns? He doesn’t. What he was really saying was that if he had a gun, he might murder his neighbors if he had a bad day, or if they took his parking space, or played their stereos too loud. This is an example of what mental health professionals call projection – unconsciously projecting one’s own unacceptable feelings onto other people, so that one doesn’t have to own them.”