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The debate is over and we now have the right to carry a concealed weapon in all 50 states.   But we are not discussing why some people feel that need so intensely.   In order to understand, we need to look a little deeper.  

Many Americans live in a mood of fear.   And many of those people feel justified in wanting to carry a concealed weapon to protect themselves from that threat.   No matter how many rational arguments to the contrary, these people can offer statistical evidence for believing that they need this additional protection.

Here's something to think about: "The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

Nazi, Hermann Goering, made this statement during the Nuremberg trials. In other words, create fear in the minds of the public.   Once that fear is there, keep re-enforcing it with well-designed, easily remembered memes. All of which leads to framing the public narrative in ways to lead the interpretations of the discussions that ensue.

From http://www.flickr.com/photos/32345848@N07/8388466124/: Your NRA, exploiting a tragedy to advance a pre-existing political and economic agenda
Your NRA, exploiting a tragedy to advance a pre-existing political and economic agenda
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So all the gun lobby needs to do is keep reminding people that "they're coming to get your guns," and "the second amendment is at risk," "someday you may need to protect yourselves from our government," "gun registration is bad because the government knows where the guns are," "the best defense from a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun" and finally "guns don't kill people, people kill people."

It all leads to creation of a public mood.   Moods are different from emotions because they are 1) persistent and 2) very often not grounded in current reality.   Let me explain. If you had an incident where you felt a need for a weapon, the emotion of fear would certainly be appropriate. But if that experience faded into your past and you continued to feel that fear, it could be considered a mood.   

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Another example is the events of 9/11.   American's have developed a mood of fear of another attack on our homeland.   The TSA has never caught a terrorist attempting to get onto a plane in the U.S.   I'm not criticizing the practice. I'm providing an example of how the proper emotional reaction to a single event can create a mood that persists in spite of evidence to the contrary.

Moods are contagious. So it's much easier to lapse into a mood of fear when others around you are fearful.   Just check out how difficult it is to get into a qualifying class to carry a concealed weapon in Illinois. The registrations are through the roof.

Think about people buying up all the ammunition they can get their hands on?   That is more evidence of a mood of fear.

Unfortunately, certain special interests, politicians and pundits use fear to their advantage.   The sad part is that too many people buy into these scare tactics because they experience life through their TV sets and discussions with other frightened people.   And they become more and more vulnerable to the prevailing mood of fear.   Remember, it's contagious.

A mood is a predisposition for action: Fear predisposes us to carry guns around concealed on our body somewhere.   Fear predisposes us to lock the doors and gird our loins against an attack.   Fear predisposes us to distrust other people.   Fear predisposes us to take rights away from others who we don't trust.   Fear is a cancer on our society.   And it is being promulgated for the sake of power, position, and profits.  

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The real damage is being done by people who stand to profit from our mood of fear.   I ask you, who is trafficking in a mood of fear in America?   They are the real reason for our fear.

Robert DeFilippis                     

 

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"Fear predisposes us to take rights away from othe... by Peter Syracuse on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 11:08:07 AM
Thanks for your response. I would appreciate it if... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 11:22:05 AM
The fear, the paranoia, the propaganda, is all be... by Peter Syracuse on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:11:48 AM
It's amazing to me how many pro-gun responders jus... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:51:22 PM
Nothing amazing about it.  Set google alerts ... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:02:32 PM
That's good boys, keep following the plan. Just ca... by Peter Syracuse on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:46:15 PM
Actually I googled the words "Illinois concealed c... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:42:55 PM
Oh, where to begin with such a poorly thought out... by John S on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 3:46:21 PM
If I thought you were seriously interested in my a... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 4:58:25 PM
You may not think that I'm interested in your answ... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:19:40 PM
Why is it that the left wants the right to just ro... by John S on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 3:46:40 PM
I think you may be close to the truth in this resp... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 5:02:19 PM
It's not really a fear at all, it's reasonable p... by Josh McNattin on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 4:25:24 PM
If "reasonable precaution" in your words, isn't dr... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 5:09:37 PM
I believe you hit the nail on the head. You don't... by Joe Reeser on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 8:11:12 PM
His argument doesn't work, that's why he avoids so... by John S on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 9:15:26 PM
My arguments don't fit in the frames, within which... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:26:25 AM
Well said! Good points! Very true!  Do you ... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:57:11 AM
Your little Goering quote...sounds EXACTLY like th... by John S on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 4:56:46 PM
And you sound exactly like NRA sheeple. ... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 5:10:07 PM
Sheeple?  As an old man living alone, I see ... by Robert James on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:48:33 AM
I have no problem with you keeping a weapon in you... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:54:40 AM
Thankfully your tolerance is irrelevant. We have... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:45:51 PM
My tolerance is as irrelevant as yours.  ... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:34:43 PM
What's so special about my home or being outside? ... by Stuart Chisholm on Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 1:48:25 PM
I'm satisfied with how constructive my articles ar... by Robert De Filippis on Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 8:08:26 AM
Statistically speaking the "innocents" you mentio... by Dominick Ahrens on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 12:32:54 PM
The vast majority of people carrying firearms in ... by Dominick Ahrens on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 12:42:13 PM
I figured that you wouldn't respond with answers ... by John S on Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 9:09:29 PM
Thanks for your comments. They are so cliché... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 7:00:06 AM
I do have an open mind.  That's why I read a ... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:54:23 PM
If those fears weren't legitimate they could easil... by Keith Turner on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 7:38:44 AM
There are over 85 million people who legally own ... by Keith Turner on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 7:55:22 AM
When someone's irrational fears cause them to take... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 8:22:32 AM
 I fully support the author. Also I am very ... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 8:34:18 AM
Thanks. It's good to read the voice of reason and ... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 9:26:37 AM
I'd say that it is you with the irrational fears. ... by Stuart Chisholm on Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 1:56:28 PM
We've seen the examples you mention of being shot... by Dominick Ahrens on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 12:57:36 PM
Facts and feelings: They both have their place in ... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 1:19:47 PM
Common sense has never been a big factor in the fa... by kappie on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 9:26:52 AM
Thanks for your reasonable response. Apparently yo... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:52:50 AM
Excellent article and I'd say that the majority o... by michael payne on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:44:48 AM
The number of guns in this Country has doubled in ... by Peter Syracuse on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:43:26 PM
Here are some stats to counter your arguments and... by michael payne on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:52:20 PM
(continued from above) What you and others are... by michael payne on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:53:51 PM
Apparently you do not get it. Read rule number one... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:32:34 PM
"Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 8:23:36 PM
Close. He was saying that solving the problem is ... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:20:02 PM
Not really seeing the connection between the Guide... by J. Edward Tremlett on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:40:44 PM
Mr. Payne, no one is trying to minimize or dismiss... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:08:44 PM
I made a very clear statement: in all the articles... by michael payne on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 6:49:20 PM
Have you ever actually treated a victim of gun vi... by Dominick Ahrens on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 8:26:39 PM
Thank you! What a breath of fresh air. ... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:44:49 PM
"What we are heading for in America in the coming... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:17:28 PM
We have a "culling of the violent" currently as e... by Dominick Ahrens on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 8:30:27 PM
Why is it that the people who don't own, use or ca... by Stuart Chisholm on Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 2:04:47 PM
To each their own, but I find it ironic that whil... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:20:08 AM
Liberal writer above uses fear of the government ... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 10:52:09 AM
I'm so glad I don't live in Florida any longer. Th... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:33:19 AM
It sounds like you are on the side of the violent... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:39:05 PM
Just one additional comment even though I know it'... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:26:37 PM
So you mention two cases where, as a gun owner an... by Dominick Ahrens on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 9:09:35 PM
Frankly, I don't know what the heck you're writing... by Robert De Filippis on Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 8:16:46 AM
You don't know what he's talking about?  Do ... by John S on Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 9:57:03 AM
Those are the instances that have been carried in ... by Robert De Filippis on Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 10:36:44 AM
No it does not make you a racist, which is why no ... by John S on Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 9:16:04 PM
Thanks for telling me my intentions to throw race ... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 1:30:03 PM
We need to protect our children from all types of ... by John S on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 2:47:24 PM
You'll get no argument from me on these points. ... by Robert De Filippis on Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 4:16:27 PM
Thank you, Robert, for saying what needs to be sa... by revzef on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 11:52:35 AM
Once again, thank you. I was beginning to wonder i... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:47:37 PM
Gunless does not equal rational. Gunless equals no... by Bill Johnson on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 12:58:00 PM
You might try moving to a better neighborhood. I j... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:19:47 PM
"NRA stooges" - but your viewpoint is a high po... by Dominick Ahrens on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 8:45:25 PM
  The only thing the NRA seems to... by Dominick Ahrens on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 8:46:50 PM
Besides, when I see people with guns hanging off ... by Dominick Ahrens on Sunday, Feb 23, 2014 at 8:58:01 PM
Well, Robert, if you wanted more attention and mor... by Robert S. Becker on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:19:41 PM
Yes. I know. It's just so topical, with the Dunn v... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:29:54 PM
This is actually getting hilarious.  It's a h... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 1:56:55 PM
See. I knew we could come to a conclusion with an ... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:42:46 PM
Yes, this is very hilarious isn't it; when the chi... by michael payne on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:16:50 PM
My "hilarious" comment referred to how all of the... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 6:13:07 PM
I'll agree with your 6 rules, but I'd add a 7th:"I... by J. Edward Tremlett on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 8:27:42 PM
Exactly, the CJAH's are just baiting some with the... by Bill Johnson on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 at 9:19:02 AM
Reminds me of Michael Chrichton's 1994 book, Stat... by Derryl Hermanutz on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:21:53 PM
Amen brother thinker! ... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:44:14 PM
Kudos to the author- he really touched the nerve.&... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:39:42 PM
Just remember the G's. Guns, God, Gays and Gumming... by Robert De Filippis on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:46:27 PM
I would advise  all the members of the threa... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:12:53 PM
"inadequately violent reaction from the ' conceale... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:11:50 PM
'It sounds like you are on the side of the violen... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:58:17 PM
Believe it or not, I have respect for opposing op... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 6:19:15 PM
Phew! The dems turned left?  if that is call... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 7:33:14 PM
Mark, I guess we just define fear differently. &nb... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 7:44:44 PM
Long ago in another country I was offered a car t... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 8:06:50 PM
I threw caution to the wind when I was younger, a... by John S on Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 8:33:28 PM
 I would argue  that respectful distrus... by Mark Sashine on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 7:45:02 AM
There are many points we agree on here, Mark. &nbs... by John S on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:47:49 AM
I have always advocated using an enemy's own weap... by Arianna Marie Cigolini on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 10:32:26 AM
You describe a "mood of fear" on the part of gu... by Dominick Ahrens on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 at 5:09:00 PM