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To take up a firearm against a political candidate or position you disagree with. Coined by the media in response to perceived violent rhetoric in the 2010 election campaigns. A variant on Senate candidate Sharron Angle's assertion during a debate that her opponent, incumbent senator Harry Reid, needed to "man up."
"Sure, the Republican­s use homophobia to "gun up" thier base but it's not working very well any more, the noticeable exception being old people." - David Brock, CEO of Media Matters of America, on Hardball with Chris Matthews, January 12, 2011
by The Mind of Matt January 14, 2011
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