n. Irrational, morbid fear of guns (coined by Col. Jeff Cooper, from the Greek "hoplites," weapon). May cause sweating, faintness, discomfort, rapid pulse, nausea, sleeplessness, more, at mere thought of guns. Hoplophobes are common and should never be involved in setting gun policies. Point out hoplophobic behavior when noticed, it is dangerous, sufferers deserve pity, and should seek treatment. When confronted, hoplophobes typically go into denial, a common characteristic of the affliction. Often helped by training, or by coaching at a range, a process known to psychiatry as "desensitization," often useful in treating many phobias. Also: Hoplophobe, hoplophobic.
The person had hoplophobia and passed out at the mere sight of a gun.
by fasfan September 26, 2006
(n.) an irrational fear of weapons
Sarah Brady, the Violence Policy Center, Americans for Gun Safety, and many others, have created a climate of hoplophobia in America.
by Eric Fisher May 21, 2003