For those that read my published article entitled: “ISSUE OF NEUROTICISM IN THE GUN GAME”; you should by now be very familiar with my position and logic as it pertains to many people in the Gun Game. See, for whatever reason people get so caught up in the shooting aspect that more often than not they neglect the mental health issues that many people within the Gun Game project. Mental health issues that I found to be extremely over looked consist of the following:
See, there are at least two concreate reasons as to why people either shy away from or simply seek to turn a blind eye to these mental health issues are because of profit and image management. Remember the only job of any business and in this case firearm manufactures is to make money. That’s the goal of any business. Secondly, you have to remember, the firearm industry hides behind the veil of “gun safety” (whatever that is – because there is nothing safe about discharging a firearm). And the industry also hides behind the idea of “FREEDOM”, which if you study any kind of real law you would know there is no such thing as “FREEDOM” as we are classified as “PERSON’S” and only have “LIBERTIES”.
However, after all the “American Pride”, “Merica” jokes and antics and all the glitz and glamour has faded, what we are left with are a lot of people running around with guns (many not proficient), and many with mental health issues. To be fair and balanced, these two combinations are a recipe for disaster. Examining the first mental issue amongst shooters outside of the various cognitive biases exhibited (which we will examine in another article) is the Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder or “NPD”. NPD according to the Mayo Clinic can be defined as:
“A mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem that's vulnerable to the slightest criticism.”
If you look around at the Gun Game, it’s a cess pool that serves as breeding ground and can be considered a catalysis for behaviors that are associated with NPD. Psychology Today points out these behaviors of people that suffer from NPD:
Are highly reactive to criticism
“If they’re asked a question that might oblige them to admit some vulnerability, deficiency, or culpability, they’re apt to falsify the evidence (i.e., lie—yet without really acknowledging such prevarication to themselves), hastily change the subject, or respond as though they’d been asked something entirely different.”
Have low self-esteem
Can be inordinately self-righteous and defensive
“I’ve already mentioned how reactive they typically are to criticism, but in fact anything said or done that they perceive as questioning their competence can activate their robust self-protective mechanisms.”
React to contrary viewpoints with anger or rage
“Project onto others qualities, traits, and behaviors they can’t—or won’t—accept in themselves.”
Have poor interpersonal boundaries
It is my position that this is why so many shooters (especially new shooters and female shooters) are simply “turned off” to the Gun Game or simply do go as hard in it as they should to aid them in being more proficient with their weapon system. Non-Narcissist simply can’t “get through” to people that are suffering from this mental health condition.
Another mental health condition of concern when it comes to shooters in the Gun Game is the fact that they appear to suffer from some sort of acute form of Paranoia. According to Mental Health America Paranoia can be defined as:
“Intense anxious or fearful feelings and thoughts often related to persecution, threat, or conspiracy. Paranoia occurs in many mental disorders, but is most often present in psychotic disorders. Paranoia can become delusions, when irrational thoughts and beliefs become so fixed that nothing (including contrary evidence) can convince a person that what they think or feel is not true. When a person has paranoia or delusions, but no other symptoms (like hearing or seeing things that aren't there), they might have what is called a delusional disorder. Because only thoughts are impacted, a person with delusional disorder can usually work and function in everyday life, however, their lives may be limited and isolated.”
This is very important not only because I have in fact through empirical evidence and participant observation have been a victim of it. Some of the manifestations of Paranoia within the Gun Game are further described by Mental Health America as:
“Mistrust, hyper-vigilance, difficulty with forgiveness, defensive attitude in response to imagined criticism, preoccupation with hidden motives, fear of being deceived or taken advantage of, inability to relax, or are argumentative.”
Again I have been observing the Gun Game from an empirical and participant observational standpoint, and I have observed organizations such as the NRA, that promote “fear mongering” campaigns. With wording and propaganda on magazines that sort of sound something like this on the covers of America’s First Freedom and American Rifleman such as:
“OBAMA IS COMING FOR THE GUNS”
“7 THINGS OBAMA HID IN HIS GUN CONTROL PLAN”
"THE UN THREAT TO OUR FREEDOMS PERSISTS"
(They know damn well we don’t have FREEDOM but only LIBERTY) talk about selling a dream.
And other such silly non-sense from various commentators that are paid to further push an agenda that is often times biased in forethought. This not only encourage this cognitive dysfunction but aids in the further embedding of baseless Paranoia amongst shooters in the Gun Game. Slogans and propaganda such as these few presented only “add fuel to the fire”. In doing so it prompts people to run the gun stores in mass, like sheep to purchase various weapon systems just for the pure sake of saying: “I got mines while the getting was good!” Tactics like these worked so well that in 2012, firearm sells spiked so high that manufactures could not keep up with the demand. In addition, the prices on “Blackguns” (AK’s, AR’s and others types) spiked literally overnight. One distributor sold a little over 30,000 firearms in one day. It should also be noted that ammunition sales spiked. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) NCIC’s (National Crime Information Center) crashed because it could not handle the influx of calls and background checks requested from FFL Dealers. When it was all over, a hot piss firearm blog such as Bearing Arms who of which perpetuates mental rabies around the Gun Game said this about Obama:
“WORLD’S GREATEST GUN SALESMAN CELEBRATES NEW JULY RECORD”
He (Obama) nor Hillary had nothing to do with the spike in gun sells, but it had everything to do with the marketing fake news that further exacerbated the unwarranted Paranoia that many people and shooters in the Gun Game exhibited. The situation was so bad people like Timothy Johnson for Media Matters wrote about it. In an article entitled: “NRA Admits It: “Obama Really Hasn’t Had The Opportunity To” Confiscate Guns”, they point out the following:
“Claims about gun confiscation and Obama have been the NRA’s bread and butter for the past eight years. More recently, the NRA has suggested that the election of Clinton could lead to gun confiscation for law-abiding Americans.” “According to FactCheck.org, neither Obama nor Clinton have advocated confiscating privately held firearms. Both have instead expressed support for regulating gun ownership, not banning it.”
As an added bonus sources such as CNN reported that the NRA:
“spends about $250m per year - more than all of America's gun control advocacy groups combined. About $3m of that is spent on lobbying.”
This sheds even more light on the issues that money from likeminded interested are the driving forces behind the Paranoia found amongst many shooters.
The final mental health pathology I would like to shed some light on would be the issue of Delusional Tendencies of some of the people within the Gun Game. Looking no further than the previous source (Mental Health America); Delusion can be defined as:
“An odd belief that a person firmly insists is true despite evidence that it is not.”
Mental Health America goes on to stay:
“Delusional disorder is characterized by irrational or intense belief(s) or suspicion(s) which a person believes to be true. These beliefs may seem outlandish and impossible (bizarre) or fit within the realm of what is possible (non-bizarre).”
This is important because, people and shooters who fall victim to delusional thinking. For whatever reason; maybe they played too much Call of Duty or maybe they have been service for too long and have developed some sort of cognitive bias towards the Military and or Police agency that they have been a part of; none-the-less the Delusion that are most projected by people within the Gun Game are:
“Grandiose type (patient believes that he has some great but unrecognized talent or insight, a special identity, knowledge, power, self-worth, or special relationship with someone famous or with God)”
This is nothing more than Food For Thought.