Welcome to Hoplophobe Hell

William Connell Cawthon Jr.
5 min readMar 31, 2022

Where your gun control fantasies go to die

After leaving the military, Jeff Cooper founded the Gunsite Academy, a 3,000-acre firearm training facility in Arizona, the United States. He was regarded as one of America’s leading experts on firearm techniques.

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 1296, making the Hoosier State the 24th constitutional carry state. Earlier this month, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine added their states to the roster.

One day earlier, on Monday, March 21, 2022, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed SF0102, the Second Amendment Protection Act, bringing the number of Second Amendment Sanctuary states to fifteen.

Welcome to Hoplophobe Hell, folks. Reality is overtaking those fantasies about those nonsensical, “commonsense” gun control laws and we couldn’t be happier.

While gun control bills are stalled in Washington, states are passing permitless carry laws, Second Amendment Sanctuary laws, and other measures. The Arizona house of representatives passed a bill that requires public schools to provide firearm safety training in grades 6–12 and an Arizona senate committee sent the bill to the floor.

Imagine that, hoplophobes: Not only will young people be taught real gun safety in their schools; the way the specifications for a qualified instructor are written requires certification by a law enforcement agency or group with at least 30 years of experience in providing gun safety training. Can you say “NRA?” I knew you could.

Yes, gun sales did decline after setting an all-time record in 2020, but the 2021 tally made it the second-highest volume year on record. There were an estimated 40 million gun sales in 2020 and 2021 and millions of Americans became gun owners for the first time.

In a few months, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on New York’s century-old Sullivan Law and the decision could impact discretionary permitting laws, as well as laws requiring permits to purchase or possess firearms. Other cases up for review by the court could determine whether assault weapons bans are constitutional. Incidentally, since Americans own an estimated 20 million AR-15s, AK-47s and the like, the court would most likely determine that such rifles meet the standard set in the Heller decision for Second Amendment protection.

William Connell Cawthon Jr.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org