Lookism is a Liberal-invented evil going back to 1978. Back then, the WaPo coined that term to invent a new class of victims, those people thought to suffer within society because of their homliness, overweight, etc. Studies were ginned up showing the plain-as-mud-fence folks at a terrible disadvantage when compared to the "beautiful people".
Here's a Wiki on Lookism. Scan it for the origins of the concept, which is now "grandfathered" in to all the evils that conservative society (read: wealthy society) foists off on the hoi-palloi according to the Liberal set.
Okay then, we're up to speed on our word-play.
We all know that one of the main building-blocks of Liberalism is the definition of victim classes. That goes without saying. The basic building blocks of Liberal recruitment involve defining a recruit into a victim class, then convincing that newly-apprised "victim" that Liberalism/collectivism can do more for them to alleviate their victimhood than self-reliance. Even this strategy was not invented by Liberals, they stole it from religious theory on recruiting converts. To be fair, it's not all bad, this victim business. There ARE real victims, there IS real discrimination, and for us to have a fair and open society, something has to be done, some advocacy has to be made on behalf of the victims. Prejudice dies hard. Aristocracy dies harder.
So, in came "lookism". It came in at the same time that popular celebrity worship really started to take off, as the Hollywood moguls expanded mightily into the small screen. The small screen, when used judiciously to sell things and ideas, worked far better than the Silver Screen. As the fan-base of popular small-screen icons exploded in popularity, the practice we see now of total fan-worship became first a goal, then a reason-for-being of all entertainment. Now, of course, TV is being supplanted by various forms of the Internet such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkdIn, etc. Suffice it to say, the Entertainment media, in all their versions, are very good at spreading the victim-hood classism of the parent political belief, in this case, Liberalism.
Over the past 35 years, the entertainment media have both fostered AND fought against Lookism. They fostered it by promoting the boy-bands, the singers, the rising actors, etc. They fought against it by giving a ton of time before the cameras to the Liberal moguls who then decried the victim-status of Lookism victims.
Now we come to the latest Liberal political victim class, Potential Mass-shooting Victims. If you think about it, we are ALL such potential victims, which of course, MAKES us into victims. Pay no mind that just a moments' reflection will lead you to the obvious conclusion that the way to NOT be a shooting victim is clear: arm yourself with training and a weapon with which to defend yourself. This is Liberalism, and we shouldn't be bothered with logic or reason when there's emotion available to replace it, should we?
Now we come full circle.
"Lookism in guns"
WTF, Over, you cry in unison. Who in Hell cares what a gun looks like, as long as it functions?
Liberals care. They care a lot. That's why, when they introduce Civil-Rights denying, Constitution-violating gun-control legislation, they include Gun Lookism as it's main ingredient.
Senator Dianne Feinstein's complex (gun) Control Bill is mostly Gun Lookism. At it's heart is the proposition that if the gun at question looks evil, it is evil, and must be banned, because we all must fear guns. This happened before, in 1994. That gun control bill, known as the "Assault Weapons Ban" was all about lookism, but gun-makers soon learned that they could avoid the dreaded "Assault Weapon" designation simply by cosmetic changes, such as thumb-hole stocks instead of pistol grips, or "bullet-buttons" instead of magazine-release levers, or Picatinny Rails instead of permanent fore-grips.
All those tricks of the AWB-evading trade are swept away now, and Gun Lookism is more about bullet-dispensing function, although the Evil Black Rifle designations are still in there. Put a pistol-grip on a 5-shot, internal-magazine, semi-auto hunting rifle and it is banned. Put a "war-purpose" feature on a semi-auto pistol, and it is banned. We don't even know which "war-purpose" features for pistols are going to be designated (nor even how they are defined), but they are banned in the new bill, which was apparently being revised up to it's release today (and it was delayed two days).
To counter this emotion, this hysteria, we must do two things, both dealing with how YOU handle hysteria:
- REFUSE to fear guns. You can sleep in a room full of them just as soundly as you sleep in a room without them. A gun is nothing to fear. Gun oil smell in the air works better than Ambien!
- REFUSE to be made into a victim because you have some infinitessimal chance of being killed by bullets. All you have to do is consider all the OTHER ways you might be in danger, ways with PROVEN odds of that danger, and you won't have time to worry about gun violence.
Just do those two things. You are okay, you really are. You aren't a victim, either, and there is no need to toss out the Bill of Rights' Second Amendment because of made-up fears.