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June 27, 2007 - 9:04 am

It is important when on TV to think before you speak because sometimes what you say can be misconstrued or add to sterotypes that lead others to discount expert opinions. a href=”http://www.snowflakesinhell.com/?p=915″Sebastian at Snowflakes in Hell has a post/a and a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDZUSN8_o3Meurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Esnowflakesinhell%2Ecom%2F”link to a CNN video /a showing a discussion of risk factors between three experts discussing pregnant women killed by boyfriends. One of the risk factors is men who own guns, says the commentator and asksa href=”http://patbrownprofiling.blogspot.com/” criminal profiler Pat Brown /ato comment. “Psychopaths are fascinated by weaponry ….If you are hooking up with a guy with a big gun collection or those big ninja knives it’s a big red flag, he’s not doing yoga….if he loses it with you or in his life–he may eliminate you.” A poor choice of words. br /br /It implies that men who own guns may be psychopaths who will kill you. That’s silly, and I hope that Ms. Brown did not mean to say this–it is false. Psychopaths are very rare anyway, and gun owners are common. The fact is that the majority of emlegal/em gun owners in this country are found to be more law abiding–not less. The a href=”http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles/urdel.pdf”Department of Justice /adid a study and found that a href=”http://www.keepandbeararms.com/information/XcIBViewItem.asp?ID=563″”Boys who own legal firearms have much lower rates of delinquency /aand drug use (than boys who own illegal guns) and are even slightly less delinquent than non-owners of guns.” Ms. Brown would probably be careful to avoid smearing an entire racial group with charges of criminality, and I hope that next time she’ll be careful to avoid similar statements about gun owners.br /br /And by the way, a href=”http://www.saysuncle.com/archives/2007/06/26/ask_dr_helen”Say Uncle, in response to your question, am I psycho? /a Not for being a gunowner but that’s about all I can vouch for at the moment.br /br /strongUpdate:/strong Criminal Profiler Pat Brown responds in the comments:br /br /blockquoteWasn’t it just a few months ago when I got wailed on by the left during the Virginia Tech massacre for suggesting kids should carry guns to school to protect themselves? Sometime during the many interviews I did that week I said something to the effect that if we allowed concealed carry on campuses maybe someone would have taken Cho out. I am a big fan of concealed carry because I know criminals carry concealed weapons all the time and I would like to even the field with some honest citizens carrying a few themselves so criminals don’t think no one will shoot back. I think of how many lives would be saved if only someone in the school or company could defend against mass murderers instead of allowing these killers from mowing down a bunch of sitting ducks who are desperately try to hide behind furniture to save their lives.br /br /Now, after doing interviews on the Jesse Davis murder, those from the right are taking one statement out of context and going nuts about it. It seems they think that I believe any man who owns a gun is a danger to women. If I thought that, I guess I would be talking about my own father and my own son. They have guns for personal protection. For that matter, my daughter has guns for personal protection and I also own firearms for personal protection. I am all for gun ownership for personal protection. Clearly, I was not saying a man with a gun is a psychopath.br /br /Nor was I saying a man who might have a collection of guns is a psychopath. I know many of these men as well. They are hunters or lovers of antiques or do a lot of target shooting. What I was talking about during the Paula Zahn Show was the combination of psychopathic behavior and an obsession with weaponry as psychopath love weapons as it gives them a feeling of power and control. Psychopaths do indeed have a fascination with guns and knives and just because the rest of us might happen to own weapons or even have a number of them as a hobby doesn’t eliminate the fact that psychopaths may also be shopping at the gun store with us.br /br /Women must learn to differentiate between psychological healthy men and unpsychologically healthy men if they want to keep from getting into a dangerous life threatening situation. No one trait will be proof that an individual is a psychopath but add a bunch of traits together and this is a warning. A kind, honorable, honest man with a gun collection is not a psychopath or a danger to anyone but a lying, manipulative, arrogant creep who has a cache of twenty weapons is someone a woman wants to get the hell away from. A man who teaches history at the local junior high school and happens to have a collection of Asian swords is not someone a woman should be frightened of but a man who obsessively watches ninja flicks, brags about how he used to be in the CIA, can’t keep a job, calls women sluts and whores, and owns a huge collection of swords and daggers, now there is a guy a woman wants should avoid like the plague.br /br /Anyone who watched the actual Paula Zahn Show and paid attention to the whole conversation and intent would clearly know I was not labeling gun owners psychopaths. Unfortunately, when words are taken out of context and printed on the Internet, often the meaning of those words get misunderstood. I apologize to any gun owners (who aren’t psychopaths) who thought they were the target of my statements. I respect your constitutional rights to own firearms and would never want to see those taken away. I, like you, want to be sure I can protect myself and my family. I wouldn’t want it any other way.br /br /Criminal Profiler Pat Brown/blockquote

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