I like this guy's site and the articles are well worth the read. http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/violence_geeks.htm Synopsis: many are on the quest for the ultimate 'tool', whatever that is at the moment, that can assure the owner of immunity from scary situations, physical harm or dealing with coarse reality. A natural human reaction I would say but I think the point of the article is that he states there are those whom he calls "violence geeks" who become fanatically involved in the minutia of all these things and are on the one hand itching to pull the trigger or draw a blade, but then again are actually very terrified of the world in general, and are somewhat damaged individuals. He considers them rather dangerous as they can quickly act out of fear way out of proportion to a situation or out of anger as they vent a lifetime of frustration. They are "geeks" in the same way someone might be a D&D geek or sports geek. He's talking someone with an immersion beyond a hobby but immersed in it like a fan of a particular team that can recite all the batting averages from a pennant winning lineup, etc. Except these guys are retreating into the world of weapons as a means to insulate themselves from the world or their feelings. I like some of the points he makes in this and other articles, such as, just because you're scared of a situation or someone, doesn't mean lethal force was justified. Good stuff. Read for yourselves.