Too many white men suffer from irrational fears and deep-seated insecurity — and the social consequences are dire
By Joe Hayden, Published September 19, 2021 12:00PM (EDT)
I once lived next door to a guy in Memphis who owned more than a hundred firearms, some of which were strewn around his two-bedroom house and even lying on the kitchen counter.
I saw them when he asked me to come over one afternoon to help him move his 700-pound gun safe. Neil, as I’ll call him, also kept two large dogs, one of which was a cane corso that was so unpredictable it couldn’t be allowed near his two young children.
Neil was a nice guy but perpetually anxious and nervous, which in turn made me uneasy about his family’s safety. I worried about a gun accident or one of the dogs getting loose and mauling a passerby.
The fact is, there are a lot of Neils in America — white guys in a near-constant state of fear about their personal safety.
And rather than being merely pitiful, guys like Neil are actually dangerous.