I’ve heard that phallic symbol argument before, and always from ineffectual people driven to make everyone else as helpless as they are. Who’s more confused, those who think weapons are sexual organs, or those who want to take everyone’s sexual organs away?
1979, “The Probability Broach”, p.120 By L. Neil Smith
[Via email from PKoning.
RIP L Neil Smith. We miss you.
BTW, a book of his that was in the editor’s hands when he died is scheduled to be published in June, according to ncc-1776.org. It’s another volume in the “Pallas” series, entitled “Ares”, technically a “prequel” I think.