“He seemed very set on the idea he was keeping people safe by looking after these weapons,” he added.If you watched the linked video, you can't shake the feeling that the people interviewed are talking about the weapons as though they were not only things that were inherently dangerous just sitting there, but that the had some sort of sinister agency, and might decide to hop up and do something bad, all of their own accord. This really is hoplophobia.
“He certainly didn’t see himself as a danger to others. But by the time we came across him, his life seemed to be deteriorating. Of course the fear was that they could fall into the wrong hands or, given that he had terminal cancer, something might change in his life and he would have access to hundreds of deadly weapons.”