Stanislaw Mishin, in the post entitled “Americans Never Give Up Your Guns” nails it:
The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly. So it is our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted? Then, please explain how we can trust them or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture?
Exactly. Goes back to the understanding that all humans are flawed and need restraints (that is, no one is above the law). Mr. Mishin continues:
No it is about power and a total power over the people. There is a lot of desire to bad mouth the Tsar, particularly by the Communists, who claim he was a tyrant, and yet under him we were armed and under the progressives disarmed. Do not be fooled by a belief that progressives, leftists hate guns. Oh, no, they do not. What they hate is guns in the hands of those who are not marching in lock step of their ideology. They hate guns in the hands of those who think for themselves and do not obey without question. They hate guns in those whom they have slated for a barrel to the back of the ear.
And, before you think that such statements are too much, just look at all the calls for the deaths of those who supported Second Amendment in recent weeks.
No one is disputing that there is power in the hands of him or her who holds a gun. The question is, who is doing the holding?