December 20, 2022

The End of Gun Control has a double meaning.

On one hand it describes the desires of gun control advocates who, despite their purported aims, are not against the presence of guns in society but want to wield decision-making authority over how guns are used or accessed and, most importantly, by whom.

On the other hand, the end of gun control describes a path to stop all efforts to deny free people the right to be secure in their persons, property, and effects along with the most suitable means of protecting their own interests.

Conventional gun control advocates are, apparently, comfortable with a special, privileged segment of the population having exclusive control over firearms and using, or threatening to use, violence in order to prevent everyone else from enjoying those same rights equally.

Another aspect of examining the end of gun control is to follow the chains of reasoning being presented to their logical conclusions.

Whether knowingly or not, gun control advocates are agitating to use the power of the state to create a caste system of privileges for some and disqualifications for others.  It is an effort to segment society into groups of the preferred and deplored with differing rights for the individuals in each of these separate baskets created by self-appointed social engineers.

Those people within the special caste are privileged with the right to keep and bear arms while those outside of the caste are disqualified from doing so without a license from those within it.  The key characteristics of this caste, that gun control advocates are agitating to create, is their employment by the state and the exclusive use of firearms to police the rest of society.

In other words, gun control advocates are pining for a police state.

Another key feature of the special armed caste, born of the gun controllers design, is their provisioning and subsistence through the public treasury.  Only those who work as enforcers for the state can keep and bear arms.  In the eyes of modern gun control advocates only special people, loyal to politicians and established government bureaucracies can be trusted with arms while the rest of society should be mandated to pay for the maintenance of this privileged caste.

Rather than providing for equality under the law and the right of every citizen to be secure in their persons, houses, and effects, living under the ends gun control advocates intend means everyone will be subject to the whims of the privileged caste.  The politicians, bureaucrats, and armed enforcers can dictate the terms of regulation, along with the taxes to be paid, without restraint or fear of credible resistance.

Under such an arrangement, there can be no practical adherence to limited and enumerated authorities delegated through the consent of the governed in a federated constitutional republic.  Obviously, the vision held by gun control advocates is incompatible with a free society, the principles behind the Declaration of Independence, equal justice under a common law, and the basic tenets of decentralized self-government.