“Only the government should have guns.” (mantra of progressives who seek total control)
Where do we find this information, that only the government should have guns? I can find nothing even close in the Constitution – the Law of the Land. In fact, the only place I find “arms” addressed in the Constitution states the very opposite: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The right to keep and bear arms is enumerated as a right of the people, understood by the Founding Fathers as a natural right emanating from God, and it was established that the right to keep and bear was not to be infringed upon by the government.
The fact is, whenever one group of people seeks to establish control over another group of people, it is incumbent, upon those with the intent to control others, to confiscate any weapons from the hands of those whom they seek to control.
Hitler did it; Stalin did it; Mao did it, Pol Pot did it, etc. And what followed close on the heels of disarming the population? I will not insult your intelligence.
This was not a new tactic; it was well known and stretches back as far as you can trace one group of people trying to lord it over another group of people. The first recorded instance of weapons confiscation, that I know of, is recorded in the Bible, in the First Book of Samuel (the prophet), in chapter 13.
Israel and the Philistine were preparing for battle. Israel sought to throw off the tyrannical rule of the Philistines. But, in preparation for such a day, the Philistines had made sure to disarm the Israelites.
v19 – Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:
v20 – But all the Israelites went down to the Philistines, to sharpen every man his share, and his coulter, and his axe, and his mattock.
Not only had the Philistines confiscated all the weapons of the Israelites, they had also confiscated anything they thought could be used as a weapon so that the Israelites had to go to the Philistines even to have their farming implements sharpened.
Fortunately, the Israelites had found a work-around:
v21 – Yet they had a file for the mattocks, and for the coulters, and for the forks, and for the axes, and to sharpen the goads.
v22 – So it came to pass in the day of battle, that there was neither sword nor spear found in the hand of any of the people that were with Saul and Jonathan: but with Saul and with Jonathan his son was there found.
Only King Saul and his son, Jonathan, had swords, but the Israelites prevailed that day and threw off the yoke of the Philistines.
And the history of weapon confiscation has carried on to this day because it is virtually assured that if a population is to be controlled, that population has to be docile and unarmed.
When we are told that only the government should have weapons, we need to respond with the resounding question: “Says who?”