It's not about guns...it's about control. At the heart of the debate is the fundamental concept of how much trust to place in individuals. Leftists have never allowed a place for the individual in society because the left's entire system depends on pillaging individuals in order to buy a majority. Individual thought and action must therefore be drummed out of society in order to subordinate the individual to the will of the State. This theme has run through every piece of left-wing legislation, from helmet and seatbelt laws to taxation to gun laws to food restrictions. People who are utterly dependent on the State for their safety, security, health, and livelihoods are much less likely to resist it.