After reading this post by Silicon Graybeard, I was reminded of the movie Farewell to the King, specificaly the part where British Army Captain Fairbourne, on his way to see General MacArthur, asks a reluctant Learoyd, an American deserter who is now "King" of the Dayak tribe on Borneo, what he'd like in return for his tribe's assistance in the war against Japan.
Capt. Fairbourne: What do you want?
Learoyd: Freedom, to be like we are.
Capt. Fairbourne: Anything else?
Learoyd: Guns. So they can't take the freedom away.
Capt. Fairbourne: Well, I'll see what I can do.
Learoyd: And grenades, mortars and mines, so they can't take the guns away.
When I heard that last line the first time that I saw this movie, I was so caught up in the moment that I stood up and yelled "YES!" as loudly as I could, much to the amusement of other people in the theater and to the mortification of my then girlfriend who had dragooned me to see this movie. But I'm reminded of that moment every time that our elected public "servants" start talking about taking our guns away from us.
In 1775, the British marched on Concord to seize the people's guns.
In 1835 the Mexicans marched on Gonzales to seize the people's guns.
Neither attempt at confiscation was successful but both kicked off something that the government forces later came to regret. The question before us now is a simple one: Does our current government learn from the past mistakes of others? As they talk openly of coming for our high-capacity magazines and our fighting rifles, I really have to wonder.