The chart above merely shows a list of genocidal regimes and one shared characteristic: they all passed strict gun control laws prior to their civilian mass murdering sprees. This is not to argue that carrying out such atrocities is the intention of left-wingers, but no one can predict how a government would eventually behave after strict gun control laws are passed.
Conservatives are not in favor of gun possession because they are homicidal aggressors, but because they want to protect themselves from murderers and other criminals. They do not oppose gun control laws because they are totalitarians, but because they oppose potential totalitarians.
Lest anyone think this is a spurious argument, given the cases of Japan, U.K., Britain, and Norway, which currently have strict gun control laws and presumably low crime rates, observe that nearly every single nation among the 20th century’s greatest committers of murder-by-government or “democide” passed strict gun control laws. This includes Japan, whose first gun control law can be traced back to the 17th century. (Contrast the case of Switzerland for a counter-factual that high civilian gun possession rates can accompany low gun crime rates.)
The reason that civilian gun possession can lead to lower crime rates, more individual liberty, and increased security from authoritarian government is simple: the balance of threat. While naive leftists think that the state confiscating firearms removes the threat of gun violence, it actually only increases the tendency of a government to show disregard for individual life and liberty.
What keeps criminals at bay also keeps criminal governments at bay. As Thomas Jefferson put it, “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
Some might find another verified quote a bit more impressive, which comes from another opponent of British colonialism: “Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest” (p. 446). The author of these words? Mohandas Gandhi.
Featured image from NY Daily News.