Well, obviously the government isn’t “coming for your guns.”
They certainly didn’t come for James Holmes’ semi-automatic rifle or the two pistols that he managed to get into the theater. (12 dead, 71 wounded.) Similarly, they didn’t come for Sueng-Hui Cho’s .22 pistol or his 9mm Glock before he locked all the doors at Virginia Tech and simply had at it. (32 dead, 25 wounded.)
The ATF didn’t kick down James Huberty’s door and confiscate his Uzi, his Winchester 12 gauge shotgun or his Browning 9mm before he walked into a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California. (21 dead, 19 wounded.)
The tyrannical federal government absolutely did not oppress George Hennard before he went into a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas. He was still in safe, legal possession of his Glock 17 and his Ruger P89 when he opened fire. (23 dead, 20 wounded.)
Jim Adkisson’s 2nd Amendment rights seemed to be humming along pretty good when he walked into a Unitarian church in Knoxville, Tennessee and opened fire with a 12 gauge Remington. (2 dead, 7 wounded.)
Amy Bishop enjoyed the full protection of the United States Constitution right up to the point where she pulled out her 9mm pistol at a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama at Huntsville and started shooting. (3 dead, 3 wounded.) It should be noted that her 2nd Amendment rights were fully intact despite shooting and killing her 18 year old brother back in 1986.
The ATF didn’t exist back in 1966, but whichever sinister branch of the federal government was responsible for coming for the guns of the populace back then didn’t bother at all with Charles Whitman, who took an M1 Garand, a .35 caliber Remington rifle, a 6mm Remington rifle with a scope, a .357 Magnum Smith & Wesson revolver, a 9mm Luger pistol, a .25 caliber Galesi-Brescia pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun up the top of the tower at UT Austin and started shooting. (16 dead, 32 wounded.)
There are dozens upon dozens upon dozens of incidents like this, and many of them were done by people who purchased their guns entirely within their rights as citizens of the United States. So please, spare me the idiotic rhetoric about how the government is “coming for your guns.”
The debate is over. The guns win. Forget any concerns or even minor reasonable restrictions. There are too many guns to keep track of, or to even regulate. We might as well just start selling them in vending machines, or in the bargain rack at Walgreens.
So all you paranoids out there can relax. All of you folks who believe that the only thing standing between America and Soviet-style oppression is your deer rifle and your membership in the East Cleetus County Freedom and Liberty Militia can stand down now. Everyone who somehow thinks that our government (which is capable of obliterating entire city blocks from 30,000 feet) won’t be able to sleep easy until they get ahold of your stupid little .38 caliber revolver will have to find some other self-important delusion with which to occupy yourselves.
All’s well. Fire away.