There are some anti-gun zealots who believe that EVERY gun (and most likely sword or bayonet as well) should be taken away from law abiding citizens and destroyed. They claim it is "for the children" or will "prevent violence" or other noble sounding reasons. These misguided souls are unable to show where a gun ban, or other increased gun control laws have ever been successful, even total bans on private arms ownership. England, Australia, Washington DC and Chicago are decimated by gun violence, because criminals simply do not obey the law, leaving only disarmed victims. They want to take YOUR guns away,not matter how old, how valuable, or how historic. They have a long list of various excuses about why some specific type of gun is too big, or too small, or too cheap, or too ugly, or something else, and IT should be banned. Regrettably, in 1986, gun owners fell for that scheme and most ignored the attacks on continued manufacture of machine guns, effectively shutting off that area of arms collecting. In 1994 "assault weapons" (whatever that means) were banned, because the shotgun and pistol owners didn't pay much attention. Henceforth, it is imperative that EVERY gun owner resist EVERY attempt to pass ANY sort of restriction on private gun ownership. Your derringer collection or your properly licensed self defense pistol will be attacked as a "pocket rocket" or cheap "Saturday night special". Your engraved trap gun will become a potential "sawed- off shotgun gangster weapon." Your deer rifle or prized target rifles will be described as "evil sniper rifles that can kill from a great distance."
We need to encourage youngsters who have some interest in firearms. Years ago nearly every boy (and may girls) were given a rifle of their own when their parents thought it was appropriate for them to learn about gun safety and marksmanship. This was usually about ages 10 to 12, and many high schools had rifle teams as well as most colleges with their ROTC programs. Sadly, the antigun folks have successfully sold the myth that access to, or even knowledge about, firearms has suddenly caused an increase in violent crime especially gun violence. Research should show that decades of permissive parents, glorified violence from the "entertainment" industry, and an education industry bent on indoctrination and power are the real culprits. The end of traditional universal military service where every young man learned gun safety and marksmanship as part of their obligation to serve our country has also eroded familiarity with those topics.