Excellent article, but I disagree with the phrase "self-indulgent grandstanding." These people are attempting to deceive citizens into thinking that only "professionals" should have guns. They desire a situation such as that in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, or any other place where the people have little effective defense against whatever the tyrannical government wants to do. Yes, we could still use knives, clubs, or whatever, but the most effective defense would be gone. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING.