Before guns, their was brute force powered by muscles. Look back at the ancient Greeks & Romans. In battles, sometimes tens of thousands of men were killed, using just spears, axes, swords, etc. And dictators too or just tyrants of clans could impose their will on society and innocent victims simply by out-muscling them. The gun is the "equalizer"--Just because you are bigger and stronger than me, I don't have to be afraid. People really aren't born equal, it's the gun that makes us equal.