Governments have a responsibility to ensure public safety, and a vested interest in providing human security and an environment conducive to development to their citizens. However, the excessive accumulation and universal availability of small arms negatively impact on security, human rights and social and economic development in many parts of the world. … The proliferation of small arms and light weapons represents a grave threat to human security. The unchecked spread of these weapons has exacerbated inter- and intra-state conflicts, contributed to human rights violations, undermined political and economic development, destabilized communities, and devastated the lives of millions of people. –From a UN Report, via PJM
Just to give you an idea, we have seized 75,000 guns and assault weapons in Mexico in the last three years. And more than 80 percent of those we have been able to trace came from the United States — from the United States. –The Mexican President in front of Congress, via The Foundry
Here is the reality, as detailed at the two links above. First, the private ownership of firearms is not a threat to freedom anyplace in the world. In fact, the opposite is true—private ownership of firearms is closely tied to personal freedom in other areas of life. Second, the statistics these gun banners use are flat lies. The second link shows how the Mexican President said one thing, and implied another. While technically he has skirted the lie, the implication is still a lie. Most of the guns Mexico traces are from the US, but only a tiny portion of the guns the Mexican police seize are ever traced—and most of those traced are traced because they are easy to trace, through the efficient and friendly US tracing system. It’s much like the old nonsense about most murders being committed by someone the victim knows. Sure that’s the way the statistics play out, because it’s a lot easier to catch the murderer if they’re among the victim’s acquaintances.
The liberal idea is that governments are legitimate if they have a monopoly of force. This is a lie. Governments are legitimate when they follow the rule of law, when those in government abide by the same laws they expect the citizens of the country to follow. The main reason liberals want the government to have a monopoly of power is because only then will they be able to force people to live the way they think is best.