Private firearms are not actually forbidden in Spain. But decades of propaganda have actually convinced people that owning a gun is dangerous, inappropriate and the kind of thing only “right-wing extremist nut-jobs” do. It works just as well as prohibition. Most people don’t really know that they can own a handgun if they want to.
Now, if you try to explain to them what the 2nd Amendment of the USA is all about (“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”) they look at you with incredulity and even hostility.
“Militias? Armed common people in order to maintain freedom? What the hell are you talking about? Guns should only be in the hands of the police or the army…”
They see gun ownership as the mark of a weirdo, an extremist, a policeman or soldier wannabe. And the whole concept of keeping the State in check is totally alien to them. They see the State as their master and are so accustomed to that, that they can’t possibly conceive any other way of living.
And this is the “paradise” the current POTUS wants for America. It goes beyond total gun control. People in their minds, must despise guns.
To achieve this gun-free “nirvana”, the Democrat party follows the same template used with tobacco. Even the language is similar: “guns kill/smoking kills”, “gun-free zone/smoke-free zone”. They demonize and lie and then lie some more. They enact regulations that slice the freedom to own a gun or smoke tobacco one small cut at a time, relentlessly and almost imperceptibly, but with one clear goal in mind: total prohibition.
Eric Holdner, former Attorney General, unashamedly expressed the strategy of the Obama administration:
“What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes. You know, when I was growing up, people smoked all the time. Both my parents did. But over time, we changed the way that people thought about smoking, so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it.”
Looks pretty clear to me what they want.
Oh, I forgot to mention. I don’t own a gun. But I do smoke. And I defend the freedom to do both.