“The right of citizens to bear arms is just one more guarantee against arbitrary government, and one more safeguard against a tyranny which now appears remote in America, but which historically has proved to be always possible,” said Democrat Hubert Humphrey, vice president and presidential candidate in 1968.
Humphrey’s remarks were significant because it was during this period that the swelling demographic of the baby-boomer generation and its coddled attitudes fostered by grateful parents, survivors of the Depression and World War II, began to make itself apparent. As is often the case with heirs to self-made fortunes, parents desire their children to have an easier time than themselves, often not recognizing that it was just such difficulties that properly molded them.
The baby boomer desire to not be held accountable or take responsibility for actions has led to a never-ending stream of theories that seek to distance people from results. It is from this witches brew of self-indulgence and externalization of wrongdoing that modern gun control is born.