Guns, regardless of how you feel about them are important to you. I don't care if you are completely apathetic about them, the possession of firearms in the hands of the populace is important to you. Want to know why? Because of the tendency of some to seek and attain absolute control over other people. In short, some people are tyrants.
Tyranny is not the exclusive realm of an iron-fisted lunatic that keeps his subjects in fear through the use of midnight raids and secret police interrogations, it can be exercised on an individual level. The thug that preys on the elderly, the weak, and the infirm is a tyrant. The policeman that uses his badge of authority to steal, rape, or kill is a tyrant. ANYONE that abuses their badge or office of authority for personal gain, is participating in tyranny and, by extension, is themselves a petty tyrant. The politician that works to seize private property from individuals is a tyrant.
Understand, these people have existed all through history. We were warned about them in The Bible,
1 Samuel 8: 10-18
10 Samuel told all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, "This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."
Samuel knew it in Biblical times, but he could not know that what came about far surpassed his most dire warnings. In Feudal Japan, a member of the Samurai class could kill someone from a lower caste with impunity. In feudal Europe, someone who insulted a nobleman could be beaten, tortured, or executed. Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, Mao's China, and Pol Pot's Cambodia, were all scenes of the most horrible atrocities imaginable. They slaughtered millions of their own citizens, including thousands of those that helped them come into power! Loyalty, honor, and decency mean nothing to those whose only desire in life is the acquisition of power. 'The end justifies the means' is their philosophy, and the means usually results in poverty and death for those who are not among the privileged few.
Of course, they will claim that their actions are necessary to provide national/state/individual security. They will identify some 'other' that is a terrible threat and claim that individuals must sacrifice liberty to insure that everyone is 'safe'. Mind you, none of the measures and sanctions they propose will apply to them. Communist dictators, Nazi despots, and U.S. Senators all have numerous things in common but the most obvious is that those in positions of authority considered themselves above the law. You see, they're special. They need to be able to work unfettered by the legal limits imposed upon the benighted masses because of the huge sacrifice they make in the name of public service. If they were subject to the same limitations upon their income and liberty as you and I, they would be too distracted by the mechanics of day-to-day living to be effective as legislators. There may be some evidence that they are right. After all, just look how many of them are too busy to pay their taxes!
One sure sign that a tyrant lurks behind the perfect smile and the aw-shucks demeanor is how tirelessly they work to make it impossible for the average citizens to fend for themselves. You see, they need the people to be complacent, docile, and dependent upon the government. To that end, they do their level best to control your money, control your food, and especially, prevent you from having the means to defend yourself. From the Samurai, to the Nazis, to the Communists, to the Democrats, one sure sign that things are going to get worse is when the government prohibits its citizens from possessing any material that would put them on an equal or superior footing with those that aspire to be their masters.
However, despite their predations upon the bank accounts, paychecks, and property of the middle class, they also have something else in common and I can sum it up in one sentence; "A tyrant fears nothing else as much as he does an angry, armed subject who is no longer willing to tolerate his tyranny."
That is a true, unassailable fact.
Imagine the absolute shock experienced by the Feudal Samurai when he found himself on the losing end of a fight with a pissed off Okinawan fisherman armed with a boat oar, or the fear that blossomed within the chest of the German soldier that watched in horror as the bedraggled, starving, remnants of the Warsaw Ghetto threw firebombs at his column. Or, if you prefer something a little closer to home, how about the consternation felt by the criminal when he encounters a "victim" that hasn't read the part of the script that says he is supposed to comply to the criminal's demands?
Guns are important. Tyrants fear those that own them. And if some tyrant, petty or otherwise, attempts to force his will upon gun owners, there is one overwhelming reality he must face: we still have a say in the matter.