The anti-gun vs. pro-gun debate closely follows party lines, with some exceptions where the politician crosses over to satisfy his constituents in a very red or very blue state. Basically, the Dems want to take our guns while the Repubs want us to keep them. Why does this philosophical divide exist? Is it because Dems want the tentacles of government to reach deeper into our lives; do they want us to be more dependent on government for personal/family/property protection? Is it because Repubs shun over-reaching government, and they want us to retain self sufficiency for protecting all that we hold dear? Is there a deeper, darker motive behind Democrats wanting our firearms? Are there secret, sinister reasons for chipping away at 2A that have to do with moving our society towards total dependence on government...socialism or worse? Much is said here at GT about government (Progressives) wanting our firearms, but the reasons for concern aren't clear to me. What drives their agenda doggedly towards more regulation, creeping towards gun registration and, ultimately, confiscation? We know the worst-case scenario has happened in other countries, but why would it happen in the USA at the hands of Democrats?