You guys got it all wrong.
"[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually......"
They're not going to just up and declare all guns illegal all at once.
As previous posters have pointed out, and I agree 110%,thats damn near impossible.
Instead,they will use their old standby- Progressive increments.
First,they will get everyone to agree that we should have a system of regulation for fully automatic and other "military grade" or "unusual" weapons,based on a tax scheme.
In order to pay the tax to own the specific weapon,you must have permission granted by a background check.
Then,they will adopt a "law" that specifies in detail what kinds of arms are allowed to be imported,what you can own along "sporting uses" lines,who may or may not have arms,as well as setting up an agency to police arms within the nation.
The list of arms prohibited will grow to include more prohibited weapons and accouterments.
The list of prohibited possessors will grow as well as will the severity of the penalty for violating this "law",every time they can get a majority to agree to deprive a certain minority of what were once inalienable rights.
"It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it."
"Rights come from GOD not the state. You have rights antecedent to any earthly governments rights that can not be repealed or restrained by human laws. Rights derived from the great legislator: God."
Then you will have to undergo a government background check to purchase any arms at all.
And finally,the courts will rule that you do in fact have a right to arms,but only in accordance with "reasonable government regulations',which legitimatizes "gun control" efforts by the "modern interpretation" of the Second Amendment itself.
Each time a tragedy occurs there will be a push for more "reasonable regulations".
A man shoots another man who was trying to beat his brains into the pavement and they will try to do away with carrying arms.
A lunatic kills a dozen people in a random shooting and they push to take away certain accessories and "reasonably restrict" your ability to buy/own "assault weapons".
And bit by bit,we go along with it......were all "law abiding",right?
They're not trying to take EVERYTHING away from everyone,and at least some of us can still own SOME guns,right?
And after all,we don't want the evil (fill in the blank) to have guns,right?
"I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations."
-James Madison,Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 16, 1788
Till one day....not in the too distant future:
All we have left are bolt action .22's,single shot break breech .410's and 5 shot revolvers with calibers no larger then .30.All registered,as well as their owners being registered,and there can be no transfer besides government approved sales.
Then they'll take those,too.
"Prevention of popular insurrections and resistance to the government, by disarming the bulk of the people ... is a reason oftener meant than avowed ...."
"When they took the fourth amendment, I was silent because I don't deal drugs.
When they took the sixth amendment, I kept quiet because I know I'm innocent.
When they took the second amendment, I said nothing because I don't own a gun.
Now they've come for the first amendment, and I can't say anything at all."
— Tim Freeman email@example.com