I’ve come to realize what a good test one’s attitude towards guns is about whether someone’s mind is liberty oriented. If one is okay with police having guns — whoever is designated as having authority — but panicked at the thought of their fellow man or themselves having guns, then that is someone who does not think like a free person. He places a magical aura around whoever is in charge and only thinks they can wield power. This will come up again in other areas, such as letting government make economic decisions but fearing individual people making those decisions themselves. Is it any wonder Bloomberg who is archaically anti-gun is so hostile to individual freedom in so many other areas? Because, as reflected in his view on gun ownership, he just doesn’t fundamentally buy into the concept of liberty at all.
On the other hand, a nice way of looking at things is that as bad as things have gotten in this country with economic liberty, we still have a healthy respect for gun rights so there is a limit to how bad things can get for people who in their hearts respect freedom.