Then along came the crossbow, presenting the first material threat to the battlefield superiority of the armored knight. Its short compound bow, made of layered wood, bone, and horn, could propel a short thick arrow (or “quarrel”) at a speed that would penetrate light armor. Thus the armored warrior, the aristocrat in war or peace, could be killed by an opponent he could not get his hands on – worse, an opponent from the lower classes. It wasn’t fair, and if it wasn’t fair to the lords, it probably was not in keeping with God’s will. A pope went so far as to ban the use of the crossbow by Christians, but the ban had no noticeable effect. Bans on weapons never work because they are always accompanied by the unspoken caveat, “We wont use it unless we absolutely must in order to win.”
John J. Robinson – Born in Blood
[At the time the crossbow evened the battlefield much like modern firearms level the game of self-defense. That unspoken caveat also comes back around to have an advantage over your enemy, or prey depending the view being war or criminal activity. Every criminal wants to win and even the gun grabbers admit that criminals can follow that unspoken caveat and have a right to arms.
Who needs guns then? Well, hunters need guns for the sport. Some people need guns for their profession– law enforcement, security guards, people who transport cash from businesses to banks, etc., gang members, drug cartels, felons, robbers and those who, without a gun, could not do their jobs.
Remember gun control has absolutely nothing to with stopping violence, protecting people, but everything to do with control. That has been the role of weapons prohibition always, even back to the middle ages. The church attempted to limit arms to protect nobility. You can’t say no to someone who can trample you with a horse you can’t stop, who you can’t effectively fight. Those who want your guns, want you disarmed so they can tell you what to do without fear of you defending yourself. -B]