George Orwell on gun control

"The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do: they cannot give the factory-worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. THAT RIFLE HANGING ON THE WALL OF THE WORKING-CLASS FLAT OR LABOURER'S COTTAGE IS THE SYMBOL OF DEMOCRACY. IT IS OUR JOB TO SEE THAT IT STAYS THERE."
—Evening Standard, Jan. 8, 1941 (caps in original)*

Orwell was discussing the importance of a national militia, should Hitler's forces invade England; but his point is also pertinent here and now. 

Surely Orwell would approve of banning heavy weapons like the AR-15; but he would surely not have wanted the police to have them, either. 


*Quoted in Bernard Crick, George Orwell: A Life (Boston: Little Brown, 1980), p. 271.

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