For those interested, a semi-competent blacksmith can make a usable gun and a manner of propelling an object with sufficient speed to penetrate simple armor and kill. Gunpowder can be made from natural materials from the Earth. The camel's nose is more than under the tent as the saying goes. There will be always firearms available to those who want them, our job as a society is responsibility in how they are used. The day citizens of the World lose their freedom to protect themselves will be the day of the greatest purge of mankind since the Earth was formed. Keep in mind that despots and dictators prefer unarmed peasants. If you doubt my words, read up on Uday and Qusay as well as Saddam and their ideas of how to keep the populace under control.
“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.” —John Stuart Mill