They can’t live without it, despite their expostulations. They just want it to be one-sided.

As an American and a responsible gun owner, I can get everything I want without lifting a finger, let alone a firearm, in any sort of violent action — because what I want, at root, is to be left the f* alone to get on with my life.

Progressives can’t stand that. Leftoids demand the power to interfere with my life in all matters great and small, from who I’m allowed to listen to on the radio to how much salt I can have on my French fries. They demand the power to take my resources without let or hindrance, so they can redistribute them to their clients (while, of course, keeping just a teeny bit to support their own lifestyles). And they demand that the power of the State, force majeure based on weapons — guns — be used to support their oh-so-reasonable requests. It’s for the children!

Yes, there are self-declared conservatives, particularly “social cons”, who want to interfere with my life choices, backed up by Government Enforcers. They are almost as contemptible, but only almost, because they at least offer the grace of only wanting to poke their noses into a few well-defined subjects. It is the so-(mis)called “liberals”, the Progressive Left, who demand to be arbiters of everything, from how warm we can stay in winter to the definitions of words, from what and how to teach the children to the fat content of a hamburger, from where we can go to what the composition of automobile fuel must be and how much of it we are allowed to use.

Progressives like to present themselves as pacifists, vehemently opposed to “the culture of violence”. Any time a leftoid starts being vociferous on any subject, it is a good idea to assume that they are objecting to someone else employing the tactics they depend upon. The Left isn’t pacifist, it’s pusillanimous. They don’t care to wield the axe themselves, because the blood and bits of flesh stain their clothing and offend their delicate sensibilities — but the whole point of their gaining political power is to get control of the power of the State as expressed and maintained by people who are less delicate-minded.  When the Enforcers commit some outrage in support of the Progressive program, leftoids consider themselves free to respond with Calvin-eyes: “Who, me? I wouldn’t hurt a fly, and my hands are clean. It’s just the working out of the Law, and besides, the wreckers and obstructionists have to go, for the children.”

The Progressive Left loves guns and violence, because they are the only means for putting their program into place; they’re just too finicky to employ them in propria persona. Despite their declarations, their ardent desire is not to get rid of them, but to restrict their possession to themselves and the Enforcers they employ to compel adoption of The Plan of Good Works. It’s much safer for themselves and their agents if no one who might object is armed.