Quote from Raymond G. Kessler 

"In truth, attempts to regulate the civilian possession of firearms have five political functions. They
(1) increase citizen reliance on government and tolerance of increased police powers and abuse;
(2) help prevent opposition to the government;
(3) facilitate repressive action by government and its allies;
(4) lessen the pressure for major or radical reform; and
(5) can be selectively enforced against those perceived to be a threat to government."

Quote by:
Raymond G. Kessler
Lawyer, sociologist, professor Dept. of Criminal Justice, Sul Ross State University
"Gun Control and Political Power", Law and Policy Quarterly, Vol. 5 (July) 1988, pp. 381-400
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