Airstrip One 1920: In the interest of public safety, all firearm owners must be licensed.
Airstrip One 1937 – Personal defence is no longer a valid reason for a firearms license. “Firearms cannot be regarded as a suitable means of protection and may be a source of danger” (Which I believe is the IngSoc equivalent of “No one needs an AR-15.”)
Airstrip One 1968 – All rifles and pistols must be registered with the Government in the interest of public safety.
Airstrip One 1988 – For the good of public safety, semi-automatic rifles are banned. Shotguns must be registered.
Airstrip One 1997 – Thank you for registering your guns. Now turn them in or go to prison, for the good of public safety.
Airstrip One 2018 – Knife violence is out of control. “No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”
I am told the slippery slope is a fallacy, but damb if it doesn’t look like our British cousins slid right down one.
So, what’s next? Outlaw hammers and bottles? Outlaw sharp pointy sticks? Outlaw rocks? Outlaw weightlifting because big strong men are intimidating?
Note to leftists; this is why no one believes you when you claim you don’t want to confiscate guns.
P.S. With London’s crime rate now exceeding New York City’s, the Metropolitan Police Department is tasking nearly 1,000 officers to investigate people who make politically incorrect comments in social media.