“When guns are outlawed, then only the outlaws have guns”
No, not only the outlaws will have guns but also the ruling elites, which is just as bad.
Do you really think that the elites will tell their bodyguards to carry down pillows from then on?
Outlawing of guns for law-abiding citizens is an indication that their lives have become of lesser value, as judged by the elites, and are no longer worthy of protection.
More to the point, the ruling elites are beginning to fear the reaction of the citizenry to their over reach of power. Disarmament of the citizens becomes imperative. Also imperative is getting control of the internet. The ability of the prols to communicate with each other freely is a real problem for a wannbe totalitarian ruling class. Their biggest fear? An armed and informed citizenry.