The regime started this fire before they found out that Zimmerman is not a Jew they could profile. When they discovered the black teen thug wannabe had tried to beat to death an Hispanic man, they counted on the fecklessness of the republicants to not raise the Truth about the real crime. The regime wanted to attack gun rights and stand your ground and they calculated that the republicants were too cowardly to point out forcefully that George Zimmeramn is and was then an obviously Hispanic man whom skittlebrain was trying to beat to death. After all these decades, the republicants still do not fully comprehend the divide and conquer regimen and how to combat it.
If they can deny the right to self-defense in all its forms they will have won the battle over the Second Amendment. As a matter of fact, from their point of view it is an easier, cheaper, and more comprehensive solution.
The fault in the thinking of those who would pass legislation restricting the right to bear and keep arms is that as they do so they are making law-abiding citizens more vulnerable to violence done to them by lawbreakers. Their ultimate solution is to eliminate guns completely but they cannot say so. Meanwhile, they are confronted with the anomaly of increasing gun violence by the very means they advance to reduce it. They know what they are doing, they know their ultimate goal (to grab all guns) but they cannot sell that notion for political reasons so they must find a way to bridge the gap until they can completely social engineer society to their liking.
Depriving us of the right to self-defense is a silver bullet which solves that problem for them with a legislative stroke-or even better with the stroke of a judicial pen.