Many gun owners in the U.S. are opposed to gun control because they are law abiding citizens who believe they have a right to protect themselves, their families, and their property against villains who would ignore the gun control laws. Also, lurking in the recesses of their minds is the nagging fear that they might need to protect themselves from the government that disarmed them. Couldn't happen here, you say?
It's hard to predict the future, but there probably weren't many who predicted it would happen in Venezuela, either. But it is happening there as President Maduro called for arming citizen militia with military weapons. See 'A gun for every militiaman!': Venezuela's president wants to beef up armed civilian groups:
Maduro said he hopes to expand the number of civilians involved in the Bolivarian militias created by the late Hugo Chavez to 500,000, up from the current 100,000, and provide each member with a gun.
This is to protect his regime from protesters who he calls "traitors."
See also A lesson in Democracy from Venezuela where Russ Vaughn warns against Democrats' calls for disarming Americans. Ha! With record numbers of guns having been purchased by citizens in the last few years it's not likely those new gun owners will be too eager to relinquish them.
2:20 PM 4/21/2017