I recently discovered this in draft form. It’s old, but not out of date.
Many years ago my father talked frequently about what he called “the Spock theory of government.” No, not the pointy-eared Spock; Star Trek had not appeared on TV yet. He was referring to Dr. Benjamin Spock, the baby doctor who wrote the standard Boomer parenting manual. I doubt that Dad ever read Dr. Spock. My well-learned habit of calling him “Sir” indicates that if he did, he didn’t act on many of the doctor’s theories.
According to Spock (as understood by Neal), parents should “never punish a child for improper behavior, just keep harmful things out of his reach.” The theory underpins Prohibition, both the Volstead Act of the 1920’s and the modern drug prohibition, and every gun control law. The government, especially that portion of the government represented by the Democratic Party, sees itself as the parent of a fractious and unruly bood of children, also known as We the People. African-Americans in particular fit in that category. As evidence, I submit a “study” from Josh Sugarmann’s Violency Policy Center:
“blacks, like all victims of homicide, guns — usually handguns — are far and away the number one murder tool. Successful efforts to reduce America’s black homicide toll must put a focus on reducing access to firearms.”