"Which at it's most reductionist comes down to... oppression of the working classes by the political elite in maintenance of the status quo."
Interesting argument as most victims of gun crime are, I believe, relatively poor people.
The reference was very explicitly to the Firearms Act of 1920 - which you would know, having specifically omitted that line. You know - the 1920 which came shortly after the 1917 when the Romanovs were taken out and murdered by the the poor people (which followed the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland).
It was a legitimate concern for the government back then.
These days of course, not so much.