At the time of the American revolution, the colonists in the British North American colonies faced the threat of British soldiers at their very doorsteps. In the years leading up to the conflict, the crown suspended all colonial rights to assemble in governance in the colony of Massachusetts, shut down their courts, and even attempted to seize the arms of the people. After the conflict raged on for eight bloody and toilsome years, the improbably happened, and a new nation was born. In 1787, several years after the treaty of Paris was signed which formally ended the conflict, the U.S. constitution was written, becoming the most radical governing document the world had ever seen. In an age of kings and despots, the American national government and its founding members were placing the direct responsibility of governance on the people themselves. In 1791, the bill of rights followed the constitution, and the American experiment in personal liberty, self-governance, and republican responsibility began.
Prospering for generations, American citizens enjoyed personal liberties unrivaled anywhere else in the world. Following the expansion of the federal government in the periods of the American Civil War and in World War Two, the entire dichotomy of American governance changed forever. Today, in the modern union, the country is truly a shell of what it once was, and citizens, increasingly distracted by entertainment, technology, and base comforts, have been naively unaware of the widespread violation of their rights at every level of governance. In California, the governor Gavin Newsom recently signed legislation doubling taxation on firearms and ammunition in the state, in a clear move to restrict individuals second amendment rights.
The federal government had already levied a tax of either 10 or 11 percent on the sale of firearms or ammunition. In the new law, state taxes on firearms added an additional 11%, making the purchase of a new gun subject to a tax of over 20%.