1994 and the republicans taking control of the US House of Rep. for the first time in like 40 years or so. The reason? The assault weapons ban. Bill Clinton admitted that many of his democratic congressmen lost their seats as a result of voting for the ban. This was the wake up call that the federal govt. was indeed going to ban a whole new class of firearms. Also, the underhanded way they went about it probably had something to do with it. We saw our own government misleading and creating confusion over semi auto vs. full auto so that they could ban semi autos. The american people seem to get the hair up on our backs when the federal government lies to us in an attemp to fool us. That doesn't seem to always sit too well.
"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." Samuel Adams.