A few years ago I heard a representative of the Brady Campaign on NPR (yes I listen to NPR) discussing some proposed legislation. The commentator mentioned that in reality the legislation would have little really impact and the Brady Bunch guy agreed. Then in a moment of honesty he admitted their goal was no ownership of guns by civilians, and that their strategy to achieve that was to implement minor seemingly reasonable restrictions until their goal was reached.
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
- Milton Friedman