Does anyone have an educated theory about the motives behind governmental gun control?
With elected officials, by and large the main drive is getting votes. In the words of Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles, "We have to protect our phoney baloney jobs here, gentlemen!"
Some politicians are driven by a belief...but most only want to stay in office and will generally do what the loudest voices or special interest groups tell them to do. Sometimes that's not a bad thing. But in this case making it clear to your representatives you'd vote against them is your best defense.
When it comes to groups of people, it's about imposing their will or beliefs onto to others...not about doing what's best for everyone. The focus is on so-called assault rifles. Not violent crime and it's causes...just evil black rifles and high capacity magazines. From watching their actions over the last couple of months, I don't think they give a rat's ass about the individual who may have been stabbed to death or beaten to death with a bat and why that happened. Those victims don't seem to matter. Otherwise they'd focus on the causes
of violent crime and effective methods to combat it, instead of focusing on the tool used. With them, it's not about public safety, it's about imposing a belief onto a group of people who have nothing to with the cause of the problems.