It's not a light reading magazine but if you have a chance to read the February issue of National Review magazine, there's an interesting article "The Right to Bear Arms and Popular Sovereignty" by Charles Cooke.
The Cliffs Notes are basically that "we" as a Democracy should stop asking why own semi autos and start asking why not encourage everyone to own assault rifles. Minorities and anyone who doesn't fit the "norm" should be the ones worried about gun bans. Cooke points out that governments historically ban guns as the first step in disenfranchising minorities.
Britain's Bill of Rights of 1689 banned Catholics from having arms. Canada passed its first gun control laws between 1911 and 1913 to keep guns away from non-British immigrants. Closer to home, it's been well documented that when Congress passed the gun control acts of 1968, one of their main (but not publicly stated) goals was limiting African American's access to some types of guns. (Does the Civil Rights Movement ring a bell? A lot of Congressmen and their constituents were adamantly opposed to it).
When you look at the overall history of gun control, maybe all Americans, not just gun owners, should start asking about the real motives behind the new gun control proposals. Maybe Cooke is paranoid. But then again, history has a habit of repeating itself.