Edgar has made, is that the nature of people remains the same. Through history or the ages people are the same. People also attempt to argue that 'times are different', people are different, evolved, etc.
The only constant truth is that what lies in people's hearts. Desires. Trying to tie their hands by taking away their arms or rights is merely one of those battles across people. Some recognize the need and right to have arms. Others want power over those people. Both are desires which stem for different reasons. All are emotions in people. The nature is of this conflict has always been a battle.