From an historical perspective, it appears that unchecked governments, democracies not excluded, will naturally and incrementally restrict individual and group liberties at an increasing rate until they exceed the tolerance of a significant minority willing to exchange immediate injury or death for a free future. In a democracy like that of the United States, with a supposed checks and balance system, the limiting of liberties occurs at a greater rate when there is collusion between the executive and legislative branches as when one party is in control of both branches. The Supreme Court may as well lean toward the ruling branches but even when evenly balanced or comprising unusually fair justices, it is of small consequence. The Court takes on very few cases and then only after an extended period of time. Then there is the powerful shadow branch, that enormous appointment-controlled, rule making and enforcement bureaucracy. America loses. Gun purchases go up.