You have to remember our government has the "us (government) vs them (the people)" persona.
Anyone who believes the government is looking out for the best interests of the people is delusional - our government is looking out for their own interests... That's why progressives in government want to ban guns - not because people are being killed but because a gun is a tool that can be used against them. They know if they ban guns they can do whatever they want and all the people can do is accept that and do as they're told.
Quite frankly it generally takes a ****ed up authoritarian personality to even want to be a politician. Libertarians are only in politics to stop the rest of the authoritarian clowns - both republican and democrat..
Of course it is what it is and the general populace won't believe what I just said because they're being progressively brainwashed with the notion that government is here to "care for us" in any and all ways hence government can do what they want as a collective body just as long as they get their free table scraps... These pro-government clowns will choose security over liberty any day of the week just because it's the easier of the two choices.