It was meant to keep people in, to prevent them from leaving and tasting the freedom that existed outside those walls. It's funny how communist/socialist hell holes talk about being "progressive" and doing things for the "common good." Of course once their ideas are put into practice there's very little "good" for anyone and people want to get the hell out. Then, once in the hell hole their freedom becomes eroded to the point where they're not even free to leave.
You wouldn't think that could happen in America, right? Sadly one must only look at the liberal bastion of freedom known as California for a modern-day example. There's a ballot initiative to impose a one-time tax on rich Californians who die or leave the state. It's called the "hasta la vista tax" yet sadly, it's no joke. They are actually proposing punishing people who decide to pack up and leave the state.
Head on over to Bruce's for the details. Again, I wish I were joking about this, but hey, when contemporary liberals get to run amok long enough this is the kind of result you get, and it's something that doesn't resemble the America I know.
Things like this are downright surreal, and it scares me that national figures like Obama want to model national firearms laws after California's. With proposals like this, and the steady stream of socialist crap that comes out of California how could anyone want to use California as a national model for anything (except what NOT to do to America?)