The idea isnt to prepare to shoot it out with the government, the army and marines, all the various federal, state and local police forces, but rather, to make certain decision-makers in Washington realize they are not dealing with an entirely dependent populace, incapable of effective resistance to tyrannical designs — either now or decades down the road. Such thinking may not be hip amongst NPR listeners or readers of The New York Times, but was central to the thought of Americas Founders. And is well understood by wise patriots today.
The Second Amendment is not about hunting deer or keeping a pistol in your nightstand. It is not about protecting oneself against common criminals, retired Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) says. It is about preventing tyranny. The Founders knew that unarmed citizens would never be able to overthrow a tyrannical government as they did. They envisioned government as a servant, not a master, of the American people. The muskets they used against the British Army were the assault rifles of the time.
People who hate guns and despise Americas firearm culture and history must shudder, especially when they realize that they are the ones responsible for the current buying frenzy.
On the outside, outrage must always be their countenance. But they shudder privately, no doubt.
Meanwhile — and Im sure entirely by coincidence, unrelated in any way — the president just signed a bill to reinstitute lifetime Secret Service protection for former presidents.
Americas conflicting romances with guns and government go on. [further reading]