I have friends who actually think that they can hold off or even topple the government if they don't like it.
Now I like weapons as much as the next person, but an armed society...
Here's what it's REALLY like.
I have to laugh bitterly when some American waves a gun around and flatters themselves that they "Can hold off the government".
Waziristan... Everybody's armed. Firearms are a cottage industry. They'll make you whatever you want from scratch. A Chinese .50 caliber machine gun goes for $200. Boxes of grenades on special. The main street of Dera Ismail Khan is ALL weapons shops... A NRA member's dream. And they STILL can't keep the drones away. A fully armed society, Armed in a way that makes the USA look like sissies, and one cheap drone they can't even shoot down bombs wherever and whenever it will.
Remember Waco, Texas? I know, it was a long time ago, and memory isn't America's strong suit. It was just 21 years ago. The Branch Davidians even had MACHINE GUNS!!!. So Manly. Oh boy. Big deal. The smallest, weakest armored vehicle we have, and we aren't talking about a REAL tank, killed them all. So much for toppling the government with guns.
You want an armed society? Syria is an armed society. Conflict has changed. Yes, armed citizens can give the government trouble. Syria is proof of that. Ordinary people organized in militias are in a stalemate, somewhat successfully holding off the government tanks and helicopters with AK's and RPG's. Meanwhile, the country is devastated; women, children, the elderly, dying of hunger and being bombed when they stand in bread lines, If even there IS bread.
There's your armed society. Have a nice day. Oh, and while we're at it, as we enlisted men used to say in the army, "Don't call me sir, I work for a living!"
Share this with your gun-totin' tough-talkin' acquaintances.