When someone argues to the right to having a gun, the argument made is usually for self protection, often also that of his or her family.
There are permits too for hunting, for a rifle, but then it starts to quickly escalate with little or no differentation to all sorts of automatic assault weapons, essentially for that of waging war.
Originally the right to own and bear arms was arguably so as to be able to form militias for the defence of communities.
(For an opinion on the current easy access to guns and why there is so much resuting violence, please see my previous post: Guns and Fear – Life… as I see it (wordpress.com).)
It is hard to believe this is needed today with full fledged, well equiped and trained armies to protect against external threats.
Unless we are saying that there is a also risk of the police and various security agencies for internal threats also becoming an enemy of the people and we might need a means to fight them?
Still, it is not so uncommon for a government of the day, especially in a less developed countries, to go rogue against its own people.
We could then first assume the democratic norms in place were just not strong enough, and that secondly the military was prepared to either enable a coup or to even directly seize power.
The question then arises that if indeed violent resistance would indeed be the best course and would weapons of militia be enough?
If history is any indicator, this approach also requires intervention by the powers that be which will have a vested interest and whose support might even go so far as a proxy war.
Meaning, an outcome that if successful, is often an exchange of one form of tyranny with another, even if apparently more benign.
The path of non-violence resistance has sometimes proven to be effective in regime change, much less so in fighting a takeover, but also requires a giant to emerge from amongst men.
Wherether violent or non violent, a transformation of society will have taken place, but not always the will of the people.
So what are you prepared to give for a chance at this freedom – the price you will pay for the course of action you decide in the face of targeted killings, enforced disappearances, or long imprisonment?