Originally Posted by Clava
Not trying to start an international or civil war
Just trying to understand the posts which refer to possible civil war resulting from some weapons being confiscated.
...and trying to understand the concept of being armed to fight an "evil" government (for whatever reason) which was democratically elected by the american people which is what seems to be implied by the 2nd amendment.
It can be hard to understand - you have to look at "what if" situations and not just look at the status quo.
Just to illustrate using the current government...Obama has made no secret that he intends to use executive power and Executive Orders to bypass Congress, and to ignore existing laws if he considers them inappropriate (immigration laws, for example). He has also made no secret that he considers the Supreme Court as an inappropriate venue to make legal decisions. Thus, we have a President that openly seeks to circumvent the other two branches of government.
Now I am not saying Obama is so bad he might incite a revolution - that is silly. However, if he (or anyone else - he is just an example) took his philosophy to extremes and leveraged federal agencies and the military to refuse to enforce existing laws, and infringe upon the rights of the people (not that he is going to do that), we could very easily end up in a situation of having a despotic government. These are not impossible or fantasy situations that could not arise in our country - or yours, as history has so clearly demonstrated. Is any of that going to happen? I highly doubt it, but the point is it could. Complacent and passive populations have been snockered by despots all throughout history. In the US, the bulk of us are pretty far removed from passive, although that element has admittedly (and sadly) continued to grow in size since WWII. Yes, there are those that would just cower in a corner and let whatever happens happen, but there is still a substantial part of our population that has the gonads and character to do something about it.
Some people feel great sympathy for countries that are run by dictators. I do not feel that sympathy. Dictators can only take over a country in two ways...first, if a majority of the people support the dictator, and second, if they are so passive they just let it happen. In either case, although it sounds a bit harsh, they end up with what they deserve.
The generation before me - the WWII generation - understood these things much better than people do today. Many people today are soft, used to a life of (relative) luxury, and have become accustomed to being taken care of by others rather than having to take of business themselves. The people of yesterday PRESERVED their freedom - some still do. But many people today ASSUME their freedom - which is a serious mistake that I hope for my children's and grandchildren's sakes doesn't become a fatal mistake...