I wonder if the Second Amendment crowd has ever considered what armed insurrection against the "tyrannical" government they imagine actually looks like?
Let's, for fun and enlightenment, extrapolate. It's 2025 and the new president, Newt Palin, decides citizens have too much freedom. Together with his allies in Congress, he passes the New Patriot Act, a cleverly named piece of legislation that strips away most civil rights. President Palin justifies this law by telling Americans they are "in danger."
A band of patriots in Cobb County rises up, organizing themselves into a militia. Their plan is to revolt and attack federal buildings and installations.
But President Palin is also the commander in chief of the armed forces, so he has the most powerful military machine in the world to back him up. And because he is a conservative, he also has the support of the senior generals in the Pentagon.
Word of the Cobb County patriots reaches the president, who orders the military to go on high alert. Armed with their ArmaLites and Glocks and led by Charles Gregory, the Cobb County patriots climb into a Ford 150 pick up truck and head toward the Russell Federal Building in Atlanta.
A Predator drone has been orbiting Cobb County and a turncoat patriot has provided intel on the plan to attack the Russell Federal Building. The Predator zooms in on the pick up truck full of patriots speeding down Atlanta Road and releases a Hellfire missile, immolating everyone on board before they can fire a shot.
The moral of the story, folks, is that it is no longer 1776. Your semi-auto and auto weapons are no match for the mighty military you support. Your notion of citizens standing up to a government you believe is tyrannical is as quaint as it is absurd.
Luckily, we have a division of powers in America. One branch of government keeps the other in check. The military is controlled by the civilian government. We're also a nation of laws, so the need for an armed insurrection is highly remote.
So before considering a revolt, you Cobb County patriots should stop and ask yourself if your real problem isn't with our representative form of government that lawfully passes legislation the majority of Americans wish to see enacted.
You shouldn't confuse tyranny with the rule of law.