Hypothetically, Is the Public Well-Armed Enough to Overthrow the Government?
It’s no secret that the Second Amendment is under constant attack by those who seek to disarm Americans. So far their efforts have not been successful and the right to bear arms still exists (at least for now). While some minimize the Second Amendment to merely a convenience that makes it possible for people to go out and target shoot or hunt for sport, doing so denigrates this important right and glosses over its intended purpose.
The true purpose of the Second Amendment as it was written, is to protect against a tyrannical government. There are many who say this particular purpose is null in the United States, asserting that the United States government is unlikely to become tyrannical due to its system of checks and balances. While it is true that this system of government is harder to corrupt than a dictatorship, it is still possible. In fact, one might argue that there is rampant evidence of corruption spreading throughout the current United States government system. To give up arms now would only make it easier for corruption to flourish and tyranny to become the new reality.
Why It’s Important to Analyze Current Gun Ownership Trends
If Americans were ever faced with a situation where they were obliged to protect themselves from a tyrannical government, would they be able to do so effectively? Hypothetically, is the public in general well-armed enough to overthrow a government actively seeking to strip away all their freedoms and force them into servitude (or worse)?
According to Pew Research Center, three out of every 10 adults in the United States say they own a gun personally. However, approximately four out of every 10 adults in the U.S. report living in a gun-owning household. That’s less than 50% of the total population that has immediate access to a gun in their own household. If there were ever a situation where people needed to defend themselves against tyranny, that’s a pretty dismal statistic. In order for the people to effectively fight against a tyrannical government, it will likely be necessary for more households to have access to at least one gun.
There is good news for rural areas, though. In such areas, 46% are gun owners, as opposed to 28% in the suburbs and just 19% in urban neighborhoods. Americans are also sharply divided about self-defense along party lines. For example, Republican and Republican-leaning individuals are reportedly more than twice as likely to own a gun as Democrat and Democrat-leaning individuals. About half of Americans who don’t currently own a gun report that they could potentially see themselves purchasing a gun in the future. With growing civil unrest, more people are likely to become gun owners so they can protect their families from violent criminals.
How Many Guns Are Necessary?
America has never made all-out efforts to enslave or kill its own citizens before, so there is no way to say for certain how many civilian guns are necessary to prevent this from happening in the future. However, if it ever came down to a fight, it stands to reason that more than half the population should be willing and able to defend itself. Since this may not happen in the near future, it becomes important for those who are armed to stick with like-minded individuals. You may not be able to defend the world, but if it comes down to it, you may be able to work together to defend your city, town, neighborhood, or at least your own family and home.
Hopefully tyranny is not in the cards for America’s future. But if it is, would you rather be prepared to handle it or completely defenseless against it? Do you think America is prepared to deal with such a situation? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.