Our Second Amendment and the Conservative Delusion of an Armed Revolt

nraI’m so tired of this ignorant belief that the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to prevent tyranny.

Really?  You actually believe the “right to bear arms” gives Americans the right to one day “rise up” and “take back” our government?

Recently, a poll was done where almost half of the conservative respondents believe that very soon an armed revolt might be needed to prevent tyranny in our government.

Didn’t we already go through this?  Didn’t we have a Civil War because a specific section of Americans believed the federal government trying to end slavery equated to tyranny over their freedom?

Tell me, how did that work out for the Confederacy?

Let me tell you how this works.  See, if you believe there’s an armed revolt headed our way, and millions will side with you against the “big bad federal government,” guess what the federal government has?  Our United States military.  You know, aircraft carriers, tanks, bombs, drones—oh, and the defense budget Republicans have pushed to fund while cutting funding for programs that feed the poor, has fattened the pockets of defense contractors who will infinitely supply our military with equipment to destroy any group of jackasses who feel they can “overthrow” the federal government.

Now I’ve heard a few times from these people that those serving in our military will side with the “patriotic Americans” and not take up arms against them.  Okay, that’s fine—but what about the millions of Americans, like me, who think you people are batshit crazy?  Many of us will just take their spot, utilize those vastly superior weapons, and crush your pathetic attempt to prove Alex Jones and other right-wing crazies correct.

The belief that an armed populace is needed to preserve freedom is lunacy.  In fact, anyone who believes this should be prevented from owning any type of weapon—period.

I believe in the right for citizens to own guns for self defense, hunting and sport.  I own 2 myself.  But I certainly don’t support this radical notion that we’re armed to keep our government fearful of its citizens.

Our government gave us elections to keep it fearful of its citizens—not guns.  It gave us the right to vote (a right which many Republicans have attacked with stricter voter ID laws) to ensure those who represent us in government were put there by us.

If you want to “rebel” against something, rebel against rulings like Citizens United, lobbyist groups like the NRA and rich individuals like the Koch brothers who seek to manipulate elections through unheard of sums of money to set up a government which benefits them—not us.

But anyone who believes our Second Amendment was written to “keep our government afraid of its citizens” doesn’t need to look any further than to our own actual history, and see how well that worked for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Spoiler Alert: It didn’t go well.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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