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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  • Lucille

    I really don’t think that the general population have ever taken into account the meaning of your 2nd Amendment. They are unaware that it gives them the rights to “rise up against the government” or “in a well regulated militia”. In the main they talk about their right to bear arms to defend themselves from break-ins or property protection. It never enters their mind that the weapons used in the days of the authors of the Constitution were hardly automatic rifles. Why am I, an Aussie, more aware? Well I did study American History at uni. Obviously the gun lobby and it’s followers have not.

    • PIbber Seventy

      well, that’s clearly the point. our conservatives fight tooth and nail to eviscerate any public school funding and even discount any higher learning after primary school. they absolutely know that their base is quite ignorant of the facts and they play on that, constantly.

    • Nor do they understand that the guns they use for self protection won’t be affected. The Assault Weapons Ban, which has been supported by Republicans in the past, was the only thing that actually limited the sale of guns. Everything else had to do with preventing sales to dangerous people, gun safety, mental health, etc. It’s absurd.

    • Add the Federalist Papers to your reading list for understanding the meaning of our Constitution, and specifically the 2nd amendment’s historical foundation.

      The weapons, by the way, in citizens’ hands were meant to allow them equal firepower to the ordinary food soldier. Thus any improvements to those would follow into the future.

      You seem, as so many do, to view our constitution as captured in time, and applying only to the time it was conceived and written. Wouldn’t that be an illogical premise? It is LAW, madam, the law of the land, just as your legal documents are the law of yours.

      One could hardly suppose that, should some time in the future from when the 2nd was added to our Constitution that one would continue fielding militia with cap and ball firearms. Now could one?

  • The very first use of the 2nd Amendment Militia was in 1789, when President George Washington crushed an anti-tax rebellion (the “Whiskey Rebellion”). I rather think that The Father Of Our Country knew what the 2nd Amendment meant a lot better than Alex Jones does.

    • Absolutely!!!

    • It was because back then we did not have an official military. Once we (the federal government) got an official military the mmilitia did not stand a chance.

  • javadanny

    These two-bit militias, lone wolf “patriots”, and neo-Klansmen couldn’t defeat their county sheriff or state police, much less the ATF or FBI. They go beyond that and say they’re itching for a fight with the army or the marines. How ridiculous! Oh, and any former or active duty military members who harbor thoughts about joining their crazy, racist, backward-thinking asses had better think twice. This country is moving forward, with or without you, toward a “more perfect union”.

    • All the sputtering and shooting are the literal death throes of the conservative movement.

    • “They go beyond that and say they’re itching for a fight with the army or the marines. How ridiculous! Oh, and any former or active duty military members who harbor thoughts about joining their crazy, racist,
      backward-thinking asses had better think twice.”

      You may want to rethink your obtuse comment, lib-stain?

      And I’m not sure where you have get your information. But those crazy, racist, backward-thinking asses you are talking about are in the Military. Besides most of the Marines and the Army aren’t that fond of Hussein Obama anyways.

      • dnlb08

        You believe that armed revolt is gonna happen and is necessary? Who will take the first shot and at whom?

      • Don’t know.

      • Rock Accountant

        Good answer. In the future, keep your answers this short so you do not expose yourself as a pathetic jackass.

      • javadanny

        This isn’t even about Obama Bobby. It’s about the real America and not the Confederate version. You are wrong about the military, too. The vast majority would defend the Constitution. The crazy, racist, backward-thinking ones are a small minority. The rebellion, if it ever happens, will be put down again as it was in 1865, only quicker. The surviving “militiamen” turds will get life sentences to spend with all of the other two-bit gangsters in Supermax.

      • Your right about the Military taking their oath to heart, and following the Constitution. “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

      • javadanny

        I worked for 50 years Boob, as did my parents. My service is complete. You actually may be the domestic enemy. I ride a Harley and I’ve done that for 45 years, too. Also treated PTSD at the VA for a number of years. You’re out of your league here.

        “When a nation’s young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.” -Henry Ward Beecher

        Let’s hope their aren’t many like you.

      • Put the coffee down Danny, you’re about to blow a head gasket. Its wonderful you actually worked, I would have guess you for a guy who nutted Woodchucks at a college.

      • javadanny

        I believe you’re the 14-year-old in the basement. Was just letting you know that you’re not my peer.

      • Ahahahahahaha… boy I guess you really told me danny-boy!

    • 1 step forward 10 steps back and that’s how we do the hokie pokie

    • You wouldn’t know a perfect union if it crawled up your pants and bit you. Perfect? Really??? You ass hat. The biggest deficit in history, politicians that can’t agree on shit and citizens that blindly follow n defend their political party never challenging or questioning their motives as if this govt had never been involved or was capable of atrocity. Another sheeple.

      • javadanny

        History isn’t your strong suit is it?

  • BushWatcher

    Delusional!!

  • Re: “The belief that an armed populous is needed to preserve freedom is
    lunacy. In fact, anyone who believes this should be disavowed from
    owning any type of weapon—period.” First, it’s “disallowed”, not “disavowed.” Second, we don’t want to go back to the era when people’s rights were removed from therm based on their beliefs, because it’s difficult to prove beliefs, and people find themselves convicted based solely on rumor-mongering and extorted “testimony”. The result is fear, chaos, and a lot of innocents who have their lives and reputations damaged. (Google “Joe McCarthy”) Third, people are free to have their own beliefs and speak of them — remember the First Amendment? As long as they don’t harm anyone else or commit acts of sedition, they get to keep their rights, as do those of us who disagree with them or think they’re a bit too cozy with their inner paranoid.

  • velinath

    The word you’re looking for is “populace”, not “populous”. I’ve seen you make this mistake a few times, Allen; please fix it!

    • Spoofy

      What do you expect from an imbecile who obviously failed U.S. and World history, not to mention his Constitution course? I suppose we can add spelling and English to his flunkie list as well.

  • The gun-toting malcontents who believe in this claptrap should aim their Cricketts right into their mouths when the next Civil War comes. Until then, they can take their arsenals and defend mosques, Planned Parenthood/abortion clinics and Sikh temples. All of them are used by Americans who are exercising their freedoms in a secular state under the Constitution. Shooting abortion doctors in Kansas and bombing places of worship are not protected by that document, so if you rely on the Bill of Rights for your right to arm yourself to the teeth, make yourself useful, form a “well regulated militia,” and go protect your fellow Americans from the other fellow Americans who would do them harm. Or, you know what’s even better? Don’t.

    • MrsScott

      I said nearly the same thing, although not as well, when I saw LaPierre spouting off on the news about how they need guns to defend our rights. Which rights, exactly? The right of anyone of any religion to worship unimpeded as they see fit? The right of a woman to obtain an abortion if she feels it necessary? The rights of citizens to have their rights read to them if they’re arrested? The rights of the accused, no matter how heinous their crime, to a fair and speedy trial? The right to not have your home or vehicle searched without a warrant? The right to vote? The right to the pursuit of happiness, including marrying who you love?
      Let them stand up for THOSE rights. Alas, I’m pretty sure they only rights he was talking about was the right to have even MORE guns and the right to stomp all over someone else’s religion.

    • What is the purpose of the Bill of Rights. What does it enumerate? What redress does the citizen have if these are denied?

      • MrsScott

        Take it to a court of law. I don’t think shooting them is a good answer.

  • I’d like to point out that the U.S. military has a preponderance of people of Southern origin, and as such a whole ton of fanatical fundamentalist erstwhile “Christians.” Most of the major bases are located in the South too.
    As far as I am concerned, this talk of insurrection is treasonous.

    • “As far as I am concerned, this talk of insurrection is treasonous.” The same sentiments voiced by the Kings Loyalist subjects.

      Citizens disagreed, and you would not be free to voice your opinion had they not done so.

      I don’t stand for most of what the far right ninnies espouse, but make no mistake, the constitution lists the right of citizens and if those rights are violated by the government redress is denied something will happen at some point of excessive repression. That’s not about law, that’s about human nature.

  • In the spirit and letter of the second amendment, obviously obsolete as you explain it clearly, if the citizens assembled in militias it wanted to “fight” against squatters who have taken over the government, then they would have not yet acquired Drones are for sale and the ridiculous and anachronistic Rifle Association encourages its disoriented not partners, who have never fought any self-imposed government but only with ducks and deer that inhabit the government buildings.

  • Dear Dummy, you might have saved yourself the time it took to write this idiotic rant if you had actually read the constitution. It IS in fact written in that bearing arms to also not let ANY gov’t or body get so big as to overthrow the populous as a whole. For you small brain individuals that means “Don’t let them get to big for their britches!”.

  • chicken

    Gun manufacturers sell to, and lobby both sides.

    There will be no armed rebellion, just sales to people full of fear and resentment.

    These people will get old and die, and their survivors have an awkward embarrassed moment with the thought “Is it legal to sell all this crap at a garage sale?”

  • mPock

    About 1.5 million active military personnel and another 800k reservists… The only superior weapons would be the planes and large bombs. About 50 million households have firearms in them. Over 22 million civilian Veterans. And you for one minute think that the 2nd amendment doesn’t keep us free? Know what you’re talking about before you post such ignorance.

    • mPock

      P.S. The government wants citizens to not have AR’s and AK’s so that they have superior weapons…

      • Haha, that’s such a delusional joke it’s rediculous.

      • John Handcock

        You’re the joke.

      • Al Cleverdon

        How does it feel to be brainwashed by the white conservative rich?..Keep believing this crap and you’ll be their slave forever.Think for yourself. Educate yourself.

  • The Civil war was not fought against or anything about “tyranny” . It was economics.

  • Michael Siever

    Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers…

    • J1vis

      EXACTLY correct Siever! Just look at the Obama electorate for proof of this.

      • Mr. Timm

        Or the Romney electorate…

  • Example: a medial man in a position of great power forces the masses to pay for and participate in a medical plan that not everybody wants. Yet is himself, his family and his colleagues are exempt from it. Yeah, sounds like he’s “for the people and fair”!

    • Al Cleverdon

      Yet again a statement that is not based on fact.How do you people keep coming up with this stuff? You have the option to continue with your own medical coverage or not.He is trying to cover the 40 million Americans that can’t afford private coverage.He is trying to do good and yet the conservative establishment spins it to scare their underlings.Seems it’s working.

      • sandy

        You don’t have the option to keep your insurance when the company you work for stops offering it’s employees insurance to save money and you are forced to buy into the government plan. It happened to me and it happening to others.

      • Greg90814

        If you didn’t bother to read the details in the Affordable Care Act: if you’re on the lower end of the income scale, most of your insurance cost is covered with subsidies… would you rather NOT have insurance, and then have to pay for everything out of pocket? Hope you’re healthy… and never have an accident.

  • mellowharsher

    Yet another point. If there was a hillbilly insurrection that succeeded in the face of all the adversity, what about egos in addition to all the other countries who may have problems with the new management? Look at France during and after the revolution. Yes modern day politicians are odious. But for f#ck’s sake, it’s like the ppl who think they’re smart enough to cook up a bigger, better, badder gov’t never spend two seconds thinking about what they’re going to do if they actually did succeed.

  • It may not go well but it sure tells them we will take action.

  • katyrose

    Author needs to re-read the Constitution again!!!

    • Greg90814

      Actually he probably read it (and understood it) better than you. If you’re telling him to read it again, please explain why.

  • Does this not then qualify these people to be put on the FBI’s terrorists watch list? All these people already own weapons of mass destruction and they now seem wanting to use them against the peaceful people of this country. My guess is that they already are on a “Register” somewhere….

  • Two words on the might of America and it’s military: Vietnam, Korea.

  • Dear editor, comparing a revolution that happened 200+ years ago to one that may happen today and somehow you believe that we would go toe to toe with US military is utterly stupid. how many high ranking officers do you think would obey and execute an order from OBUMMUS to attack it’s own citizens? let me know how that works out asswhipe…

    • i agree with you marc ….. the one thing that bothers me is that the fed just armed dhs as if they were an army …..why???

    • If they believed the oath they took they should. They are to obey the orders of the President of the United States and those officers appointed over them. I took that same oath. You don’t get to pick and choose what in that oath you are going to obey.

      • THIS IS THE OFFICERS OATH SANDRA IT IS DIFFERENT

        “I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in
        the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do
        solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of
        the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear
        true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely,
        without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and
        faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So
        help me God.” (DA Form 71, 1 August 1959, for officers.)

        YOU WILL NOTICE THERE IS NO MENTION OF THE PRESIDENT

      • But you are a sheep, i am not
        in that oath it says ” ACCORDING TO REGULATION AND UCMJ” what part of wiping your ass with the constitution is in accordance with any of it? Like o Said before. Sheeple, who will blindly follow a leader bases on…..well only God knows, but mostly a lack of intelligence and malice.

  • anon

    You brought up the civil war twice. Which is pretty stupid of you. The confederates almost won. It would only have take a few small changes to history for them to have been successful.

    Conservatives you expect a revolution don’t expect it to happen until the vast majority of the populace is on their side so your us/them numbers aren’t accurate to the situation we’re talking about.

    Guns may not be good insurance against tyranny, but they’re the only insurance available. And removing what little protection there is would be completely stupid.

  • Not to mention the OATH we all took as soldiers where we swore to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    Pay close attention to the parts “foreign and DOMESTIC” and “ACCORDING TO THE REGULATIONS”

    That being said, I wonder how many soldiers will obey the command of firing against their own brothers, neighbors…etc I have served this country proudly for almost 19 years. If my commander put out these orders you can bet your ass that my NCOs would be relieving him of his duties in a heart beat.

    But let’s just play devil’s advocate and say that this would not be the case and soldiers did carry out their orders and fire upon their citizens. How many 15 year old super smart kids in their basements with a lap top and their supersmart hacking brains do you think it would take to bring down this government and their totally “technology dependent” systems? A few differences to consider from the last civil war you ass hat.

  • Most of you sound just like the British did right before the Revolution. The British empire was the most powerful in the world at that time. Had the best trained and equipped army and navy. Our forefathers KICKED THE LIVING HELL out of them. So much so that the British had to call in Hessian soldiers as mercenaries. (Many of which deserted and came over to our side). The apparent lack of actual historical knowledge is PATHETIC. Most of you sound like your commenting from CUBA or CHINA.

    What you seem to forget. Is that ALL of the police and military are drawn FROM We The People. And at least half of them will turn on their tyrannical ‘masters’ in our treasonous government. There have been Generals that have publicly stated they will NOT carry out unconstitutional orders, and disarm the American people. A very large number of Sheriffs and Police have stated the same thing.

    It is sickening reading the obvious Anti-freedom and liberty comments posted here. You people should be ashamed of yourselves. Our forebears spilled their blood, sweat and tears fighting for your freedom and liberty. In the hopes it would be passed on to their posterity. And now their posterity wants to roll over and play dead. And let treasonous scumbags take it all away.

    You people are SICKENING.

    • I’m sorry the medication didn’t work out. Keep trying, there are advances in mental illness treatment all the time.

    • kalon

      No e David we are the sons and daughters of those first Americans who defeated the king in order to set up a new kind of government, one which Lincoln later described as “government of the people, by the people and for the people”. Nowhere in our constitution does it say the NRA (which stands for “not really American”) gets to run our nation by taking OUR freedom away to go enjoy a movie or keep our children safe in their elementary schools. We ARE the peaceful civilians living under the protection of our law enforcement officers and our military under the Constitutional command of the freely elected president. We can make constitutional laws to prohibit the sales of military style weapons, register ALL legal gun sales and limit the size of magazines in order to protect ourselves from your foolish actions. Check out the heller and McDonald decisions before the Supreme Court.
      I see your logo has a Christian cross in it and assume you are a brother Christian. Brother, you have strayed far from the words of Jesus Christ who told Peter to put away his sword and who then lovingly healed malchus’ ear!
      Actually a revolt by the poorly armed and undisciplined extreme conservatives would be a good thing in that it would rid America of a small segment of uneducated voters who have been holding the vast majority of the rest of us Americans back for too long now. If you think my old outfit, the first marine division won’t wipe up you domestic terrorists, think again!
      Good luck to you and your kind e David. Once you raise you fisted hand against MY America, you are in deep trouble.

  •          

    I lol’d. Our military can’t even crush an insurgency after 10 years of trying. The first thing that will happen if there is a revolt here, is you will all begin starving. And you won’t get any help with that from our government.

  • crabjack

    I think that the masses are much more likely to rise up in armed revolt against corporate America than against the government. Companies like Monsanto, Exon, and Bank of America are doing much more harm.

    • J1vis

      Crabjack. If you eat corn (and you do), drive a car (and you do) and pay a mortgage (and most probably, you do); you better not bite the hand that ‘feeds’ you!

      • crabjack

        And if you drive a car, J1vis, I’m pretty sure you drive on a road. I’m talking only about those businesses that are driven by pornographic greed, like the ones I listed. (There are many more.) That’s not all business. I’m talking about the corporations that will gladly sacrifice the lives of American citizens for their bottom line. – Incidentally, I don’t eat corn.

  • Oh man, you and I certainly do think alike. Love your articles. These same people evidently don’t know about laws against armed insurrections.

  • Einstein758

    Interesting numbers….but according to the survey, Republicans aren’t the only ones who (according to the authors) think an armed revolution will be necessary “soon”. Almost 1 in 5 Democrats believe it will be necessary, and almost 30% of Independents. Does this seem realistic to you Democrats? Or are you only cherry-picking the numbers that you want? I’m personally interested to know which 20% of you liberals are planning on trying to overthrow the government.

  • Einstein758

    Also noted in the survey: “Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Democrats say that Congress needs to pass new laws to protect the public from gun violence, but the views of Republicans are almost completely opposite: 65 percent don’t think new laws are necessary.”

    Hmmm…so how consistent is this with the “90% of all Americans believe universal background checks should be made into law” statistic? You can’t believe only the numbers that work for you, folks.

  • It continues to amaze and terrify me that these crazy Americans think like this. I thought they didn’t want people with mental illness to have guns. Isn’t that what their saying? Except they don’t see that it’s actually them, that are the truly crazy ones.

  • lebijuti

    This is one great way to explain things. I am really disapointed in myself that I did not come up with this explanation.

  • Abolishment of slavery was a by product of the civil war, not the cause of it. Learn the facts. The 2nd amendment was indeed about the right to protect yourself from an unjust gov. Read other writings from the authors of the constitution. It is explained very well. Sure sounds to me that You are ready to take arms against the citizens of the usa by use of the military (which is also against the constitution) or by taking military weapons into your own hands to do the job. Iv’e never threatened anyone, only want to protect myself while you are on the offense and are willing to use the military for your own personal agenda. YOU are the reason I need to be scared and armed !

  • Archimedes deSilva

    “Populace”.

  • publius

    The North won the original civil war because it had the much larger population and the majority of manufacturing. If there were a second civil war along blue state red state lines, well, manufacturing is much less important given that much of it is overseas these days, and the rust belt hardly corners the markey on manufacturing these days. The red states would also have much of the food production, more oil refineries, more natural resources…the blue states would have pretty much all the states with failing economies and huge debt. So how WOULD that likely work out this time around? I love a guy who “has a degree in political science” playing expert…what degree is that, exactly? From what university? Guess he wanted to try something other than driving a cab with that probably junior college degree, so he spends his time spouting drivel on t’ intranet…sad really. Keep living in your fantasy world though.

  • publius

    On a side note, this maroon just stirs the pot hoping to get a reaction, stop coming here and he can go back to driving his cab

  • chief1995

    I look forward to the day where i can stand up to you and your vastly superior weapons. And kick your ass

  • Ben Steinke

    Allen, you have fallen victim to the classic false left-right paradigm, which declares that ALL Democrats are completely good and ALL Republicans are completely bad. Calling people “crazy” because of their views is the first path towards that slippery slope of what I like to call “Siberianism”—the idea that those whose views deviate from your own are “mentally ill” and should be committed. Unless you are a licensed medical practitioner of some kind, you really don’t have the right to be the judge of someone’s mental state. The Second Amendment gives the people the right to own weapons equal to those held by the police and military. You also seem to feel that Democrats are incapable of being tyrants. BOTH parties have sold their souls to the Corporatacracy and the Zionist lobby, ergo, both are perfectly capable of reverting to tyranny. Blaming the Republicans for everything while simultaneously letting Democrats off the hook for doing much the same things isn’t enlightenment—-it’s outright hypocrisy.

  • Kenneth Johnson

    Article. I.

    section 8:

    To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for
    governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers,and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline
    prescribed by Congress;

    Article II
    Section. 2.

    The President shall
    be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the
    United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer
    in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

    He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties,provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

    Article III.

    Section. 3.
    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War
    against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

    Amendment II
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
    the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    Above are the words of the Constitution , The President is Commander in Chief including the Militia called to serve on behalf of the US. Treason is well defined. A well regulated Militia refers being to take, and give orders.with an expectation of follow through. Without that discipline, you have an armed mob unable to decide what actions to take and when to cease fire . That is how the founding fathers won with organization, not individual terrorist cells.