“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.” – Noah Webster
Back when muskets and cannon were the highest tech weapons going this made some sense. Unless huge numbers of ordinary people are going to be buying and learning to use tanks and planes and satellites, and training in massive numbers to be an effective and coordinated force, these historical points are pointless.
This also presumes that the U.S. government is just waiting until all the potential Rambos out there are disarmed so they can become a tyrannical dictatorship. The question here would be: to what purpose? We already live in one of the most controlled societies on the planet, and we imposed those controls on ourselves through the democratic process because that was a better way to live than in an uncontrolled society.
Look at the words “the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe.” That was true in Webster’s day. Today it is those “kingdoms” that have been disarmed as the American example spread across the face of the Earth and modern nations replaced monarchy. That process is still working today. The security of the U.S. system is its success.
People talk about their “freedom” being taken away. You never had any. You have certain rights the government gives you in order to keep you under control, meaning to keep you paying taxes and voting for the same two parties over and over again. It’s in the government’s interest to let you live wherever you can afford to, to let you buy stuff, to let you own taxable property, etc. If you didn’t want those controls to be in place you have the simple expedient of getting a majority of your fellow citizens to vote for people who will change them. But you don’t do that, because change is inherently insecure, and when it comes down to it people don’t want change, they just want politicians to mouth reassuring platitudes while keeping things as static as possible.
The government has no vested interest in taking away people’s guns. It isn’t afraid of you. It will only control guns if people who vote and pay taxes demand it. And then the only motivation it will have is to get you to keep voting for the same crop of idiots over and over. Look out for the losers under democracy: if you don’t vote for them they try to rig the system, as with the latest move to change the electoral college system to make it even more possible to win an election without winning the popular vote.
That’s the kind of thing you should be worried about: the changes they make to the electoral system. It’s the only thing that really keeps them on their toes. The ballot is more effective than any gun. Watch-out when the jerks in Washington try to take the ammo out of that!