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|User Info||Right to Bear Arms...; entered at 2011-05-15 18:47:07|
Registered: 2009-03-21 SoCal
1. The "allowable weapons" issue is problematic, and previous discussion demonstrates this.
It is inescapable fact that if one proceeds from the assumption that the right to keep and bear arms is intended to allow, in extremis, the overthrow of a tyrannical gov't, then the arms kept and borne by the citizens must be sufficient to accomplish that task. Thus, I don't see how a limitation of the nature of such arms can be specified, given the unlimited nature of the "arms" available to gov't.
On the other hand, no restrictions of any kind on anyone having nukes and bio-weapons make no sense to me, either.
I see no good solution - if there's a limit, then the ability to overthrow a tyrannical gov't is not assured; if there's no limit, we can have "accidents" wipe out a significant part of the country. Not addressing this issue in the platform is a weakness that is likely to be exploited by the anti-2nd Amendment types, but I don't have a good answer to this.
2. Gen - Not all history bears out your 1% number. Consider the US Civil War. The total population of the US (Union plus Confederacy) was ~31 million, while estimates for the size of the Confederate armies (arguably all members of whom were willing to die in opposition to the Union) range between 750K and 1 million, which puts the "willing to die" percentage close to 3%.
I would suggest that that demonstrates that so long as the strength of the forces on the side of a gov't (tyrannical or not - I don't want to rehash the causes of that war) exceed those who are opposed AND the gov't has no compunction against exterminating the opposing forces and their supporters, the gov't can maintain its power.