I’ve never owned a firearm. I’m 99% with you when it comes to defanging the NRA, banning assault weapons, creating tougher gun registration laws, and so on.
But I also think we’re a few short steps away from a fascist state, and that it might be good if “the people” are able fight back.
Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001) was an American domestic terrorist who perpetrated the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people and injured over 680 others. The bombing was the deadliest act of terrorism within the United States prior to the September 11 attacks, and remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in United States history.
A Gulf War veteran, McVeigh sought revenge against the federal government for the 1993 Waco siege, which ended in the deaths of 86 people—many of whom were children—exactly two years before the bombing; the 1992 Ruby Ridge incident; and the United States’ foreign policy. He hoped to inspire a revolt against the federal government, and defended the bombing as a legitimate tactic against what he saw as a tyrannical federal government.
To be clear, I’m not advocating doing anything unconstitutional.
And it’s also the case that the definition of a “tyrannical government” is quite subjective. But we could probably cook up an extreme example of a government gone wrong and agree that at some point a government can cross over to being tyrannical, and no longer serving the best interests of the people.
A huge step towards tyranny has been coming not from the government directly but from “the corporation”, that is putting its (corporate), interests ahead of the people’s, and that is also making alarming progress in gaining control of the government.
I sincerely hope that we have time to legally and non-violently defang corporations. This is nothing like McVeigh.
I highlighted your line ‘making alarming progress in gaining control of the government.’ Notice who Trump puts in charge of protecting our air and water. https://time.com/5498307/andrew-wheeler-coal-lobbyist-epa-head/
If there was a new office in the Department of Justice where rape victims could go for legal help, I wonder who Trump would put in charge? Roy Moore? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Moore