I genuinely hope and pray that we never see a shooting war between “we the people” and our government. One reason is that I sometimes wonder whether we have the moral fiber necessary to win such a confrontation, let alone to rebuild a godly nation in the aftermath.
Still, any honest reading of America’s founders on the matter makes it abundantly clear that they expected the militia – i.e., the citizenry – to own and be proficient in the use of military rifles, as a deterrent to enemies both foreign and domestic.
One common objection to citizens owning AR-15s – the civilian version of the basic rifle of the U.S. military – goes like this: “What could citizens with rifles possibly hope to achieve against the U.S. military, and its tanks, fighter planes and attack helicopters?”
I can only answer that question with another: Why would one assume that the Americans behind those tanks, fighter planes and attack helicopters would obey an order to wage war on their fellow citizens?