Is there a study on this? Weren't you know... Iraqis under Saddam well armed?The point is that an armed citizenry makes government more cautious than it would otherwise be about infringing on their citizen's rights in most cases.
Wait your saying politicians were trying to ban rifles so they could do evil things without being assassinated? Examples? I have a personal theory on this but I would rather know what went on in real life.Politicians fear being assassinated... that is why some have tried to ban certain high-powered long-range rifles used by snipers.
You're seriously calling them Religious minorities? Not... religiously insane? Attempting to prepare for an apocalypse because you believe you have been informed by a divine means is a right? Believing you're a new messiah is a right?Such a capacity necessarily makes government a little more circumspect than it would be otherwise. Witness the aftermath of the Weavers at Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidians in Waco. In both cases gov't pushed too hard, took significant casualties, suffered lots of bad press and bad public opinion... and since then has been a lot more circumspect about launching military-style raids on despised religious minorities.
So... this is about the government trying to come and kill you? You fear your own government trying to kill you enough that you actually invest money in an instrument of death and keep it in your home, because you fear they will come for you?It isn't about fighting the military in open warfare, it is about the ability of the people to immediately engage in armed resistance when the government goes too far.
Sorry if I'm coming off as too argumentative. But some of this is just insane.