No Lives Matter
It was very bizzare.
Since then, every time this subject has come up I remember that day. But (to your point, Goshin) few people ever consider that there are about as many veterans (or more) in the civilian pop. as there are in service. In a situation where the military were to be ordered to fight our own citizens,... Inevitably, they would be firing on their own family members.
I don't see any of the Marines I served with obeying those orders.
Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.
That being said, I don't think the Second Amendment rests on the ability of the people overthrowng the government en masse. I think it has more to do with defense rather than offense. For example, the government would never order a door-to-door search of a wide swath of the citizenry. If they did, they would be somewhat successful for as long as it took someone to twitter that such a search was happening. Once the element of surprise is lost, LEO's would become an endangered species.
Actually, last time I checked the military had about 3.5 million servicemembers total. Most of these are NOT in combat arms, btw.
Add in all the cops in America and you might bring that total to about 5 million. A lot of these folks are actually not going to be very effective in combat, because they're in non-combat jobs.
There are 26 million veterans according to the site I sourced.
This leaves aside how many soldiers and cops would end up on the side of the rebels.
Last edited by Goshin; 03-14-10 at 12:12 AM.
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