A common argument among the right in the United States (and most other Western countries), is that the right to bear arms would allow the "common people" to defend against a tyrannically government that would oppress their rights.
But, isn't that already here by their standards?
- The PATRIOT Act, and by extension the USA FREEDOM Act, allow the Federal Government unprecedented control into the private lives of American Citizens, such as wiretapping. Previously this stuff had to be approved on a case by case basis, through judges, but now can be applied on a wide range with few limits. This enough shouldn't caused outrage among Conservatives and Libertarians. Yet, silence.
- PRISM, the NSA program leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013. Again, another intrusion and violation of American's privacy. Not only did this not lead to an open revolt, the news died down pretty quickly and the issue basically went away like it never even happened.
- Free speech zones. Just another example, this time dealing with the suppression of free speech. During the Bush admin, protesters were ferried into fences that were beyond the presence of media organizations, preventing Americans from seeing opposition.
These are just three examples of modern-day Tyranny that should be shocking to conservatives and libertarians alike. Yet, there's nothing. They just say to keep voting and that we'll get those "damn libtards and pinkos" out. Nothing about "refreshing the tree of liberty."
But have you noticed how little they react to brutal cop killings? Not only to American blacks - white killings have also been largely ignored. In fact, the victims are usually blamed for their own suffering, no matter the context. The cops are always the good guys.
Is this perhaps a form a projection for the right's fetish of the 2nd amendment? That minorities will take power and oppress the people who oppressed them? That's why the killing of Philando Castille - a legal CCW owner - didn't receive much attention from the Right.
Just needed to ramble about this. I believe it's the duty of the proletariat to arm themselves against capitalism, but the right just wants to own guns so they can shoot black people.