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#426 - satansatan (01/22/2013) [-]
Not looking for red thumbs here, but seriously: Could anyone explain to me, WHY people want guns so badly?
Is it really "to protect themselves"? Or does it go deeper than that...
User avatar #457 to #426 - AceOfHart (01/22/2013) [-]
I can't really speak for everybody, but for the majority of people wanting to own guns it is about protection. Not just from burglars or thugs on the street, but also the government as well. Obviously the first two are self explanatory, but keeping the government in check is something guns do as well. Many are just concerned that the government will overstep their bounds and they won't have a way to fight back.
#488 to #457 - wanicochil (01/22/2013) [-]
But keep government in check?   
   
I don't see regular people having RPG's and the such   
   
How are regular people going to stop the government from rolling tanks and helicopters down the streets   
   
I just don't understand, if the government wanted to, military would overpower society very easily even if society has guns
But keep government in check?

I don't see regular people having RPG's and the such

How are regular people going to stop the government from rolling tanks and helicopters down the streets

I just don't understand, if the government wanted to, military would overpower society very easily even if society has guns
User avatar #512 to #488 - thatguywhohasbacon (01/22/2013) [-]
So if you can't win why bother fighting? That's a bullshit argument to deny people needing guns to fight against the government, some people (the ones who'd fight back regardless of the odds) would rather die than give up their freedoms willingly.
#508 to #488 - lordaurion (01/22/2013) [-]
I just don't understand, if the government wanted to, military would overpower society very easily even if society has guns

No, they really couldn't. You need soldiers, actual flesh and blood humans to keep any kind of control over an area. You can't keep people from congregating on a street corner with a jet flying a mile up in the sky. There are over 75 million gun owners in the US. There are just 3 million soldiers in our entire military, most of them aren't even infantry. That's one soldier per 25 known armed citizens or one for every 100 citizens total. If enough fought back, they would never win.
User avatar #503 to #488 - dikslapping (01/22/2013) [-]
“The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any bands of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States.” 
– Noah Webster, “An Examination into the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (1787)
User avatar #491 to #488 - dikslapping (01/22/2013) [-]
The military is made to protect the constitution not the government itself. Yes there will be some that will fight for the government but a vast majority will not fight for the government.
#484 to #457 - satansatan (01/22/2013) [-]
Seems like a legitimate reason to me, even though countries like Germany, France, Denmark etc. don't need guns, in order to "keep the government in check".
But it's a fair reason, I see!
User avatar #511 to #484 - thatguywhohasbacon (01/22/2013) [-]
Also it's a level of a testament to freedom, a government trusting it's civilians to the extent that they allow them to carry weapons that are just as good as the military's.
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