“The Second Amendment is not about hunting,” NRA Maryland liaison Shannon Alford said to USA Today in 2018 “It is not about competitive shooting. The Second Amendment is about self-defence. It’s about being able to stop people who would do you harm, whether that’s a criminal or the government.”
Taking up arms against our government is not an abstract proposition.
Real people would be killed.
So who- specifically- from the government would be shot?
Your neighbourhood police officer?
The local high school graduate who joined the Marines?
EMT’s and firefighters?
Life in the United States is not a dystopian movie, video game, or comic book.
In a battle against our own government real people would be killed.
Real families would grieve.
Some of them would be your neighbours.
So while revelling in a dystopian fever dream about a tyrannical government be sure to match real human faces to hypothetical oppressors that would be shot: the police and military who protect us every day.