To this, a person who I went to high school with wrote back a response that indicated that they didn't know what fantasy the writer was speaking of. "The right to bear arms is about protecting our country from a government out of control," this person maintained, going further to say that we may some day have to take up arms against a tyrannical government.
Compare this and other Tea Party statements and sentiment to this statement:
The government is afraid of the guns people have because they have to have control of the people at all times. Once you take away the guns, you can do anything to the people. You give them an inch and they take a mile. I believe we are slowly turning into a socialist government. The government is continually growing bigger and more powerful and the people need to prepare to defend themselves against government control.This statement is from Timothy McVeigh, the crazed militia loving bomber of the Oklahoma City Federal Building who killed 168 people. Back then McVeigh and his sentiments were rightfully viewed as completely nuts, the rantings of disenfranchised lunatics with a warped sense of history and indignation.
So how is it that almost 20 years ago the idea of armed insurrection is now mainstream? Why is it that the sentiments that led to taking so many lives are now considered a mainstream view? Why do so many people who outwardly seem rational inwardly seem to think we're only a day away from some sort of freak Red Dawn scenario where they're going to be foot soldiers to "take back 'Murica!"