Joe Biden doesn't get why gun rights are a bulwark against tyranny

Joe Biden doesn’t get why gun rights are a bulwark against tyranny

Gun Rights

As Joe Biden’s flailing campaign headed toward a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire, the former vice president managed to get off some doozies. Perhaps most memorable was the time he jokingly dismissed a student questioner at one of his events as a “ lying, dog-faced pony soldier .” But the man who first held federal office during the Nixon administration also managed to reveal his ignorance about one of the key arguments for gun rights. "Those who say ‘the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots,’ a great line, well, guess what?” Biden lectured his audience in the “Live Free or Die” state. “The fact is, if you’re going to take on the government, you need an F-15 with Hellfire missiles. There is no way an AK-47 is going to take care of you." Even though we believe that the Biden candidacy is fated to pop soon, the argument he made is such a prevalent misrepresentation of why gun rights supporters view the Second Amendment as a bulwark against liberty that it’s worth addressing. Yes, of course, critics are right that civilian gun owners wouldn’t be able to overthrow completely a government willing to fully deploy a vast, expansive, and technologically elite military force. But that’s not the point. Our founders believed that every man has the fundamental right to resist tyranny. Furthermore, one doesn’t need to defeat the government in armed civil war for an armed populace to still serve as a bulwark to tyranny. […]

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