OK, so. please question time: the second amendment references "a well regulated militia"... nifty. So that has been taken to mean every American, citizen or not. OK, cool... Why? Why is that important? A militia was mentioned in order to preserve the rights of the people from all threats, including the government... Well, we have the army, Navy, air force, Marines, coast Guard, national Guard, etc to protect us from outside threats. For inside threats... OK, let's assume for a moment the Feds went off reservation and decided to start mass removal of all rights and going full police state on us... what would we, citizens, do to fight back? if we took up arms, well... long story short (I'm on mobile and making more typos Tham I care to fix... damn you autocorrect) if we took up rifles and pistols and assault rifle and shotguns... what good would that do us against a military response involving APCs, IFVs, and other armored cars?