However, in recent years, the belief in widespread gun ownership as a defense against tyrannical government has become an alluring idea, gaining traction with members of Congress as well as fringe conspiracy theorists. As Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma put it just last week, "The Second Amendment wasn't written so you can go hunting, it was to create a force to balance a tyrannical force here." And if this is insufficiently incendiary, one only need look to the doctrine of the "Three Percenters," with its ominous warning that "all politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war."
The American left is following the example of their far left fellows in Britain, using the same methods and arguments to disarm gun owners. It’s for this reason that liberal author Mark Nuckols attempts to render laughable the notion that gun owners might actually believe the “individual right to bear arms guarantees the American people against government tyranny.” Perhaps Nuckols is ignorant of world history. For Tyrants and Dictators throughout the 20th Century took great comfort in disarming the population of the nation they wished to master. Stalin in Russia, Hitler in Germany and elsewhere. Mao tse Tung liked the idea as well, stating in 1938:
Other, somewhat less “successful” mass murderers also made certain the citizenry had no chance of defending themselves. Idi Amin implemented gun control in Uganda in 1970. Between 1971 and 1979, 300,000 defenseless Christians were exterminated.
-- Tench Coxe, in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution
--James Madison, The Federalist Papers, No. 46
--Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles of the Federal Constitution (Philadelphia 1787).