I beg pardon then; I think I misunderstood.HungryHobo wrote:I actually wasn't thinking in those terms.
my point was that it wasn't quite as simple as omgr's stereotype of the people in power stockpiling guns because just as there's a massive correlation between power/status and wealth there's also a strong link to level of education.(the 2 of course are also interlinked with the wealthy being more likely to get educated and the educated being more likely to get rich but that only makes the lower rate of gun ownership for the college educated more notable)
I do think omgryebread's point is relevant (that the people stockpiling guns probably do not strongly correlate with the people under highest risk of being brutalized by their government); I'm not sure what sort of action it implies, though. But I think it is fair to say that, as counter-intuitive as it might sound, the people who want guns the most tend not to be the ones who need them the most.
In other words, among gun-owners, the 'you can pry my gun from my cold dead hands' crowd tend to be the least at risk for having their guns pried from their cold dead hands by the government. And I don't think the reason is because the government is afraid of them.
I strongly suspect that these situations would not have been largely alleviated by an arms race between a government and its citizens; I strongly suspect that such an arms race would, in many cases, escalate mortality rates. It is my experience (perhaps limited) that policies based on fear, intimidation, and threats--creating them or acting on them--inevitably increase the possibility of violence.ctdonath wrote:"The alternative", as you put it, had hundreds of millions of victims in the last century alone, and likewise throughout history. Just because you don't participate in the "arms race" doesn't mean you won't be victimized ... to the contrary, it increases the odds you will.
That being said: I recognize that arming yourself against your government may sometimes be warranted, but if your only option consists of engaging in an arms race or being victimized, I think there's been a critical failure at some prior junction. I don't oppose people making decisions in their own best interest (particularly when their life is on the line!), but I'm wary when it's framed this way--that it's a choice between arming yourself or becoming a victim. That is sometimes the choice, but I suspect it is not the choice as often as people say.
(Then again, I am often surprised to discover just how little I actually know about the choices people face.)