Sam Smith - A recent poll by the conservative Rasmussen Report finds that 65% of American adults think the purpose of the Second Amendment is to make sure that people are able to protect themselves from tyranny. Only 17% disagree and 57% of those not owning guns agree, as do 54% of Democrats.
To those who would dismiss the polls on the grounds of Rasmussen's political leanings, it's worth noting that it was only three points off on Obama in 2012 and one point in 2008.
The establishment liberal media has been painting gun owners as paranoid on this subject, in which case they are apparently living in a land two thirds comprised of paranoids.
Of course, tyranny can come from either outside or inside. As Time recently noted, "Switzerland was at risk of being invaded by Germany during World War II but was spared, historians say, because every Swiss man was armed and trained to shoot."
On the other hand, the threat can also one of internal oppression, in which case an armed citizenry may not only save our butt, but discourage would-be tyrants from even trying. I realize this may horrify some liberals, but until fairly recent years, the idea that the Second Amendment was in part to help defend against tyranny foreign and domestic was pretty much a given in all political quarters. Only in lately, as American politics has become more politically bipolar, has this view been labelled paranoid.
After all, as far back as 1784, the New Hampshire constitution declared that "nonresistance against arbitrary power, and
oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and
happiness of mankind."
And, except for their views on my state of Maine, I have found citizens of New Hampshire not to be particularly paranoid.