When I said guns in the hands of citizens was a check and balance, I was referring to longer than 70 years ago, when they wrote the constitution.Someone here will point out the whole Germany/Hitler thing. We can play that game, too. Do you imagine that no one stood up to Hitler? LOL So, assume that someone did. What do you imagine happened to that person?
Even 70 years ago, a gun was not enough to protect yourself from the tyranny of a government. It really is a fool's argument.
I do think that the government would have to take into consideration the fact that there are MILLIONS of armed citizens (Democrats and Republicans) if it was to go in an extremely radical direction.