The head of the NRA and others have argued that the right to bear arms is necessary for people to defend themselves against the United States government. Are these people in violation of Article 18, Chapter 115 of the United States Code? Section 2385 reads in part, that whoever "advocates, State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence" is subject to fine and/or imprisonment.
Although I personally do not like private citizens to have firearms due to their being easily abused, I can accept the licensed possession of firearms for personal protection or hunting. However, I cannot accept that a citizen has any right to take arms against the United States for any reason.
The laws of the United States passed by representatives voted into office by the citizens of the United States are what should protect the people. That is why we have accepted citizenship in a republic with a representative government defined by a constitution.
Winston N. Brundige