I had to post this in response to discussions I have had here and in the non cyber world. I was heavily into the Patriot/ Militia movement throughout the 90's and into the early "aughts". I saw first hand what happened when the PTB started to crackdown on the movement. They began to arrest leaders and threaten and harass others. Many of our top leaders went to prison on trumped up charges. The die hard rank and file faded away like a morning fog. Many a uniform ended up in a burn pit or dumpster. And the first to fling off their uniform or any association with the movement were usually the ones who were the most vocal and adamant at meetings. The "from my cold dead hands" types. They were the first to disappear. So I am naturally very pessimistic about "we the peoples" ability to rise up and throw down an oppressive regime. People are much more likely to roll over than rise up. When faced with prison or death, or even the loss of jobs, homes and family, most will simply roll over, or bend over, and accept whatever freedom depriving, liberty stealing measures the government is enforcing. The dream of the 3% resisting a tyrannical government is a fantasy. A few, a very few, would, for a brief moment resist. But they would be swept aside with little notice by the populace. Probably with fanfare and cheering from the vast majority of our brainwashed masses. And with some regret and shame from those who know the truth yet kow towed to the PTB all the same. Here is a story that I think is a premonition of what is yet to come. Imagine the scenario on a national level. All firearms are banned from private ownership and by Jan. 1st 20?? anyone in non compliance become felons and face prison time. How long will the lines be? How many will remember shouting "from my cold dead hands!" while hanging their heads in shame and trying not to be noticed? How many NRA membership cards will go up in flame? How many pro 2nd amendment Tee shirts will end up in the garbage dumps? A great many more than you want to believe. A far far greater number than you would ever have imagined. And the 3% will be far far less than ever hoped for. Connecticut today, the rest of US tomorrow. IMHO and I do hope YMMV. Conn. gun owners rush to register weapons, ammo - Yahoo Finance HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut gun owners are rushing to register certain firearms and ammunition that will be considered illegal contraband in the new year. People have been lining up early in the morning at the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection's headquarters in Middletown in recent days to turn in applications for assault weapons certificates and high-capacity magazine declaration forms so they can legally keep the items.