If that is so, then you may as well get rid of that guarantee right now, because it is hopelessly, laughably out of date. You expect to take on a tyrannical government commanding a modern army with your bolt action hunting rifle? Seriously? Such concerns are obviously not worth taking seriously.
#48 | POSTED BY DIRKSTRUAN AT 2013-09-16 07:30 PM | FLAG:
Actually, evidence seems to suggest that armies can have great difficulty in combating asymmetrical warfare.
Historically the way a "modern" (relative term) armies deal with insurgencies is genocide. Haitians won their independence and they didn't even have guns when the war started, and fought against several imperial armies, and defeated them. Sympathetic anti-slave Americans gave them guns and supplies at times too, until they started chopping the heads off of all white people.
When the Brits sent the world's most modern army, with repeating rifles, to fight the Boer, who were farmers on horseback with bolt action rifles, the Boer decimated them repeatedly until concentration camps were introduced on the populace. The Nazis couldn't really stop Jewish insurgency, with the world's most modern army and a genocide industry. Afghanistan turned into a wasteland run by Warlords. Iraq is car bombs and sectarian violence. Russians rolled back militants in the second Chechen war, but the insurgency goes on.
Modern armies are good at blowing up other modern armies, but mustering the necessary troop density per square mile to successful occupy countries is incredibly difficult unless you're willing to just flat out murder all of the occupants.
The guys who wrote the amendment are on that list of underdogs who fought, got beaten by repeatedly, and then eventually beat the people that at the time were the worlds most modern, well trained, and well equipped army in the world. In this case that army was backed by a navy that had reigned supreme in numbers, tactics, technology, and victories for over 170 years who also on occasion came on shore for war crimes against civilians, and a large section of the local populace.
Assuming a powerful, modern army trumps all is a strain of thought best left to wackos on the far right spouting American Exceptionalism.