I'm not sure if many of you have heard about the protesters in Kyrgyzstan. Long story short, the government has been an oppresive cleptocracy for many, many years. The public got especially upset with recent widespread fraud and mismanagement. Bloody protests are ensuing. You can see an incredible set of photos and videos here that show people being executed by the police on the street - and police being beat up by protesters: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/kyrgyzstans-government-overthrown/article1525821/ What struck me about the protesters in the "video" section of the article was that they had guns. Given the brutality of the police, clearly there would be an Iran-esque crackdown on the protestors if it were possible. While proudly liberal, I've begun to appreciate the fact that public gun ownership would prevent the state from cracking down on it's own citizens. You may be thinking that the USA would never get to that point, but look at what 8 years of Bush did to the economy (did I mention I was proudly liberal?). Anything can happen, and guns are the best last defense of personal liberty.