The United States is a Constitutional Republic and our Government governs with and by our Consent! Our government has grown so large that it is fast forgetting this important message that was written into our governing documents starting with the "Declaration of independence" and articles of confederation which was replaced with our "Constitution" Reading Thomas Jefferson reminds the reader that the 2nd amendment had nothing to do with personal protection or hunting or sport! it was specifically written to warn government that the people have the right to remove them by force if or when they become unresponsive to the citizens.
As a Constitutional republic our laws were designed to protect citizen minorities from the majority where a democracy has the exact opposite affect and allows any majority to infringe on the freedoms of all minorities!
The best simple way to look at that is 2 wolves and a sheep voting on what is for dinner!
It seems that the world goes in cycles and governments come and go, some governments are based on freedom while others are repressive. Young healthy governments respect freedom and old established ones seen to loose that insight.
Are we fast approaching a time when we must replace the old entrenched government ? IF SO do we have men of wisdom and insight equal to the task like our nation had in 1776 ?
Freedom is not free ! are you personally willing to pay the price for freedom?
Back in 1776 our founders trusted their neighbors but did not trust the kings men who ruled them?
Who do you trust ?