“What is the minimum level of arms that a population needs in order to allow it to resist a future government gone bad, and at what point do we decide the cost of having that capability is too high? This is the decisive question that underpins the whole issue of guns in America. Without answering it, we will never truly solve this issue.
“Most of us do not have the specialized knowledge or skillset to answer this question with any degree of accuracy — but the people who do are already among us. This is the realm of historians, statisticians and military logisticians, and they can be found on the campuses of universities and war colleges across the country. These are the people who can draw on historical examples to tell what percentage of a population usually takes up arms in a successful revolution. They can tell us what combat effectiveness we can expect out of an army that is fighting on its own soil against its own people. They can tell us what resources it would take for each side to sustain itself during a conflict and how long each side is likely to be able to do so.” – Lawrence Corbett for Times Union, What’s Missing in the Debate Over Gun Control