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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

You Need Guns to Overthrow a Government?

Posted by Eli Sanders on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Via Sullivan, a great point:

T]he country ranked last on the [Small Arms Survey] — with only 0.1 guns per 100 people — is Tunisia, which as you'll recall was still able to overthrow a longtime dictator in 2011. With only 3.5 guns per 100 people, the Egyptian population that overthrew Hosni Mubarak was hardly well armed either. On the other hand, Bahrain, where a popular revolution failed to unseat the country's monarchy, has 24.8 guns per 100 people, putting it in the top 20 worldwide. A relatively high rate of 10.7 guns per 100 people in Venezuela hasn't stopped the deterioration of democracy under Hugo ChÁvez.

Also: If you can't legally buy a tank, or a warplane, or a missile launcher—and you can't—then do you really think you're going to be able to rely on small arms if you someday need to overthrow the government that spends more on its military than the next top 14 countries combined?

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