Americans are engaged in a fearful internal arms race. Increasing numbers of individuals are buying watchdogs, hiring uniformed, armed guards, and surrounding themselves with electronic devices to protect themselves against criminals and revolutionaries. WHY this "I-need-protection" trend in the U.S.? WHERE is it leading? Firearms have always been a part of American life. The armed citizen soldier in 1776 was the country's first line of defense. The Founding Fathers of America, believing that despots could never gain control over an armed populace, preserved in the American Constitution the right of the individual to keep and bear arms. The famous Kentucky long rifle trailblazed the wild frontier. The Winchester repeater valiantly "won the West." And the deadly Colt 45 "made men equal."
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