Re: Defending against the government in the US
Just look at any country that has had a civil war in the last 50 years. Within days of the uprising starting, everybody seems to be carrying a rifle.
You can go back much more than 50 years but give credit where it's due. Oftentimes those arms dealers had the backing of one government's covert ops agency or another. Don't forget that these were just the kind of thing which made up probably 85% of the cold war. The only thing they did to update for modern times is:
sed 's/Communism/Islam/g' <ColdWar.playbook >WarOnTerror.playbook