Ken Blackwell has a good post on the role of gun ownership in the civil rights movement. I've always thought (as did our founders) that the hallmark of free men is the ability to bear arms. Slaves and serfs depend on their "betters" to defend them.
Free men defend themselves.
This thought ties directly to our struggle against the Islamofascist Qutbists and is at the core of my post on Birmingham, Bali, or Baghdad.