*sits back eating popcorn*
*Steals popcorn* I seem to've stirred a hornet's nest.
Not bad. Got any more recent ones, since I mentioned "in this day"? Sure.
Naturally, the more recent we get, the messier things remain. Revolutions aren't pleasant things. Like birth, there's a lot of screaming, ugliness and pain, but that doesn't mean they're inherently bad. Even if a few kids do turn out to be horrible people.
So... one succesfull revolution, a couple hundred years ago justifies the use of guns all over the world in the present day?
The other 300 revolutions that happened are completely ignored?
Then you should have asked me to name more than one. I could certainly go on, if there were a point. The Irish seem happier. France is pretty jazzed about not having a third estate. I don't hear a lot of Vietnamese regrets about the good old days. China seems okay about the emperor thing. Eastern Europe sounds good about their independence.
Your turn: name a revolution against a government with a clean record on human rights.
Completely ignoring the people that live in that region and who suffer on a daily basis because Russia is arming the militia and the US is arming the government forces.
We're discussing civilian weapons, not government. I, at least, don't want to waste any breath on something as futile as arguing world disarmament. So yes, we can simply take away all the militia's guns. I suspect that would quickly end the conflict - would that be a successful resolution? You seemed pretty supportive of the independence movement before.
All revolutions, all wars, they could all have been solved using diplomacy. Not with guns. Overall, guns have killed a lot more people than they saved and that is fact that you cannot deny.
Every argument can be solved with diplomacy. You won't get your way, but it is solved. I prefer to live in a world in which there are things worth dying for. In which case, I would say that nearly every citizen of an industrialized nation has been saved by guns.