And regarding the canard about the state uses guns to support public libraries -- what planet do you live on? In the U.S., private citizens with guns pose a much greater threat to your life than armed agents of the government. The point is that if you don't pay your taxes, you go to jail. How do you think the police enforce the law? They do it with, guess what? -- guns. There is no difference between a robber who steals your money against your will and the government who taxes you -- no difference between a kidnapper who abducts your children and the selective slavery system that inducts them into the army via military conscription. In both cases, the victim is being coerced against his will. In a private business transaction, by contrast, the exchange of money for goods or services is voluntary. If you don't choose the goods or services, you're free not to buy them, in which case, you don't have to pay for them. Under taxation or military conscription, you're not free to refuse. If you do, you go to jail. No private business can put you in jail for refusing to pay for its products if you don't want them. Private citizens are prevented by law from using physical force to obtain benefits from others against their will; it is only the government that has that prerogative in this country (or in any country). Moreover, the government in this country commits theft on a far grander scale and to a far greater extent than private thieves ever could.
As for private citizens with guns being a greater threat to your life than the government, tell that to all the conscripts who died in the Vietnam and Korean Wars. You might also consider reading Rummel's book Death by Government, which chronicles the staggering amount of mass murder of innocent people by governments throughout recorded history. Moreover, much of the violent crime that exists today is due to the drug laws already enforced by the government, which fosters criminal gangs peddling narcotics and engaging in violent turf wars to defend their underground businesses. If drugs were legal, they would be sold like alcohol and cigarettes are today; there would be little or no crime associated with their sale and distribution. Besides, it is only private criminals with guns, not law-abiding citizens who own them, that pose a threat to your life. And it's the government's laws against gun ownership that make these criminals all the more dangerous, because they know that law-abiding citizens are defenseless against them. John Lott's work in this area shows that the more concealed weapons private citizens are permitted to carry, generally the less crime there is, because potential criminals are deterred by the knowledge that their would-be victims could very well be in possession of defensive weapons. You can dispute this if you want, but the evidence supports it, especially for home-invasion robberies. The crime in Britain these days is out of control due to the strict laws against weapons possession. When weapons are outlawed, only outlaws will have possess them. It's a conservative cliche, but it's true. Also, a lot of crime is cultural. For example, blacks and Hispanics exhibit higher crime rates than whites, and whites, higher crime rates than Asians. But for any given ethnic group, crime rates tend to be lower when private citizens are permitted gun ownership and the right to carry concealed weapons. Black inner-city crime is lowest in those areas where residents are permitted to carry guns, and highest where they are not.
No, if you really want to have a government agent with a gun show up and threaten you, just cause a disturbance at, or try to defraud, the privately-owned resort I run. I'll introduce you to a couple of Yavapai County's shaved-headed young deputees. You see, in my reality people with guns make sure that you pay the money you owe us and that you don't damage the property. The point was not that all use of force is bad, but that the initiation of force against innocent people is. If someone has already initiated force or fraud (which is a form of force -- of gaining a value without the voluntary consent of the owner), then the police have a right to use force against him, to arrest him and put him in jail. That's not what is being objected to here. What is being objected to are acts of government force that do not involve the defense of people's rights, e.g., taxation, conscription, eminent domain, anti-abortion laws, drug laws, or any laws forbidding acts between consenting adults. All such laws are enforced at the point of a gun against innocent people who have harmed no one. The government doesn't give you the option of choosing whether or not to obey its laws. If you don't obey them, you will be forced to pay a fine or you go to jail. Government is force, and it is overwhelming force. Private citizens are no match for it. And those who worship the government's aggressive use of force to rob, plunder and enslave its citizens and to deny them their civil rights, such as the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th amendments to the Constitution (the long-forgotten Bill of Rights) should be ashamed of themselves. Today, we have ceded the moral high ground to this amoral leviathan, so brain-washed have we become! It's disgusting!