A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. - The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, 15 December 1791
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. - Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms.... The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson in a letter to William S. Smith in 1787
Unlike the protest movements in other nations, the popular uprising in the United States is armed - very well armed. Exercising the Constitutional right to bear arms, a "well regulated militia" in Arizona took part in the Occupy Phoenix protest on 15 October 2011. The presence of a group of well-armed and trained veterans was meant to help keep the peace and protect the protestors from police violence.
The presence of a well-trained militia of armed veterans to protect the demonstrators from police violence is clearly an effective strategy. The police are much less likely to use violence or fire upon a group of citizens that can fire back. Police in Oakland, California, on the other hand, fired on peaceful veterans who were trying to keep the peace - but were not armed.
“OCCUPY PHOENIX” - 15 October 2011 - The U.S. Border Guard, a private organization of U.S. veterans that patrols the border with Mexico, deployed an urban combat trained security squad to the Occupy Phoenix rally as armed peace keepers and legal observers. The Rangers took a non-political stance to defend peaceful assembly and free speech of all citizens by exercising their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
Our founding fathers and founding mothers knew full well that the 2nd Amendment is what protects all our other amendments from tyranny. The U.S. Border Guard protected the rights of all parties involved. Source: USBorderGuard.com