Someone on Quora asked, "How does an average American gun-owning citizen rationally justify his/her possession of gun(s)?"
Here's my answer, archived for when Quora suspends me:
In June of 2010 there was an AT&T webserver on the open Internet. There was an API on this server, a URL with a number at the end. If you incremented this number, you saw the next iPad 3G user email address. I thought it was egregiously negligent for AT&T to be publishing a complete target list of iPad 3G owners (there were active iOS exploits at this time, I had just reported one to Apple and it was still unpatched), and I took a sample of the API output to a journalist at Gawker. I feel that when a big company puts you at risk you deserve to be informed and they deserve to be embarrassed.
I lived in Fayetteville, AR at the time. It is the city I was born in. I had a spiritual attachment to that land. I wanted to die there, which is why I had not left it despite all my friends shouting at me that I was a political target for the government and needed to leave the country. I thought I would be protected by not being a criminal. I knew I was a political target because the FBI had been harassing me previously due to my personal policies of embarrassing corporate entities, so I had rid myself of my guns in hopes that they wouldn't claim they thought I was armed and murder me in my home. I had never been more attached to a possession than my Saiga 12, but I sold it anyways. I was not armed when the federal agents busted in the door.
After years of being kidnapped to a foreign jurisdiction of New Jersey which I had never visited, falsely imprisoned, and tortured, my case was overturned on Constitutional grounds. The court admitted that I was not a criminal. I was "freed" from a prison, only to find myself in another. Because I was charged with fraud, financial institutions don't want to do business with me. Everyone has a record of the conviction but nobody does of when it was vacated. The federal government still conspires against me, sending informants to try to entrap me and my coworkers. Girlfriends are harassed at airports. After I was kidnapped to New Jersey, my former home was bulldozed. I finally left America as a refugee in desperation, and foreign intelligence agencies and law enforcement continue to act aggressively towards me. I just fled Croatia after Europol tried to unlawfully detain me.
My life never recovered. I didn't commit a crime, but I may as well have been executed. I asked the government to compensate me for the harm and violence they did to me, and they ignored that. It turns out they have "sovereign immunity". The feds are not like states-- if they harm you, you need their permission to sue them. My life ended on January 18th, 2011 when they kidnapped me to New Jersey. Since then, I have been a walking dead man.
I wish every day I had not rid myself of my guns, and I had wired the entrances of my building with explosives. I wish that I had actually died, and taken as many feds with me as possible. This is actually the reason that the framers gave us a sacred right to own guns. They didn't care about self-protection nearly as much as the regular and cyclical slaughter of authority figures to keep them in line. Thomas Jefferson put it plain as day: "the tree of liberty must be watered, from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." You can simply look on the news and see cops executing American citizens in cold blood. You want to entrust your safety to these people, with no hope of resisting them if they turn against you? You're a fool.
The only reason I keep breathing today is in the hope that I will see a Day of the Rope when they are brought to justice. This cause is why I am still alive now, after losing everything. I can't tell you to arm yourself, or what to do with those arms when they come for you. I can only tell you, mourning for my lost home in a foreign land, the sole thing I would change in my life if I had the chance to do it all over again.