One armed individual can hold an entire family captive.
Armed force is what compelled Native Americans into submission.
Armed force (within a "justice system" under thrall to Mars-rules) is what continues to enslave the Black Community (now it's via a modernized prison-industrial complex or new Plantation System).
You imply that citizens have the power to stand up to the MIC. That might have been true in its early stages, but now with courts, politicians, banks, corporations reliant upon and/or beholden to the M.I.C. it is a brutal and pervasive force with tentacles woven into many states' economic systems.
This idea that the peaceful citizen CAN take down the Beast is its own fiction. It's no different than asking why Palestinians put up with Israel's heavy handed martial fist.
Equations based on power, particularly well-armed power are not those that conform to Democratic outcomes or operations.
And if my comment draws in the NRA gun-toting macho wannabes... who lust for blood-in-the-streets style revolution, you should know that the M.I.C has weapons that can split your ear drums, collapse your internal organs, and make you lose your bowels before any shots are fired.
The ONLY thing that can overcome the Beast is a combination of global consciousness shift (and it IS happening), added to financial collapse (inevitable), added to total implosions of the natural world (also underway).
Meanwhile, just because YOU and your pals are stuck inside the paradigm of the warrior-god and see life through a prism that insists that this archetype defines human nature (and thus the entire population pool) hardly makes it real or true. Therefore, I will continue to speak for Other. Like attendees of "The World Social Forum," I assert that "another world is possible." WE are not all warriors or amenable with the creed of this spiritually-retarded, albeit heavily armed and dangerous archetype that defines merely a segment of humanity.