Cornered Rat: Sure does appear that way. All of the civilized countries that go this route eventually fall don't they. Doesn't matter what the idiology is called(Rome,Tzar,Nazi, Communist,Monarchist Colony, Facist. etc..)when the people are disarmed the tyranny that replaces freedoms consumes itself and will collapse.
In the meantime, history tells me the people will prevail some sooner than later. Certainly all with bloodshed. As the American Indian believes that all things are circular in life, so goes civilizations.