Great social changes have been instituted in the USA by convincing the public of the correctness of your cause and wielding power via the ballot box.
African-americans were slaves and couldn't vote. Women couldn't vote. Now we have an African-american president and several viable female contenders for the presidency.
Wars that were not supported were ended by the ballot box and not by revolution.
Only some in the gun world are so fearful that they cannot convice others of the righteous nature of the RKBA and the use of the ballot box that they have to propose revolution and put on the tin foil combat beanie.
That is the time to resist. When the handcuffs come out. NOT after you put them on.
The trick, of course, is to recognise the handcuffs for what they are. Even if they have a cute fur cover on them.
I can't give you a definate answer of when that time is, only that it is not today. Tomorrow things may be different. I don't see any handcuffs yet. But there is something glinting in the distant light.
Also, this. Revolution is always supposed to be a last
resort, which is why many in polite society get a little uncomfortable when some folks like to talk just a little too much
about it. It gives the impression that you're waiting
for it. I hope any revolution doesn't come in my lifetime, or that of my children, or of their children.
As far as handcuffs go, there was an interesting post a while back in the old L&P forum basically explaining why second amendment rights are not the only concern to a free society, or even necessarily the greatest
concern. As far as handcuffs go, I'd consider increasing restrictions on freedom of speech, press, and assembly to be much
more worrying than some silly ban on semi-automatic rifles. The former are much more powerful tools to fight a tyrannical government, especially one as well-armed as ours, than an AR-15.
Not that the rifles won't help, of course. But one might argue that it's easier to get ahold of some rifles (there are plenty in the world, and somebody will always be willing to profit off a revolution) than to regain the ability to easily communicate, organize, and rally others to your cause.