Two problems with this approach to freedom:
1) the idea that "people should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people."
Bullshit. For a country that invented the idea of government of the people, by the people, and for the people, it's awfully slow to realise that they're saying "people should not be afraid of their governments people, governments people should be afraid of their people. Quit arguing that people should be afraid of themselves, and afraid of each other.
2) the idea that people should wait until government gets bad enough that things are desperate, then shoot them in an armed insurrection.
Dumb. Given that you have freedom of press, freedom of assembly, and an election every two years for everything from congress to dog-catcher, use it to select people who will not tyrannise the country. The personal weapon is the least effective guarantor of an open society when compared to the editorial column, the peaceful protest, the twitter pic from the citizen's POV, and the ballot box. You have them. Fucking use them.
But some asshole sitting in a bunker in the middle of Montana doing nothing for his country but waiting for the day he can go and shoot his way to freedom, fuck him.