The second amendment has no bearing on the protection of its citizens against our own government. It is simply a privilege for law abiding citizens to own a fire arm (not a war machine). The privilege is taken away when the citizen becomes a criminal. Unfortunately when there are no controls or not enough controls policing the criminals so they don't get firearms becomes impossible. That is where we are now.
First, it is not a privilege, it is a right. It can be revoked under certain circumstances, as can any right.
England doesn't have cases where cops shoot unarmed citizens because the street cop doesn't carry a gun.
England also has had cases where they could not respond rapidly to a nut with a gun because they had no armed police. yes, nuts get guns in England....
Do you honestly believe you can defend yourself against the evils of the world without some form of government force? Are we civilized or are we not?
Civilization can depend on a number of things. 1. would be a shared moral/belief code. We no longer have that. It can also depend on government force. We are getting more of that.
While I am happy to pay for police, my safety does not depend on them. They respond after an event. My safety depends on those around me being civilized and following the laws, whether they be laws by the government or the laws of our shared moral code. Since we know that people don't follow the laws and we know that police respond to what has already happened, I must be prepared to fill in that gap by being able to protect myself.
If our government wants to wage war on the citizens of the United States it is not going to be a gun battle, it is going to be a massacre like Syria.
Perhaps, but they will face one heck of an insurgency, won't they?
You point out that the problem is with the criminals. If I have a whole war arsenal in my safe and I am not a criminal, what difference does my arsenal make to you? If I am a criminal, the law already says I can't be armed...but I ignore the law....because I am a criminal and don't care what it says.