As members of the church we are advised to be prepared for hard times. As we try to do our best in obtaining food storage, let us not forget other things that may be necessary in trying times. I would hope that everyone would have the means of defending his family, and the food storage that may be vital to the family's survival. Our Founding Fathers had the means to defend themselves and their families; certainly the Lord expects no less of us. The time may come when the physical safety of our families will depend on us alone.
Alma 43:47 And again, the Lord has said that: Ye shall defend your families even unto bloodshed. Therefore for this cause were the Nephites contending with the Lamanites, to defend themselves, and their families, and their lands, their country, and their rights, and their religion.
Alma 59:13 And it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the government, because of their indifference concerning the freedom of their country.
Our Founding Fathers knew the importance of self-defense. That is why they included the second amendment in the Bill of Rights. In more modern times, President Benson stated in "God, Family, and Country" that he would do everything in his power to uphold the bill of rights, particularly the 1st & 2nd amendments.